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Spotlight: Masonic Children's Hospital volunteer provides free harmonica lessons

Volunteer Mike Hinderscheid leads harmonica lessons for patients and families at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Mike Hinderscheid has been volunteering at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital for a little more than a year, providing free harmonica lessons to patients and their siblings.

When Mike Hinderscheid took up the harmonica as a teenager, he had no idea that he might later use his skills to help children facing conditions like cancer and heart failure. But today, Hinderscheid brings smiles to the faces of University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital patients and siblings by providing free lessons.

We asked Hinderscheid to share some highlights of his experience in this unique volunteer role—and then convinced him to play a song for us!

Why are you passionate about your volunteer work?
It is such a blessing to meet the kids and see them enjoy and experience playing the harmonica. I love that for a short time, they forget why they are there.

What is one of your favorite memories from your work as a volunteer?
I was able to give a second lesson to a teenage girl, and it was great to see how much she progressed since the first lesson I had given her. I also enjoy when I hear the kids playing their harmonicas on their own after I leave their room.

What do you love about being part of the University of Minnesota Health community?
I enjoy being part of a community that really loves and cares for the kids that they serve.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I work for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Quality Assurance Analyst

Tell us one surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
When I was a teenager, I spent Thanksgiving weekend at Ray Kroc’s ranch in California. Ray Kroc was the founder of McDonalds, and his nephew was a childhood friend of mine.

Can we hear you play?