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Updated Mar 7, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Scottsdale student using play to improve lives, heal

Playing to Heal Founder Serop Sayadian plays his guitar in a studio. (Facebook Photo)

PHOENIX -- A Scottsdale, Ariz. medical student wants to change the world and help people heal using various means of play.

"It's something I've always dreamed of doing," said Serop Sayadian, founder of Playing to Heal. "It's somewhat of a calling. You don't have to be a doctor to heal someone. There's physical healing, spiritual healing and emotional healing."

The non-profit organization was created to inspire people to use their talents to bring joy into the lives of the sick or needy.

"I think people have an innate desire to give back and help. I believe we all get satisfaction from it," said Sayadian.

He and others are planning a tour of the west coast to share his personal love of music with orphans.

Playing to Heal, still in its infancy, is looking for anyone with an interest, be it in sports, music, art or just about anything creative to spread its message.

Sayadian has already partnered with several local bands and charities. To find out more, go to or find it on Facebook.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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