A Calgary mom is raising money so teenagers can benefit from a program that’s changed her daughter’s life.
Christina Ryan’s 17-year-old daughter Emily has numerous medical conditions, including Down syndrome and epilepsy.
Emily doesn’t talk or walk, but during weekly sessions with Calgary-based JB Music Therapy, she giggles in delight, moves to the music and lets her personality shine.
“Music therapy gives Emily talents I didn’t even know she had,” said Ryan, a former Calgary Herald photojournalist.
“She loves to sing along with the music, to drum, to play instruments. If I hadn’t given her this choice, I wouldn’t have known. It gives her independence and allows her to grow and express herself.”