Ron Kornblut Fund

Our son, Ron, lost his battle with cancer in 1997. He was 31 years old.


In 1996, we founded the Ron Kornblut Memorial Fund to help those, like Ron, who struggle with this devastating illness. Proceeds benefit the Music Therapy Program headed by Deforia Lane, PhD, nationally renowned Director of Music Therapy at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. To date, we have raised more than $250,000 in support of this meaningful and healing program. Dr. Lane and her dedicated and talented staff touch lives every day by easing anxiety, inspiring hope and bringing joy to patients who fight cancer.

With kind assistance from the Ron Kornblut Memorial Fund, the Music Therapy Program boasts a well-respected and highly competitive internship program, drawing as many as 40 applicants each year for 5 positions. Presently, the program supports five music therapy interns, representing Boston, Philadelphia, Utah, Barcelona and Taiwan. Your generosity provides stipends, lodging and meal tickets to assist these interns, who participate in numerous community presentations. Examples include:

  • Society of Integrative Oncology
  • Hospital grand rounds at regional hospitals
  • LearnInn, National Council of Jewish Women
  • Baldwin-Wallace, Cleveland State University, John Carroll
  • Music and Brain Symposium, Hospice & Palliative Care Conference
  • American Music Therapy Association Regional & National Conference

In addition, interns participate in music therapy outreach programs that benefit a crosssection of the community. Examples include:

  • Toddler Rock, a music-based preschool program at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • The Joseph S. & Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge, for oncology patients and their families
  • Ronald McDonald House for children and their caregivers
  • PNC Connection, a program for elderly in the Fairfax Neighborhood
  • Intensive Outpatient Program, a treatment and support service for patients with mood disorders

Thank you for your ongoing support. We are honored to be associated with this special program that touches the lives of so many patients and their families. Ron would be so pleased to know that his legacy lives on through such a positive and healing program. We appreciate your continued support of Ron’s memory through the Ron Kornblut Memorial Fund.

Sincerely, Joan and Taub Kornblut