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Honoring My Voice Music founder Ian Mouser in Song at Laurelhurst Park - Oct 23

The community is invited to join in a city-wide singing of “Let It Be” at Laurelhurst Park on Oct 23 at 6pm in honor of Ian Mouser, founder of My Voice Music, who died in a road accident Oct. 14th during a cross-country bike ride to raise money for his organization. 

Last week's tragic news about Ian Mouser's death is personal to so many in Portland's tight knit music community and the thousands of youth whose lives his organization impacted. Ian was biking across the US to raise support for the members and students of the youth music nonprofit organization he founded, My Voice Music, when we was struck and killed by a truck in Arizona on October 14th.

From My Voice Music:

A deeply compassionate and creative person, Ian dedicated his life to using music to heal — touching the lives of over 14,000 young people. Words cannot do justice to this incredible person whose kindness, strength, and vision will continue to be a bright light for so many of us.

In an email Ian sent to his MVM community on Oct 21, he shared these words: 

“…We are all on a shared journey as we live out our lives. It requires perseverance no matter who we are. Of course, some people are given unbelievably steep roads to climb on this journey. All of us though, will have points in our lives where we can’t see beyond the bend and we are exhausted and we are overwhelmed.
"At this point it’s fair to say, my life’s work has been to use music and the joy of writing and recording and performing it, to create opportunities that help young people to see that no matter where they are, what they have been told (or are telling themselves), or what their past may hold, that they are capable of turning the pedal one more time… and then one more time…and one more time. If we commit to that simple feat, it can bring us to places we would never have imagined possible."
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Oregon Music News sends its deepest condolences to Ian's family and friends. Please consider contributing to one of the following collections to support his young family and to ensure that his important work continues to live on. 
Gifts to support Ian’s wife and MVM Development Director Karen, and son, Jude (age 6), can be made here:
Donations to My Voice Music in honor of Ian’s work to continue his vision can be made here:

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