Actor Jim Belushi stops by Golisano Children’s Hospital

Author: Megan Contreras
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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A famous face is spreading love to kids through the power of music. Actor, musician and comedian, Jim Belushi, stopped by the Golisano Children’s Hospital Friday, to play with some of the young patients who are part of the music therapy program.

“Getting to hang out with all the kids, play, share stories, it’s really fun,” said 13-year-old Maryanna Invergo.

Through the sweet sound of music, these kids at the Golisano Children’s Hospital find a bit of peace playing tunes.

“People like me with respiratory problems, they give you a harmonica to play to help with your respiratory,” said Invergo.

Invergo is part of the hospital’s music therapy program. Friday, she was given a bongo, and told she would be playing music right along Belushi.

“The lady came in and said Jim Belushi is going to be here, mom and I looked at each other and said, ‘We’re going!'”

“I think when everyone started applauding, singing along with the song it lifted them up,” said Belushi.

Belushi says he saw a special musical talent in Invergo.

“I’d take a couple of them on the road, the one girl on the bongos was really in rhythm.”

“I’d go, I would go!”

Belushi tells WINK News music brings three things: healing, light and joy.

“These kids are suffering, and when your suffering you need something to help you,” said Belushi.

“It felt like I was with Elvis or somebody, I can’t believe they are standing right here, let’s go along with it.”

Belushi says music got him through a dark time in his life 20 years ago, and he is here to show just how powerful music can be.

“It opened my chest up to healing, light and joy.”

Belushi is is hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the music therapy program. The party on Sunday is sold out, but you can also donate to the cause by clicking here.

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