Tri-Valley Trainer is hosting a benefit consisting of Zumba, Yoga and S3 classes on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Individuals can take participate in 1 to 7 classes all for the one low price of $25! 100% of the $25 cost benefits the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation. They are located at Stanley Blvd at First Street, in Pleasanton. To register, contact email@example.com. For more information go to the website at www.trivalleytrainer.com.
December 29, 2011
Tri-Valley Trainer Zumba, Yoga and S3 – A Benefit for Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation – on Sat. January 7, 2012
December 20, 2011
Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation Receives $5,000 Donation From Safeway Foundation To Provide Relief to Tri-Valley Cancer Patients by Providing Access to Healing Therapies
December 19, 2011: Local cancer patients seeking pain relief during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment will be the beneficiaries of a $5,000 donation made to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation by the Safeway Foundation, Safeway Corporation and their employees.
This donation lets the Foundation, currently beginning its fourth year, provide immediate relief to local cancer patients by helping them pay for complementary therapies – such as therapeutic massage, acupressure, acupuncture, deep breathing techniques, guided meditation and/or visual imagery sessions – during their cancer treatments. These therapies are typically not covered by insurance and help alleviate the side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatments, sometimes lessening pain and anxiety.
“We are ecstatic to receive the Safeway Foundation donation,” said founder Sandra J. Wing, a dual cancer survivor. “We have admired their organization and are pleased to be able to help local cancer patients on their behalf.”
On hand to present their check to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation board was Christy Duncan-Anderson, executive director for the Safeway Foundation. “The Safeway Foundation is proud to support organizations like the Sandra J Wing Healing Therapies Foundation that work in our communities and provide support to those that need it most,” stated Christy. ” This particular grant strikes a very personal cord for me. My mother-in-law passed away from lung cancer last year and I don’t know if there was anything that could have made a difference in her ultimate outcome but I wish she had access to an organization like this.”
To be eligible for a Foundation grant, applicants must be diagnosed with cancer; under the care of a physician; undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment; reside in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, or Danville; and not have medical insurance which covers the complementary service(s) they desire.
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation raises funds throughout the year with a variety of events and activities. The group’s primary fundraiser is the Ragin’ Cajun, a dinner/dance/auction event that is held every winter. The 4th Annual Ragin’ Cajun will be held at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton on Friday, March 2, 2012. Sponsors and volunteers are sought for this festive Mardi Gras themed event.
Applications are now being accepted for 2012 grants. Interested applicants can apply online at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org or call (866) 862-7270 for an application. Friends, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to help the patient complete the application.
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is a tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, go to www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org
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Jack Barry, employee representative at Safeway presented the check (along with Executive Director, Christy Duncan Anderson) to the Board Members of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation at their November 2011 board meeting!
December 1, 2011
Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation’s 4th Annual Fundraiser: “Ragin Cajun” on Friday, March 2, 2012
Yolanda Weaver, “Ragin Cajun”, Marketing Publicist
Pleasanton, California, December 1 2011:
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation (SJWHTF) will hold their 4th annual “Ragin Cajun”, a Mardi Gras themed dinner, dance, silent and live auction on Friday, March 2, 2012. Each year, the attendance has increased with this year’s “Ragin Cajun” event selling out with over 300 attendees.
SJWHTF is seeking corporate and individual sponsors, gift basket and raffle ticket donations and public awareness of the popular “Ragin Cajun” Mardi Gras themed dinner, dance and silent and live auction fundraiser. Next year’s 4th annual “Ragin Cajun” event is on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. The cost is $85 per person. The event will be hosted by Jessica Aguirre and Mike Inouye, television hosts of NBC Bay Area news. With music provided by Pleasanton’s Brad Kinney.
SJWHTF provides financial grants ranging from $500 to $1000 to cancer patients for complementary healing therapies; acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, guided/visual imagery and deep breathing meditation. Many insurance companies do not provide coverage on complementary healing therapies for cancer patients dealing with pain and stress during chemotherapy and radiation. These therapies lessen their pain and assist them, in most cases, with a speedier recovery than conventional medical treatment, while helping to alleviate neuropathy, anxiety, stress, aches, fatigue, nausea and pain.
As of August 2011, 83 cancer patients have received grants. Beneficiary statistics are: Average age is 52, the youngest 4 and oldest 75, 84% are female and 16% are male, 38% are breast cancer patients, 76% are unemployed.
The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for funds: Currently be under the care of an Oncologist treating them for any type of cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation and their insurance does not pay for these complementary therapies. They must reside in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon.
In a recent Mayo Clinic newsletter and website, healing therapies were acknowledged as a means to complement traditional medical therapies. The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation concurs and provides funds to pay for such therapies. A recent thank you note from a beneficiary says it all, “I have been blessed to have massage therapy. It helped reduce a lot of pain and gave me a piece of heaven. Thank you so much.” These notes of thanks encourage and energize the Foundation’s volunteers and supporters.
- August, 2008 Originally founded as a Charitable Fund under the Tri-Valley Community Foundation.
- July 1, 2009 Began granting funds to cancer patients.
- October, 2009 Received its first grant from Kaiser Permanente.
- December, 2009 Received a grant from The Lloyd Symington Foundation.
- July, 2010 Received a second grant from Kaiser Permanente.
- August, 2010 Received its own 501 (c) (3) status with a tax ID number of 80-0476824.
- August, 2011 Has granted funds to 83 patients.
- August, 2011 Has over 100 volunteers.
- November, 2011 Received $5,000 donation from Safeway Inc.
Past sponsors include: Atlantic Complementary Medical Solutions, Axis Community Health, Blue Cross of CA, Contra Costa Oncology, Epic Care, Partners in Cancer Care, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, LifeStyleRX, Pleasanton Family Wellness, Robert Half International, Safeway, Inc., Takeda San Francisco, The Lloyd Symington Foundation, Tri-Valley Community Foundation, Valley Care Health System, Valley Medical Oncology Consultants, Wellpoint and Whole Foods.
In September 2011, a group of Amador Valley high school students created a Facebook page, “AV Cancer Society,”and have partnered with the Foundation to bring awareness and support to those affected by cancer. They currently have nearly 150 members. It’s the first Facebook cancer support group at Amador Valley high school.
Sandra J. Wing resides in Pleasanton and is an ovarian and uterine cancer survivor, who celebrated a five year remission milestone this year on November 16, 2011.
Video clips of Sandra J. Wing, cancer patient testimonies, event photos, as well as additional information may be found at: www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org.
The Foundation originally was founded as a Charitable Fund under the Tri-Valley Community Foundation in August 2008. On August 2010, it became a 501 (c) (3) status non-profit foundation based in Pleasanton, CA. It currently has just over 100 volunteers.