I've had the privilege of working for Rock Against Cancer under the leadership of Lisa White, Ph.D, for the past three months. Call me a sap, but I'd like to use this blog post as a way to extend my deepest gratitude to the RAC family, while I still have the chance.
For anyone who may be new to RAC, and just happens to find this blog on our site, I'd like you all to know what a worthy and important cause this is. My dad recently told me that he was always under the impression that one person could not change the world. But, after hearing about the type of work that Lisa and RAC do for kids, he's changed his mind. Although making children happy through music may not be "changing the world," it is changing the lives of these remarkable kids who are faced with challenges many of us have never seen.
RAC's mission to empower children through music may not seem "world changing" at face value, but seeing the smiles on these kids (and their families') faces as they joined the Durham Bulls on the field at the Strikeout Childhood Cancer Night, might convince you otherwise. To make one sick child happy, even for a few hours of Music Therapy, or a night out at a concert or baseball game, is enough to convince me to support this cause. If you need further convincing, check out Leo meeting his idol, Stevie Wonder, through the help of Rock Against Cancer.
All the money received by RAC through donations go directly to supporting kids with cancer. This is a "mom and pop" organization as far as nonprofits go. Lisa makes sure to keep administrative costs at close to nothing (besides things like buying paper and ink and paying a broke college intern) so that the kids see the donations working directly for them in hospitals.
Working for Rock Against Cancer this summer has truly changed my life and the way I see the world. It may sound idealistic, but seeing children half my age and younger, who have lost so much, has really shown me how to put my own life in perspective. Lisa said many times this summer that if nothing else, my internship was entertaining, but I think she can only imagine. From lobbying Congressmen in Washington to creating a music video to Bruce Springsteen's Glory Days, this internship has been rewarding every single day.
Lisa's family's courage has inspired me to become involved in helping children in some capacity in my future career; whether it be through teaching, volunteering or nonprofit work. So, to wrap this up, I'd just like to thank Lisa, and her niece, Ashley, for having so much faith in me as an intern and giving me the chance to really get involved in this organizaiton. I've had other internships where I sat at a computer for 5 hours a day doing "busy work" for a company. Lisa and Ashley empowered me to be a leader and a problem-solver, especially in helping co-chair the Strikeout Childhood Cancer Night.
And for those of you who stumble across this, let me tell you that if you don't get involved in Rock Against Cancer, you are missing the opportunity of a lifetime. Whether you volunteer, donate, or just spread the word, you'll be changing the life of a child with cancer. And when you are dealing in the business of bringing smiles to kids, everybody benefits.
Still hoping to "change the world,"
Rock Against Cancer Intern