The KEYS Program has been selected to receive a $5,000 grant from the Tony Stewart Foundation for its Dawn's Song project. The Tony Stewart Foundation (tonystewartfoundation.org) announced the award in its first quarter grants announcement on March 16. The Tony Stewart Foundation has provided a $5,000 grant specifically to help KEYS provide its new Dawn's Song packets for children attending summer camp at the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
The KEYS Program is a children's charity, founded by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Official David Bennett and his wife Colleen of Sherrill, in memory of her father, who passed away from cancer in 1993. Music therapy had such a profound impact on her father's quality of life during his battle with cancer; they created KEYS to help children facing the same difficult battle. KEYS has a dream that all kids with cancer and serious illnesses can enjoy the benefits of music as part of their treatment, recovery or journey. With the help of hundreds of race fans, teams, foundations and supporters, KEYS makes this dream a reality by giving away special music therapy gift packs to kids who are in hospitals, hospice care and camps, such as the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Dawn's Song packet includes a music therapy CD and activities parents can use to help alleviate the pain, stress and anxiety their child faces while undergoing treatment.
"We are thrilled with the Tony Stewart Foundation's continued support of our music outreach at the Victory Junction Gang Camp," Colleen Bennett said. "The camp holds a very special place in our heart, as it does for Tony. The Dawns' Song packets will be given to the campers as part of the goody bag they receive at camp. Our hope is the music in each packet will assist them in their battle when they return home and that it will be a constant reminder of their amazing experience at camp, helping to keep their hopes high and their hearts happy!"
This grant is for a small segment of the overall Dawn's Song program -- KEYS has set their goal to provide Dawn's Song packets to almost 5,000 children this year! To learn more, visit keysprogram.org.