Songs For Life is on Kickstarter!

The Songs For Life contest is now on Kickstarter! We’re raising money to fund production of our very first album for cancer patients and cancer research. Donate a variety of amounts for some great rewards. If you think you know your music, watch our Songs For Life video and find all 11 hidden famous song melodies. If you can name them all and donate $11 to the Kickstarter campaign, you get premium rewards. We had so much fun writing this song and making this video. We invite you to be part of the solution for new therapies in cancer.

Click the image below to watch the Songs For Life music video on You Tube:

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Mambo for Myeloma

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The CrowdCare Foundation supports the “Mambo for Myeloma” Facebook campaign started by myeloma patient Dana Holmes, which bumps awareness for myeloma while funding research for new therapies. We welcome you to tap, boogie, jump or jive, post a link to your video on the Mambo for Myeloma page and donate to the CrowdCare Foundation. All donations will be used to fund myeloma research. As myeloma patients ourselves, we recognize and congratulate Dana as a perfect example of how individual patients can make a difference in accelerating the pace of research. All donations to the CrowdCare Foundation will be applied to specific multiple myeloma research projects. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a video of you, family or friends dancing – if you want to hold up a sign that says “multiple myeloma” all the better
  • Post your video on You Tube
  • Add your video on the Mambo for Myeloma Facebook page.
  • Challenge your friends and family to do the same
  • Donate to the CrowdCare Foundation, a myeloma patient-driven non-profit 501(c)3 organization for our Mambo for Myeloma campaign!

 

Calling all Musicians: New Music Contest called “Songs For Life” for Cancer Research

BY JENNY AHLSTROM

In the summer of 2010 at the age of 43, I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Because I want to fight this with everything I’ve got, I chose double transplants. During those transplants, it was tough to stay positive while my family was living out of the country. It’s a long story, but I had lots of time on my hands to rest. Coming off regular family life with my husband and 6 kids between 2 and 15, it was a rare time of quiet and calm. I didn’t watch a lot of TV or movies and I never watched the news – it was hard to find something worthwhile enough to watch that didn’t stress me out or depress me. The one thing that I did do was listen to music. I practiced my deep breathing when I listened to jazz, I was inspired when I listened to church music, and one particular Bach cello suite turned me into a puddle of tears every time (and still does). During the lonely moments, music was one of my cornerstones of support, in addition to my faith and family, that got me through.

 

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – New Songs For Life Music Contest

In celebration of the music that lifts and inspires us all, today I am delighted to share that we are launching a new music contest called Songs For Life to raise awareness and funds for cancer and multiple myeloma research.

PianoGuysGroupWe have a wonderful judging panel including the YouTube phenomenon ThePianoGuys with over 200 million views (watch them if you never have, because they are amazing), the award-winning Jessie Funk and cancer musicians/survivors including one of our favorite myeloma bloggers Nick Van Dyk will select from the best crowd-sourced songs to be included on an album. With your help, the Songs for Life 2015 album will uplift and strengthen you, while helping advance a cure.

 

Here’s how the Songs For Life contest works:

  • DONATE. Between September 15 – November 15, 2014, we invite artists to donate inspiring original or cover songs on www.songsforlife.org
  • SHARE. The artists, friends and fans then share their song entries with EVERYONE and EVERYWHERE on social media to get the most Facebook likes possible
  • VOTE. The top 20 songs with the most Facebook likes by November 15th will be reviewed by a music judging panel that includes professional musicians and musician/cancer survivors
  • RECORD. Twelve winners will be announced on the Songs for Life web site on December 1, 2014. For those musicians that need a professional recording of their song, donors have pledged up to $2,000 towards recording studio fees at Soularium Studios (and up to $1500 in travel fees if needed) to record a professional cut of their song
  • CELEBRATE. The final album will be produced in February of 2015 and all proceeds will go to the CrowdCare Foundation, supporting cancer research

You can find the contest on www.songsforlife.org.

Nick Van DykTo make this a success, we need great songs donated to the site. If you start asking around you’ll find those around you who have already created amazing music that could be donated to this worthy cause. You can find the first three donations here – they are awesome! Please share with any musicians you may know who has inspiring music to share.

To get things going, I even got creative and wrote a song about my bad co-dependent relationship with dexamethasone.

I believe there is more that patients can do to get involved in accelerating cures and new discoveries. Donate a song on www.songsforlife.org today and help us “play” in to find a cure.

 

 

CrowdCare’s First Fundraiser for Multiple Myeloma

The CrowdCare Foundation held its first fundraiser to raise money for multiple myeloma patient education and support at the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival half marathon, 5k and kids run on April 26th. We reached our goal thanks to your amazing support! It was pouring rain on this spring day, but the rain didn’t dampen our spirits. It was a great day for celebrating friendships and growing flowers. Our deepest appreciation for those who supported us and made it a successful run. photo 2 (5)FV6A8541 photo 4 (3) photo 5