The D-MAN Foundation will host a concert with its D-MAN All Stars on  Thursday, May 16, at the Crofoot  in Pontiac. Joe Cadwallader is seen here performing with Chris Kassab at a previous concert.

The D-MAN Foundation will host a concert with its D-MAN All Stars on Thursday, May 16, at the Crofoot in Pontiac. Joe Cadwallader is seen here performing with Chris Kassab at a previous concert.

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Berkley musical foundation to host benefit concert

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 14, 2019

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BERKLEY — A local musical therapy organization will host a concert to raise funds for its mission.

The D-MAN Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to help people with quadriplegia, traumatic head injuries, spinal injuries and other diseases through musical therapy, is hosting a concert with its D-MAN All Stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St. in Pontiac.

“One of the things we like to do is when a patient is working in the studio for so long, we like to host these benefit concerts as kind of giving them the opportunity to be able to showcase their work and what they’ve been working so hard on in the studio with their therapist and their engineer week after week,” Executive Director of the D-MAN Foundation Lexus Yousif said. “It’s a showcase for them to be able to show their work, as well as donors be able to come out, enjoy the night, see where all their money and funds go to be able to help provide music therapy services for more clients.”

The D-MAN Foundation, which stands for Danny’s Miracle Angel Network Foundation, was started to honor Danny Kassab, who was paralyzed from the neck down in 1993 and died in 2009. It was founded by his brother, Ziad Kassab, that same year.

Yousif said all of the funds will go toward providing more music therapy services and the foundation’s recording studio.

One of the performers who will take the stage at the Crofoot is Allan Floyd, a singer, songwriter and producer who has been with the D-MAN Foundation since it began.

In 2007, Floyd was parlyzed from the neck down after a vehicle he was in was rear-ended, causing a spinal cord C3 injury. He said that working with the D-MAN Foundation has helped him and others with more than just a therapy studio.

“It’s a physical kind of therapy. … It is a respiratory therapy because of your singing or rapping,” Floyd said. “You’re having to concentrate on breaths and be functional with your breathing. For me, it is vocational therapy because it’s allowing me to rebuild my skills and get back into the recording atmosphere, just like I was before the accident, which allows me to create tangible products, which again allows me to have a possible career.”

Yousif said Floyd, one of the D-MAN Foundation’s first clients, has progressed a lot since 2009.

“It’s so obvious and so clear,” she said. “He’s been able to use music as his favorite form of rehabilitation since his car accident. … Music therapy has been one of the most crucial, crucial therapies to his healing and his recovery. Mentally, cognitively, socially, emotionally, I mean, (it) played a part in every single aspect of his healing process and his rehabilitation from his injury.”

Yousif said Floyd is basically a mentor for other clients.

“We like to pair new cases with him so they can see the potential of where you can be. … He ends up becoming a teacher for them,” she said.

Floyd said that performances like this benefit give the artists a confidence boost, and it brings about a social climate that is without fear for the clients and people like himself.

“With every act, you can feel, when there’s an applause, you can feel a genuine reaching out, a genuine exchange of energy and accomplishment and pride,” he said.

Floyd said it means everything to be able to get on the stage.

“It’s always interesting to see the development of people that had previous musical experience — and even careers — and people that are just now learning to use music to accomplish physical and mental feats and obstacles. With every act, there is a feeling of accomplishment,” he said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the Crofoot. General admission costs $10. To RSVP for the concert, call (248) 459-1340 or email r.kassab@mydman.org.

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