The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer awards grant to Kids Rock Cancer


ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer has awarded Maryville University $20,000 to assist with funding its Kids Rock Cancer program. The music therapy program offers children battling cancer or other blood disorders a session with a certified music therapist who helps them compose and record their own song on a CD.

Kids Rock Cancer provides an emotional outlet and vehicle of self-expression for the children. Maryville University’s music therapy program directs the outreach offered at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis and other area organizations.

Kids Rock Cancer Project Director Kristie Skor said, “It is a great honor to be recognized among the programs serving cancer patients in the St. Louis community, and we are very grateful to The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer members for their generosity and dedication to making a difference.” She noted that Kids Rock Cancer recently recorded its 200th song, a testament to the many lives the program has touched.

Maryville University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Eschen said The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer has supported Kids Rock Cancer for three consecutive years. “We’re so grateful for the continued support from The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer. They’re helping us make a profound difference in the quality of life for some of the bravest, most courageous kids in St. Louis.”

About The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer

The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer is a non-profit, charitable organization that raises and directs funds to specific cancer-related organizations that focus on research, prevention, and care activities in the St. Louis community. Since 1969, this independent organization has raised more than $4 million. The organization directs funds not just to specific institutions, but to specific projects within those institutions and conducts a follow-up to ensure that the funds are used effectively and as intended.

About Maryville University

Maryville University, founded in 1872, moved to the national universities category of U.S. News & World Report this year. It is one of three institutions in the Greater St. Louis Area ranked in this division. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Maryville in the Top 100 Private Universities in the U.S. for Best Value.