My family is well-known for making music, but many don’t know my musical brothers started their journey to success with a small, personal quest to raise money for hearing aids for our brothers Virl and Tom. The power of music helped to heal our heroic brothers, and that is exactly the lesson my mother instilled in all of us. She taught her children that music could awaken and bond people in a way that nothing else can. Medications, surgeries and bandages can help to heal our bodies, while music can heal our souls.
The healing of body and soul is my mission, and it’s why I founded Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joseph G. Lake in 1983.
Music has an overwhelming ability to restore and rejuvenate. Many of our greatest memories are triggered when we hear songs or melodies from our past. One of my recent singles, "Music Is Medicine," features these lyrics: “Fill your veins with the sound of a song that can heal your soul.”
The healing of precious children at member CMN Hospitals is inspirational to me on so many levels. When I visit these hospitals, I always walk away feeling so uplifted by these miracle children. At Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. That’s 62 kids per minute.
Donations remain in the communities where they’re raised to fund critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care for member hospitals. From Las Vegas, Nevada, to Little Rock, Arkansas, children are cared for in our network hospitals.
Every time I interact with children, I’m reminded of their incredible resiliency. When I engage with patients at one of our network hospitals, it’s clear to me just how courageous children are. The families I encounter are often going through the most difficult seasons of their lives. We all experience ups and downs in life, but families who endure long nights, days without answers, and watching their sweet children suffer in pain is often too much to bear. Often, the child is the one who offers the healing grace to family members watching him or her struggle.
For the first time, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will be hosting #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, March 20-27. The weeklong celebration is an opportunity for miracle children to come together with their families. This is an opportunity to showcase the amazing work done at children’s hospitals across North America, as well as to share the stories of hope and healing of patients. While we have hosted similar events in the past, this is the first time we will be publicly sharing our experiences though social media, both in the Live Lounge and during the Facebook Live-athon, hosted by Nick Cannon, on Friday, Mar. 24, 10 a.m. to noon (EDT).
I know music is my calling, and when I see the brilliant medical staff at our member hospitals I recognize that the healing of children is theirs. It can often be a thankless, tiring and overwhelming job, but the doctors, nurses and hospital staff at children’s hospitals across North America harness the healing power of modern medicine for each child. They stay strong during tough times. They are patient with families and they remain focused on providing quality care. If my mother were alive today, she would be in awe of the growing number of children who are healed at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each day. I may not be a doctor, but I can offer my own medicinal healing through music.
Marie Osmond has spent five iconic decades in the entertainment business performing as a successful singer, television performer and entrepreneur. While Marie still tours and performs with her brother Donny in Las Vegas, she has helped raise more than $5 billion as co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.