Kids Rock Cancer music therapists Tracie Sandheinrich and Ashley Warmbrodt recently had the opportunity to spend three days with a group of young rock stars at Camp Rainbow, an annual camp held in Babler State Park for children with cancer and blood-related disorders and their families.
“It’s always a nice experience to be at camp,” Ashley says. “We get to see kids being kids, and for the most part, not having to worry about treatment.”
For their initial songwriting session, Tracie prepped a song focused on rainbows and had each of the three participants write down what each color reminds them of on a corresponding piece of paper.
“One child wrote that she loves purple because it is the color of the ribbon for neuroblastoma, while another wrote that he loves making grass angels for the color green,” Ashley says. “We practiced singing together and then, when they were ready, we recorded their voices
“It was adorable hearing each kid’s special voice, accentuating their own favorite parts of the song. Each unique voice came together to make one song, made up of the ‘Camp Rainbow Colors.'”