‘Reid’s Ride’ Fundraiser and the Reid R. Sacco Foundation. Reid died from cancer at the young age of 20. Reid inspired many during his treatment with his courage and motivation to help others. Reid’s dream was to start a movement that would help find better treatment and find a cure for cancer. While I never met Reid, his courage, strength and inspiration live on through his family, friends and Reid’s foundation. http://www.cancerinyoungadults.org/about-the-alliance/
In its 11th year, Reid’s Ride take’s place Sunday. July 19th. A 28 miles Bicycle ride through beautiful sea-side communities from Lynnfield to Gloucester, MA. To Register to Ride or Learn How You Can Donate – http://www.firstgiving.com/Reidsride
The energy behind Reid’s Ride. Reid’s Family organize and are the energy behind Reid’s Ride. ‘Motivated by love’ and ‘guided by spirit!’ Raising money to support the Reid R. Sacco Foundation so that Reid’s legacy endures, they have raised enough money to support research and treatment for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer at medical centers in 3 states – CT, MA and ME.
The Reid R. Sacco Foundation Objectives –
- To raise funds to support clinical research directed at finding better treatments and cures for cancers predominantly striking young adults
- To grant scholarships to high school seniors demonstrating academic excellence, the pursuit of good health and physical fitness, excellent peer leadership, and outstanding character.
For more information on Resources for AYA – http://www.cancerinyoungadults.org/resources/
Far too many of my family, friends, neighbors and clients have been ‘touched’ by cancer. I am grateful for those that have endured through their treatment, not only surviving but thriving!! In their honor and memory, this year I have formed an official ‘team’ for Reid’s Ride.
The DreamTeam. My team is not riding, but we will be at Stage Fort Park on July 19th to support the riders and volunteers with brief sessions of Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. This year we honor Tina Ketchopulos, an amazing, kind-hearted, generous woman who exuded positivity and loving-kindness. Tina introduced me to Reid’s Ride in 2011, asking if I would organize providers for a Wellness Tent. You could never say ‘no’ to Tina, as she had a way of getting you excited about whatever cause she was championing. The first year it was just me, offering Reiki. Then 4 providers. Then 6. This year, we are 9 volunteers, offering Education, Massage, Reiki and Reflexology at Reid’s Ride’s on Sunday, July 19th. (FREE to participants for ‘Rest and Renewal’ at Stage Fort Park after their 28 mile ride from Lynnfield to Stage Fort Park.) ‘By Donation’ for all others that wish to support Reid’s Ride, with 100% going to their foundation. http://www.firstgiving.com/team/299479
Research indicates that complementary and integrative therapies can be helpful for the ‘mind, body, and spirit’ of patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Patients report feeling – “calmer,” “more relaxed,” “more comfortable,” “nurtured,” “supported,” “more hopeful.”
- Complementary and Integrative Therapies for People with Advanced Cancer http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25841693
- Reiki for Symptom Management in Oncology – http://www.apocpcontrol.org/paper_file/issue_abs/Volume14_No8/4931-4933%204.15%20Melike%20Demira%20(COMMENTARY).pdf
- Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1891200/
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health – chttps://nccih.nih.gov
IN GRATITUDE – This month’s ‘Community Reiki Share’ raised $230.00 for Reid’s Ride! I am grateful to all that attended and generated their time and money so generously – Joan Charette, Nancy Earabino, Ann G, Nikki Fleenor, Ethel Haddix, Justine Hardy, Kathy Hitchcock, Corrine Jean-Pramas, Geoff Pope, Deb Sacco, Nancy Shorter, Suzanne Sweeney, Ruth T., Winnie Rennie, and Lucia Zuniga. Wonderful group energy!
On July 19, the ‘DreamTeam’ will once again be at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester MA overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor. You will find us under the ‘Wellness Tent’ offering brief sessions of Massage, Reflexology and Reiki (* FREE to Reid’s Ride participants, ‘by donation’ to others, with 100% going to Reid’s Ride.) This years group of professional providers includes – Nancy Earabino LPN, Reiki Master Teacher/Shihan, Nikki Fleenor and Suzanne Sweeney (Reiki Okuden/3rd Degree), Karen Lohnes, (SW, RMT, LCMT,) and volunteers Ethel Haddix, Justine Hardy, Kathy Hitchcock and Mary Saunders. Grateful for their generosity of ‘time and talent.’
Stop by the Raffle Table on July 19th for Our Raffle Prize – “A Basket of Wellness’ (Value of more than $250.00) includes gift certificates for Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Essential Oil Lotion and Scrub, Aromatherapy Soap and Lotion, and More.
Enjoy a beautiful day at Stage Fort Park and come out to support Reid’s Ride and the Reid R. Sacco Foundation however you can, even just by being there. The Sun Always Shines on Reid’s Ride!
Like Tina, Reid’s mother Lorraine and his Aunt Deb are wonderful, kind-hearted, generous women working in healthcare, doing amazing work! You can’t help but get caught up in their ‘positive energy’ and want to be part of this group! Please join us in supporting Reid’s Ride.
~ Remembering those we’ve lost. Honoring and supporting those in treatment.
Commemorating survivors. With Gratitude. ~
May your generous ‘gifts of abundance’ return 10-fold, and may these gifts of abundance be used to help many.
~ Karen Pischke, BSN, RN
Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199
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