Angelina's Newsletter: November 2019
Angelina's Song was founded in 2017 by Lou and Nicole Miele after their daughter, Angelina, lost her 15 month battle with a very rare cancer — Synovial Sarcoma — at the age of 11.
Angelina's Song is a tribute to Angelina's generosity and her affinity for music and dancing. In an act of loving innovation, TouchTunes unveiled the Angelina, their technologically advanced jukebox built to invoke the spirt of Angelina: Beautiful inside and out, intelligent, fun, and awash in music.
Over the past year, jukeboxes have been installed on free play for the kids at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, UMC Children's Hospital Las Vegas, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger. In addition, Angelina's Song has donated $10,000 to pediatric cancer research and over $12,000 to six different hospitals who applied for grants.
The research behind music therapy and all its applications are truly amazing, It has the power to stabilize heart rates, alleviate pain and anxiety, and improve motor skills and speech, Every child should have access to it, if only for the pure joy! In the future, Angelina's Song looks to expand into adult music therapy for veteran related PTSD, Alzheimers, and Dementia.
With the help of her family, friends, and the contribution of donors like you, Angelina's Song will endure and grow. From our greatest pain, often comes our greatest strength.
HEALING, A SONG AT A TIME
"Like play, music is universal. When patients and families enter the playroom the jukebox is a way to bring everyone together. It unites people in sometimes the most unexpected circumstances but yet in the most beautiful way. It is a wonderful distraction from the chaos that surrounds the, in the hospital," said Cassandra Ricci, Certified Child Life Specialist at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, pictured at top.
Jukeboxes are now up and running at UMC Las Vegas, Geisinger Children's Hospital in Danville, Pa., and UPMC Pittsburgh. The jukebox lights up UPMC's teen room, as pictured above.
ANGELINA'S SONG DRUMSTICKS AVAILABLE NOW
Come join the noise-makers and rhythm shakers. We have drumsticks! Some will be donated to hospitals and to our favorite drummers. Drumsticks are $25. For your own set of Angelina's Song Drumsticks, contact us on Facebook at "Angelina's Song."
SEPTEMBER LOBSTER BAKE
Over the Labor Day weekend, friends and family gather at the Miele home for a Lobster Bake. Music and laughter were the stars of the evening, while Citizen Cope played live, and then graciously played auctioneer.
Party-goers lined up to be the potential proud new owner of a Willie Nelson autographed guitar, or the beauty, pictured above, autographed by Sheryl Crow. TJ Miele took the Sheryl Crow autographed guitar home.
Clarence Greenwood, of Citizen Cope; Sabrina, Angelina's sister; TJ Miele; Ally, Angelina's sister; and Nicole Miele, stepmother, line up for a photo opportunity.
THE FUTURE IS MERRY + BRIGHT
Nicole and Lou will be returning form the American Music Therapy Association's 2019 conference with a treasure trove of new information and exciting updates in the world of music therapy. The American Music Therapy Association's mission is to "advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world."
This is a rare opportunity to network, be inspired by speakers, and attend educational sessions.
The conference is being held in Minneapolis from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2019. For more information, please visit the American Music Therapy Association at www.musictherapy.org.
ON CYBER MONDAY WE'LL DECK THE HALLS
This holiday season, Angelina's Song will be partnering with Pawn Stars for an exciting Cyber Monday Auction on Dec. 22, 2019. Some of the items for auction include:
Love Tester Machine
Neil Armstrong Autograph
Van Halen Platinum Record Award
Album Signed by three of The Beatles: George, Paul and John
Michael Jackson Autographed Photo
A most sincere "thank you" to all the generous corporate and individual donors who played their part in Angelina's Song:
Dave and Amy Lausterer
Angelina's Piggy Bank
Johnson & Johnson
The Big Bands
Citizen Cope for pledging to donate $1 for every ticket sold at his Massachusetts shows in September 2019.
Victor and Gwen Borgess
The Symphony Orchestra
TouchTunes, the largest in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform across North America and Europe. The Angelina jukebox features an all-new lighting experience, time saving snap-in components and dozens of other innovations.
Pace-O-Matic, a national leader in the development of innovative and exciting games for the coin-op industry, has never been shy about contributing a great amount of support to Angelina's Song.
The best way to support our cause is with a monetary donation. One hundred percent of funds go directly to children, adolescents, teens, young adults, and their families who have been afflicted with cancer. Our family pays operation costs as part of our dedication to our charity. We want your donation dollars to reach as far as they can!
We are truly grateful for your help in making Angelina's dream come true in helping others!
We have seen it for ourselves. There is so much love in so many hearts and so much music to inspire.
Hello, Friends and Family,
This holiday season, as our thoughts turn toward love and generosity, Angelina is alive and still singing in our hearts.
We are reminded of how she always thought of helping other kids. Before her cancer diagnosis she loved to volunteer at special events and loved to give to kids who were without, or sick. After, Angelina would ask to buy gifts for the other kids on her floor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Angelina's legacy continues to be about bringing the joy and restorative power of music to more and more children while they are hospitalized. Well through the holidays and into the new year, we will carry on, sharing her love and gracious spirit.
All the best to you and yours,