Daniel's music program for the disabled

October 22, 2009 3:18:31 PM PDT
There are all sorts of foundations to help the disabled. But one in particular was founded by a man whose own experience inspired him. And when it came time for this New Yorker to figure out what he wanted to do with his life, he thought about what he most enjoyed. And now, he's turning his love of music into a career that helps others. At age 7, it was guitar. At 10, the trumpet. And these days, at 25? Well, Daniel Trush will try his hand at anything.

"It makes me feel great to play music," he said. "It's brought so much joy to my life."

So much so that he started Daniel's Music Foundation.

"I'm not only the president, I'm also a member of Daniel's Music Foundation," he said.

In three years, there are now 90 members, men, women and children, all with disabilities, learning and playing music.

"We all have disabilities," member Yvonne Whitehurst said. "It's a way to release, that's what I get out of it."

Even Daniel sings. It's amazing, considering that 12 years ago, an aneurism left him in a coma. Music was one of his many therapies, and while his music classes may be therapeutic, he wants them to be fun.

Each student there feels a little star power, and that's quite rewarding for for Daniel's family, all of whom help the foundation. And Daniel hopes that even those who are shy or not musically inclined, will give it a try.

There are currently 21 classes, but they hope to expand to 25 classes in the spring. There is a waitlist, and the foundation runs totally on donations. It is open to those 3 years old and up.

For more information, visit DanielMusic.org or call (212) 289-8912.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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