The KEYS Program ~ It's all about the smiles!


Parent Info

The core of our mission is to deliver music, hope and smiles to kids impacted by cancer and serious illnesses through our award-winning music therapy outreach, family respite day and sibling support programs. 


Eligibility to be a KEYS Kid

Our KEYS kid are the most amazing superheroes we know!  To be eligible for our free outreach programs, kids must be between the ages of infant and 18, and have experience one or more of the following:

  • children diagnosed with cancer, in treatment for cancer or who are a cancer survivor
  • sibling of a child who has battled cancer
  • children who have a parent battling cancer
  • children who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling
  • children battling a serious or life-threatening illness that impacts their quality of life

Once a KEYS family - always a KEYS family!  We provide support to families throughout their journey, from diagnosis, through treatment, and after they have conquered cancer until the last child in the family turns 18.  


Free Outreach Programs for KEYS Kids and their Families:

These outreach programs are provided at no cost to qualifying children and their families:

  • Free attendance at Smile Experience Family Respite Days & KEYS special events!
  • Free access and participation in our KEYS Kids Network!
  • Free Holiday Smiles Care Packages delivered to your home by our KEYS Elves at the holidays! 
  • Free admittance to community music classes and summer music camps! 
  • Free Music Toolkits and workshops for parents! 
  • Free referrals to Emalee's Musical Medicine & Songs of Love programs!
  • Qualify to apply to receive a sibling wish through our Paulie's Super Siblings program!
  • Qualify for to apply for scholarships for free music therapy sessions at the child’s home!


Music Therapy Services: We provide music therapy, music lessons and group music therapy for both children and adults battling cancer, those with autism and disabilities, and sites that serve adults with patients with Alzheimer’s/dementia in Madison and Oneida Counties.  We provide one-on-one sessions for individuals and groups sessions for agencies.  Many families qualify for reimbursement for music therapy and lessons through various waiver or insurance programs. We have a scholarship fund available for qualifying KEYS kids too! Contact us for more information at or 315-363-6446.



Apply to be a KEYS Family

If you feel your child or a family you know would be eligible to be a KEYS kid, simply fill out the KEYS Kid Application Form below and return it to us at your earliest convenience.  We will follow-up with you within 10-15 days of receipt of your application.