Music helps Farmingdale boy heal one chord at a time

FARMINGDALE - A News 12 Long Island viewer has brought hope to a young Farmingdale boy battling leukemia with the help of music. By the time Jake Amato celebrated his 10th birthday, he had already undergone three years of chemotherapy while awaiting a bone marrow transplant. During a 2010 interview with News 12 Long Island, Amato said he was hoping to become a guitar player.David Via, of Port Jefferson, watched that interview and felt like he had to do something to help.Working with the nonprofit organization Strike a Chord for Children, Via helped Amato realize his dream. After hearing about the 10-year-old's struggle, the Farmingdale Music Center donated an electric guitar to him, while Strike a Chord for Children paid for Amato's lessons for an entire year.Meanwhile, Amato had a successful bone marrow transplant nine months ago. His mother says knowing that he was going to get a guitar and lessons played a big part in her son's recovery.Strike a Chord for Children

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