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Imagine Dragons Jams with Patients at Sophie’s Place Inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, back row center, and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, of the Forever Young Foundation, pose with children at Sophie’s Place inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento after an interactive music session on Wednesday.

The sound of tiny voices singing the chorus from Imagine Dragons’ hit single “Radioactive” trickled out of Sophie’s Place at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento on Wednesday afternoon. The band’s lead singer, Dan Reynolds, grinned from ear to ear during his hour-long jam session with patients and their families.

Dan made a stop at the music therapy space ahead of Imagine Dragons’ Evolve World Tour stop Wednesday evening at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

“This was absolutely incredible,” said Amy Medovoy, child life program coordinator, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. “Dan was amazing with our children and the group session was just perfect. It was better than we expected. We are so grateful for him to take time out of his busy touring schedule to visit us.”

Children’s Center Music Therapists Daniel Beseda and Becky Parker warmed up the audience with some patient favorites like “Shake it Off,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Shut Up and Dance.”

When Dan Reynolds arrived, jaws dropped and smartphones snapped photos as he greeted patients and their families. Once inside, Dan sat in the music therapy circle, grabbed an instrument and immediately joined in on the fun. Before long, he was teaching the crowd about different beats in songs and had the children singing along to some of Imagine Dragons’ biggest hits, including “It’s Time” and “Radioactive.”

Nurses, Child Life specialists and family members observing from outside the room smiled and got choked up at how much pleasure the visit brought to everyone.

Dan Reynolds leads children in a group version of Imagine Dragons’ hit song, “Radioactive” at Sophie’s Place Wednesday.

“This was such a good time,” said Daniel Beseda, who has been with Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for 2 1/2 years. “Dan completely engaged the children. This was one of the best music experiences we have ever had in Sophie’s Place.”

Steve and Barb Young from the Forever Young Foundation were also in attendance to promote the healing power of music therapy. Barb was glowing as she left Sophie’s Place, commending Dan Reynolds for putting on a great show.

The Forever Young Foundation made a large donation two years ago to start the construction of Sophie’s Place. Thanks to generous donations from Donut Dash, music therapy has thrived inside Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for years. Daily music therapy group sessions are held inside the room, patients and families enjoy monthly performances from the Sacramento Philharmonic and Symphony as well as regular Sophie’s Place Showcases featuring up-and-coming local artists.

“Music therapy is so special at Sutter Children’s Center and we are so glad that we were able to provide this experience for our patients and their families today,” said Amy. “They will always remember the jam session they had with Imagine Dragons.”

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