Elan's Wish to Have a Vibraphone

Name: Elan
Age: 16
Medical Condition: Rhabdomyosarcoma
Wish: I wish to have a vibraphone

Elan had a one-of-a-kind request: To have a vibraphone.

A music enthusiast, Elan spent most of his free time prior to his Rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosis playing in various bands, including the Calgary Stampede Showband. He began studying percussion instruments at the age of nine and developed an interest in the vibraphone.

His mom, Cindy, says the prospect of receiving a vibraphone helped him stay positive throughout the diagnosis and treatment of his condition.“When you are going through a serious illness, some days you have nothing to look forward to,” says Cindy. “This wish, knowing he was getting something he has wanted for a long time, really kept Elan going.”

Elan received the vibraphone at an event held at Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts at Mount Royal University Conservatory. Surrounded by friends and family, Elan and his band performed for guestsusing his new vibraphone.

Elan’s wish would not have been possible without the generosity of the Musser Mallet Company, a division of Conn-Selmer Inc. and Mount Royal University.  Further thanks are extended to the volunteers who helped make this day very special for Elan and his family.

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