The Foundation has already helped 24 local cancer patients by providing grants for complementary therapies, including acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, guided/visual imagery, and/or deep breathing meditation. The 24 grants of $1,000 each have provided approximately 480 total healing therapies!
In 2009, some of the grant recipients included:
- A Dublin breast cancer patient who received acupuncture treatments to alleviate muscle and bone pain caused by chemotherapy
- A Pleasanton woman with stage three ovarian cancer who was able to benefit from massage therapy before and after each treatment to reduce body aches and fatigue
- A San Ramon patient with stage four colon cancer who used guided imagery and massage therapy to learn how to relax for better pain management
- A Livermore patient whose received acupuncture treatments to improve neuropathy, a side effect of chemotherapy involving tingling, numbness, and pain in the extremities
The Foundation is now accepting 2010 applications, with a goal of awarding additional grants to local cancer patients during its 2nd year. To be eligible for a grant, which can range up to $1,000, the applicant must be diagnosed with cancer; be under the care of a physician; be receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment; reside in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, or Danville; and may not have medical insurance which covers the complementary service(s) they desire.
Interested applicants can apply online at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org or can call (866) 862-7270 for an application. Friends, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to help the patient with submitting the easy to complete application form.
The Foundation is supported by donations to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Charitable Fund, a component fund of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, a tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, go to www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org.