TESTIMONIALS

“The Lip Sync Battle was an epic event where there was a fun group of people who wanted to compete. People offered to help each other with make-up, and everyone complimented each other’s routines. Although it was a competition, the fun, amusement, and inspiration all brought people together. MiM was an important volunteer/leadership cause for me because I was able to feel like I could give back to others by being a part of MiM. I think music inspires and motivates people to be their ideal selves, and it can heal them too. My favorite memory was singing with other group members at Children’s hospital. It felt like a way where people could provide emotional support for patient’s without crossing any boundaries. I think music provides a platform for people to emotionally relate and support each other without overstepping any boundaries”

-KC Poe,Marketing Coordinator, Lip Sync Battle Winner 2016

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Clara Thomson
TESTIMONIALS

“My time with MiM was an unforgettable one that allowed me to grow as a leader while getting to help others in an unconventional manner. Having the opportunity to lead their largest charitable event was an incredible privilege, especially since the event was in honor of one of our member’s sister, who passed away from Alagille Syndrome. Through honoring Mary, I quickly came to realize that MiM was more of a family than an organization. With its unique mission and focus, I believe that KAP will unite all those of different backgrounds and talents that the University of Oklahoma offers to continue making a difference in people’s lives.”

-Quan Nguyen, OU Lip Sync Battle Chair 2017

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Clara Thomson
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“Prior to joining Music is Medicine (MiM), I volunteered with hospice and connected with many patients through music. I composed piano songs reflecting my patient’s livelihood and played it for them. I understood the value of connecting with patients and bringing them joy through music. When I learned about MiM, I was excited to meet people with the same passion that I had. Joining MiM, I received the opportunity to lead the organization’s largest philanthropy based on using music and creativity. I also gained my favorite memory by volunteering at the Children’s Hospital. The patients sang and played various instruments that outshined their illnesses. MiM provided opportunities to develop leadership skills and volunteerism. I have no doubt that Katie’s Art Project (KAP) will continue to expand MiM’s mission by not only using music but other forms of art to better the lives of children facing medical challenges. I cannot wait to see how well KAP will grow and the light it will bring to children.”

-Patricia Truong, OU Lip Sync Battle Chair 2018, PA Student OUHSC

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Clara Thomson
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“It all started with just a passion, a group of compassionate and hard-working students, and a college campus, and the rest was history. Co-founding a non-profit organization on a school campus was never something I thought I would be able to do, and it turned out to be one of the coolest things I did in college. I can’t speak for all the other amazing individuals that helped laid the foundation for the founding chapter of MiM on our campus, but for me it was so inspiring to realize that opportunities as such and the tools to make our ideas come to fruition often exist within ourselves. We just had to give ourselves the chance to try. MiM did more than intertwine art, leadership, and volunteerism for us, it brought friends, students, patients, and communities together and created many creative outlets for all the individuals involved. May it be event-planning, talent-sharing, volunteering, or mentoring, a project like KAP would surely be a place for students to challenge and enrich themselves in many ways MiM had motivated and inspired its members and communities.”

-Min Xiao/Co Founder, President, President Music is Medicine at OU

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Clara Thomson
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“Isn’t is amazing how one decision can lead to so many new opportunities if you just put one foot forward and jump right in? I never imagined myself starting a chapter on campus and at the time I almost said no. There’s no certainty that goals will succeed but the biggest thing you can do is to take your passion and apply it! Leadership can be daunting at first, especially when you are brainstorming ways to start up an idea/goal from scratch. However, with a great group of students and my founding committee, we learned how to have fun and make an impact on our patient population in small ways. It’s amazing to be a part of an idea that has the potential to grow. Even with our shortcomings, these memories and lessons I’ve carried on to help me start the next part of this journey. My team and I learned from each other and applied new experiences to widen our perspective! To this day we all call ourselves a MiM Family! This is the exact sentiment I hope to see continued with KAP Campus Chapters: A network of diverse student leaders bringing talent, leadership, and volunteerism together for a great cause that encompasses art and patients in many new ways”

-Clara Thomson, Former Music is Medicine at OU Founder/President Current Executive Director of KAP Campus Chapters

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Clara Thomson