HOPE Week goes to Broadway

The Yankees led off HOPE Week Monday by celebrating Daniel Trush and Daniel’s Music Foundation (DMF). Yankees players Russell Martin, Nick Swisher, Francisco Cervelli, Hector Noesi and Chris Dickerson surprised the honorees at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre prior to their Broadway debut.

The players rehearsed with DMF singers and musicians and then took to the stage as part of the performance. The Yankees invited the group back to the Stadium to sing the national anthem and attend that night’s game against Seattle.

The Yankees were joined by former Yankees center fielder and Latin Grammy Award nominee Bernie Williams, Broadway cast members from Anything Goes, Book of Mormon, Catch Me If You Can, Million Dollar Quartet and Wonderland along with other special guests, who will all lend their talents to the performance.

In March 1997, one of five undiagnosed arterial brain aneurysms struck Daniel Trush, then 12 years old. He fell into a 30-day coma and remained hospitalized for 341 days. Music became an important part of Daniel’s healing process. Ken Trush, his father, sang to Daniel in the hospital and kept music constantly playing on a bedside stereo.

His family established DMF in February 2006. The not-for-profit organization provides free music instruction to individuals with disabilities in the five boroughs of New York City. Programs are open to the widest range of individuals possible without limitations on age, disability or talent.

“Daniel could have been a victim,” Ken said. “He could have been a cheerleader, giving motivational speeches about how far he has come. But that Knute Rockne stuff only goes so far. He works with our students every day. He gives those with disabilities a forum where they can prosper and be the people they were meant to be.”

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