New York Magazine
NEVER MIND THE PITY
How a dying teenager's dream turned into the making of a miraculous album.
By David Amsden
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL Ukulele inspired director and local teen
WOODSTOCK — Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th century British prime minister, said it’s a tragedy when people die with music still locked inside of them.........
10/2/2009 Daily Freeman
While proceeds from Killian's acclaimed SOMEWHERE ELSE album are still in the works, KMF has generated enough donations from generous individuals to be able to award a $10,000 grant.
In December 2009, KMF's Board voted to make its first grant to the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Columbia Medical Center. "We are delighted to be able to provide support to this extremely worthy program so early in KMF's development," says KMF president Barbara Mansfield. A longtime donor to Columbia's Integrative Therapies Program pledged a $1 million match to forward the goal of making integrative medicine a standard of care in pediatric cancer. KMF's $10,000 grant, and every grant the Foundation makes in the coming year to Columbia's program be matched dollar for dollar.
Killian's goal for SOMEWHERE ELSE was to provide general support for this Integrative Therapies Program. He experienced, first hand, how the program differed from other places he received treatments, and championed its model: free therapies, conveniently provided to patients, specifically geared for children and fully integrated (charted and tracked) along with conventional therapies. Killian's hope for the future of KMF was to help replicate this model, and to spread other best practices in the field as well.