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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 27: Musician Chris Cornell performs at The Ryman Auditorium on October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chris Cornell‘s widow Vicky turned the Soundgarden singer’s first birthday since his death in May into a positive.

She’s teamed up with Seattle’s Childhaven to create the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program to use music therapy to work with trauma-affected children.

After announcing a $100,000 donation to the kickstart the program, Vicky Cornell said in a statement that, “Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”

The Cornell program will be available to children from infancy to five years old; the Cornells had previously donated to Childhaven’s music therapy program, which is run by Seattle musician Brian Vogan, in 2013.

Chris Cornell would have turned 53 on Thursday (July 20). He committed suicide on May 18 after a concert in Detroit.


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