We wish to acknowledge the generosity of Betty Kuhl in honor of her son, Rob McComb Hill who has donated an additional $5000 to support OMA operations throughout 2017. Mrs. Kuhl is our patron for Texas Oncology Midtown in Austin, Texas.
Casting for Recovery (CfR) and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) teamed up April 21-23, 2017 to provide an all-expense paid retreat for female disabled veterans and active duty military women with breast cancer. OMA’s Mary Liebermann, a CfR volunteer staff member, retired Air Force RN, and 12-year breast cancer survivor, provided hand and foot massage and lymphedema education for the retreat participants along with fly fishing instruction.
CfR provides free 2 ½ day retreats that offer breast cancer education and peer support for women diagnosed with breast cancer through the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. PHWFF uses fly fishing to assist with the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled veterans and active duty military personnel through education and outings. When the two groups realized disabled veterans and active military women were recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disabilities from combat deployments, and breast cancer they saw an opportunity to conduct a pilot retreat to see if these women’s needs were more unique than the typical retreat participants they serve.
Thirteen women, ranging in age from the mid-30s to mid-60s, came together at Harman’s Luxury Cabins situated along the beautiful headwaters of the Potomac River in West Virginia. It didn’t take long for them to bond and share their military experiences as well as their challenges and needs in dealing with their breast cancer diagnosis. Undeterred by a chilly drizzle, the women and their fishing instructors ventured into the clear waters where several experienced the tug on the line and the shout out “fish on” when a beautiful rainbow trout gobbled up their fly.
“What an incredible group of strong, patriotic American women! Not only are they dealing with physical and psychological trauma from their military experience, but they also have to cope with a full-time job or an unexpected medical release from active duty service; how to raise kids or care for elderly parents; and undergo chemo, radiation, and/or surgery for their cancer and the potentially devastating side effects. The women shared their worries, hopes, and dreams and developed friendships that will no doubt last a lifetime. And they laughed hysterically with each other as they tried to gently handle one of nature’s most beautiful fish while trying not to take a dunk in the chilly water. By the end of the weekend there was no doubt in the staff or participants minds that there is a need for more support groups and events for this special group of women.”……Mary Liebermann, LMT
See https://castingforrecovery.org for more information about Casting for Recovery and future retreats for women with breast cancer.
On April 13th, 2017 OMA Oregon therapists provided hand massages to the Ladies of Hillcrest Committee as part of the 5 year anniversary of their financial support toward the Noel Lesley Infusion Center located in the Providence Medical Center in Medford Oregon. During his cancer treatment, Noel Lesley wanted to establish a comfort-centered infusion room setting that provided a nurturing atmosphere so patients could better relax and feel like family. After his death, his wife, Mary took this task on and through the generous help of Hillcrest Committee, Noel’s vision continues. With OMA now providing relaxation massage for the patients, his full vision is even more represented.
Patients consistently remark on how comfortable and relaxing the Noel Lesley infusion room is to get their treatment. With just three recliners and one bed, the staff can provide one on one care and individual attention. Providence also provides free meals to the patients and free hand and foot massages courtesy of OMA.
“I don’t feel like I’m in a sterile hospital getting chemotherapy treatments. It’s almost like going to a spa!” — cancer patient
OMA was present at the live simulcast of the 2017 Breast Cancer Issues Conference in Medford at Providence Medford Medical Center on March 11, 2017. The conference provides survivors, support persons, high-risk individuals and health care professionals the opportunity to learn about and discuss breast cancer topics with leading oncologists, doctors, researchers, and fellow survivors. The keynote speaker, David Page, MD presented “Immunotherapy Trial Michoio 777; how the immune system can recognize and cure cancer” and current investigations into immunotherapies.
Gail Bailey, Lesley Moehle, and Lisa Johnston handed out information and talked with many survivors and healthcare professionals about the benefits of oncology massage.
“In 2017, 1,688,000 new cancer cases are anticipated in the U.S., with more than 600,000 deaths projected from the disease, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society, Cancer statistics, 2017.
Massage therapy can play a role in pain-and-stress relief—and since 2011, Oncology Massage Alliance volunteers have done just that for 9,000 cancer patients throughout Oregon and Texas.”
OMA is once again teamed up with RE: Cancer to help benefit their cause. OMA therapists gave free chair massages to the participants who are cycling to raise money for RE: Cancer, a nonprofit that provides support services to those impacted by cancer, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.
OMA offered chair massage at the event on Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
The event is a cycling ride honoring awareness and fun for those diagnosed with certain cancers while sporting their colors;
Givetwig raised $575 on behalf of OMA when their website highlighted our nonprofit! Thanks to Givetwig we were able to spread the word about how oncology massage can provide a safe experience for those undergoing cancer treatments. Here is what one donor said;
“I also had this experience! Someone donated a massage after my diagnosis, but when I arrived for the appointment the spa refused to see me unless I had written permission from my doctor because they “didn’t want to make the cancer spread.” Similar experience with another spa appointment weeks earlier. It was very upsetting. So glad to hear there is an org out there addressing issues like these. Thanks! Meghan”
Givetwig seeks to make charitable giving informal, easily accessible, and personal so that it becomes routine. They collect small, weekly donations that are then combined and passed-through to other nonprofit organizations in which Givetwig members can feel invested.
When a person becomes a givetwig member, they commit to donate a small amount every week ($2, $5, $10). Every week, givetwig identifies a nonprofit organization that is doing some good and donates the collective weekly amount to them (everything is passed through at 100%). Givetwig members can choose to receive a profile on this organization by email or facebook, or may choose to not be contacted and can read about the weekly organization on the givetwig blog. These profiles are meant to be not only informative, but also personal and inspiring so members will see the good that their dollars are supporting. At the end of each year, givetwig members will have helped 52 different organizations achieve their missions…
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OMA therapists, Gail Bailey, Lisa Johnston and Lesley Moehle gave chair massages to 16 cancer survivors during the first annual Breast Cancer Survivorship Conference at the Asante Smullin Educational Center on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The conference was a great success and very informative. The Keynote speaker was Annie Parker, three time cancer survivor, author of the book and inspiration of the film, Decoding Annie Parker.