Artists bring music to bedsides of kids with cancer

Waterfront Blues Festival

Artists are recording Bedstock videos to benefit sick children

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Waterfront Blues Festival has a unique music partner this year that brings joy to children with cancer.

Artists are recording special videos to support the Children’s Cancer Association.

The videos are part of something called “Bedstock.” It’s an online music festival in which artists play from bed for ailing kids stuck in theirs.

The music will be available to patients at Randall Children’s Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and other hospitals around the U.S.

Waterfront Blues Festival artists like Ron Artis II have joined the effort. The song Artis recorded from a bed in the Marriott Hotel will also raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Cancer Association My Music Rx program that brings music to the bedsides of kids being treated for cancer.

Ron Artist II performs for the Children’s Cancer Association Bedstock program. (KOIN)

“Every experience we get is a gift, we need to figure out and see and recognize that and cherish it and use it to light the way for someone else,” said Artis.

“We hope to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of these kids in these pediatric settings,” said

Whitney Wilhardt with the Children’s Cancer Association said My Music Rx strives to help improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of kids undergoing treatment.

“I have seen firsthand the powers that music can have on someone who may not be feeling very well,” said Whitney. “My Music Rx really does relieve stress and anxiety and sometimes the perception of pain in a lot of these kids in a hospital setting.”

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