Twelve cancer patients living in the Tri-Valley have been granted funds for complementary treatments such as acupuncture, acupressure, massages and deep breathing meditation as the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation marks its first full year in operation.
The Pleasanton-based foundation, started by resident and ovarian cancer survivor Sandra Wing, has gifted funds from grants it was awarded by the Kaiser and Symington foundations as well as $40,000 that was generated from fundraisers and individual donations.
Grantees included a Pleasanton woman with stage three ovarian cancer who received massage therapy before and after each traditional cancer treatment to reduce body aches and fatigue; a Dublin breast cancer patient who received acupuncture to alleviate muscle and bone pain caused by chemotherapy; a Livermore patient who received acupuncture treatments to improve neuropathy, which is a side effect of chemo that includes tingling, numbness and pain in the extremities; and a San Ramon patient with stage four colon cancer who used guided imagery and massage therapy and massage therapy to learn how to relax to reduce pain.
This year, Wing said the foundation has a goal to award grants to 40 cancer patients. The therapy treatments are given as financial aid to patients for care that is not covered by insurance. They are meant to be a complement to the traditional treatments of chemo and radiation.
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 chemo or radiation; live in Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon or Danville; and may not have medical insurance which covers complementary services they desire. Applicants can apply online at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org or call 866-862-7270.
The foundation will hold its annual fundraiser, Ragin Cajun, a Mardi-Gras-themed event, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19 at San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Firecrest Lane, San Ramon. A buffet dinner will be available as well as live music and a live and silent auction. Cost is $75, with $50 from each ticket to helping people living with cancer.