The KEYS Program ~ It's all about the smiles!


Our Story


"In what seemed just a blink ago, I was in a hospital room helping my mother gently maneuver headphones on my father’s ears.  My father’s journey with cancer was brief, and we knew he was nearing his time to leave us. We were just hoping music could help relax him, even just a little, and provide his body enough peace to be able to sleep after days of agitation and pain.  Within an hour…he was asleep.  As the nurses began asking what we had done to help calm and ease my father’s pain, we said, “We just played music.” That was the life-changing moment that has brought us here over 20 years later."  -KEYS Founder, Colleen Bennett


From that moment in November of 1993, the KEYS Program was born to help bring music, comfort, hope and smiles to kids going through the same difficult time in their life, in memory of Colleen's father. 


Today, the KEYS Program is a 501c3 nonprofit children's charity that provides music outreach, family respite days and sibling support to children who have been impacted by cancer and children in need of healing.  In addition, KEYS raises awareness of the benefits of music and provides healthcare professionals and parents the resources and tools they need to implement music in the care of pediatric patients every day. 


Whether singing a silly echo song with a child undergoing cancer treatment, dancing in the halls with a child with IV in one had and tambourine in the other, or providing a surprise backyard concert for a child at home in hospice care,...KEYS is there delivering music, hope and smiles to families when they need it the most.


Thanks to our wonderful supporters, KEYS provides all of its outreach programs at NO COST to the families we serve. Since 1993, KEYS has delivered just over 100,000 smiles!





KEYS Founders, Retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Official David Bennett with his wife, Colleen