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02/21/2015 at 6:11pm

Country Artist, TY Herndon and TMF to Grant 99 Year Old Veteran His Wish

The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF) together with Country artist, Ty Herndon is granting ninety-nine year old, Veteran, Jim Scheer from the California Veterans Home of Yountville, a life long wish of recording his “Gingerbread Man “song. A song he penned in the early 40’s. Country Singer, Ty Herndon and Jim’s music therapist, Leanne Wade from the California Veterans Home of Yountville music program will coach Jim in helping lay down the tracks, sing, and record his song.




American best-selling author and screenwriter Irving Wallace was Jim's classmate and encouraged him to write for a career. Jim was well on his way as a Hollywood reporter before he had to report to duty for Uncle Sam. He Interviewed legends from John Barrymore to Susan Hayward. Jim’s books inspired and served as the basis for David Wolper’s Academy-Award nominated documentary, "The Race for Space." In Photo: Jim and his music therapist Leanne Wade




TMF was first introduced to the home’s music program when CEO, Jennifer Brusstar attended their annual talent show. “I was blown away after seeing the quality and effort these incredible veterans did in their two hour program. Sixty to ninety-eight year old residents were performing songs and playing instruments from the Doors to Patty Page. What excited us is knowing the impact a music program can have in helping improve connections in the brain. Research shows learning to play an instrument or dancing everyday can reduce your risk of dementia by nearly 60 percent!” Naturally, when the foundation learned about Jim and his life long wish, Jennifer picked up the phone and called Tim McGraw’s sister, Sandy Howard. “Ok lady we need to make this happen!” Within minutes, Sandy called back and said Ty Herndon would be honored to grant Jim’s wish!


Jim Sheer is no stranger when it comes to writing. He has authored and co-authored dozens of books and written more than a 1000 articles in nutrition and health. His book, “Foods That Heal” sold nearly a million copies. One of Jim’s books inspired and served as the basis for David Wolper’s Academy-Award nominated documentary, “The Race for Space.” “I’m excited for this opportunity for Jim, we discovered his desire to sing his song while in a reminiscing session. We are simply grateful to Ty and to The Tug McGraw Foundation for making the time in helping Jim accomplish his dream in music.” Leanne Wade



Benefits of Music Therapy: Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.


Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy

supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.  Source: American Music Therapy


About Ty Herndon

Ty Herndon was born in the heart of Mississippi, and was raised in Alabama. He grew up enamored with much of the Gospel music that was around the south, performing around home as a teenager. After high school, he moved to the Lone Star State, where he developed his craft so well he was named as Texas Entertainer of the Year in 1993. Not too long after that, Ty found himself on the roster of Epic Records. His first single, “What Mattered Most,” topped the charts in the summer of 1999, and led to other number ones as “Living In A Moment” and “It Must Be Love.” He notched a pair of Gold albums for his first two releases – What Mattered Most and Living In A Moment. The past few years have seen no end to Ty’s artistry – as he earned a Dove Award and also a Grammy nomination for his 2010 release “Journey On,” and received some of the most sterling reviews of his career for his thought-provoking “Lies I Told Myself,” from his album of the same name. www.tyherndon.info/


About The Veterans Home of Yountville California

​​Located in the heart of scenic Napa Valley, the Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) is a community of and for veterans. Founded in 1884, VHC-Yountville is the largest veterans’ home in the United States, offering residential accommodations with a wealth of recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living. Some 1,000 aged or disabled veterans (both men and women) or World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home. www.calvet.ca.gov/VetHomes/Pages/Yountville.aspx


About The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF)

TMF was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families by stimulating and facilitating research that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of the disease. Recognizing that other areas of brain research - such as traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - inform the science surrounding brain cancer, TMF has widened its scope to include a broader spectrum of the neuroscience to support advances in medical care and quality of life for our nation’s battle-wounded, ill and injured service members. www.tugmcgraw.org