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Teachers Strike Allows Steinmetz Senior to Bring Music to the Elderly

Eagle Scout candidate donates 35 musical instruments, performs trumpet and piano concert

WHAT:  While many Chicago students are playing video games, monitoring Facebook and indulging in other favorite pastimes during the Chicago teachers strike, a Steinmetz College Prep senior is completing his Eagle Scout program. Brandon Steppan will present dozens of musical instruments he collected to Gottlieb Adult Day Care Center in Melrose Park and also perform a trumpet and piano concert.  “Music is such a big part of my life I wanted to share it with a group in need and I can’t wait to jam with them,” said the 17-year-old, who has played trumpet since the age of 10.

“When Brandon learned that Gottlieb Adult Day Care did not have a music therapy program, he spent weeks asking neighbors, businesses and members at his church for musical instruments,” said Jill Nelson, RN, director of the Adult Day Care Center at Gottlieb. “I am so appreciative of his kind donation and his willingness to spend his free time to help us."

WHO:  Brandon Steppan will perform  trumpet and piano selections to senior citizens and also present 35 musical instruments he collected as part of his program to become an Eagle Scout. Brandon, a member of Scout Troop 49 at Steinmetz College Prep, will spend part of his break due to the Chicago teachers strike with area elderly.

WHEN:  11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11

WHERE:  Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Adult Day Center, 701 W. North Ave., Melrose Park, Ill.

MEDIA:  Please call Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036

WHY:  Talk to the high school senior, his father, Daniel, and younger brother, Patrick, about the importance of helping the elderly. Listen to Brandon play trumpet and piano with more than a dozen geriatric patients. Capture the senior citizens playing their new musical instruments, including tamborines, guitars, keyboards, maracas, bells, harmonicas and more.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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Stasia Thompson
Media Relations
(708) 216-5155
thoms@lumc.edu
Anne Dillon
Media Relations
(708) 216-8232
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