Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 30, 2011

Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation receives $5,000 donation

Applications being accepted for 2012 grants for Tri-Valley cancer patients

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Tri-Valley 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 Corp. and its employees.

"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."

This donation lets the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, currently beginning its fourth year, provide immediate relief to 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.

Christy Duncan-Anderson, executive director for the Safeway Foundation, presented the check to the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation board.

"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," Duncan-Anderson said. "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 foundation grants, which range from $500 to $1,000, 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 that covers the complementary services they desire.

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.

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 fourth annual Ragin' Cajun will be held at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton on Friday, March 2.

Each year, the attendance has increased, with last year's event selling out with over 300 attendees. The foundation is seeking corporate and individual sponsors, as well as volunteers, for the 2012 dinner, dance and silent and live auction fundraiser, which will be hosted by Jessica Aguirre and Mike Inouye, television hosts of NBC Bay Area news.

In a recent Mayo Clinic newsletter and website, healing therapies were acknowledged as a means to complement traditional medical therapies, reported Yolanda Weaver, publicist for this year's Ragin' Cajun.

Weaver forwarded a recent thank you note from a beneficiary, which read: "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," Weaver said.

To learn more about the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, go to www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org.

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