The Ulman House
The Bo Strong Foundation is currently partnered with the Ulman Cancer Fund (http://ulmanfund.org) , a well-established (20 year) 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ulman Cancer Fund is currently building the ‘UCF House’, a multi-family facility just 3 blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital that will provide free housing for Young Adult Cancer patients and their caregivers. The house will create a community that fosters peer and social support, decreases financial and other burdens, and encourages hope and healing. The Bo Strong Foundation has committed to build a 500 sq ft ‘Music Healing Space’ in the basement of the UCF House. We have also committed to provide and fund ongoing music therapy programming in the space. When completed this will be a one of a kind facility.
The BoStrong Music Room
This Music Healing Space will be for musicians and non-musicians alike. As mentioned, we will fund on going programming in the space which will provide music therapy options for those Young Adults and their families staying in the UCF house. Education is also a key for the space. We will provide professional education on how music can be leveraged to improve the efficacy and tolerance of concurrent cancer treatments.
For those temporary residents that are musicians, the Music Healing Space will be a source of stress relief and therapy. The Foundation will equip the space with various instruments and equipment so that out of town residents will be able to have an outlet for their creativity as well as stress. The Foundation will manage a network of local professional level musicians who are willing to donate their time to work with Young Adult cancer patients. When a musician-resident is in the UCF house, a call will go out to solicit volunteers to come to the space and ‘sit-in’ in an impromptu jam session with the patient. This will provide a memorable and satisfying opportunity for the patient to express themselves at a high level with fellow musicians and experience the healing benefits of musical release.
Finally, it is intended to use the Music Healing Space as a venue for ‘Pop-Up’ performances by visiting national performers as a charitable gift for the residents of the UFC House to temporarily take their minds off their ongoing fight with cancer.
The Music Healing Space is being designed and built to a scalable model. The intent is that upon launch and success, the Bo Strong Foundation will seek to scale this space to other cities and locations.