“Anything is Possible” …. Join Us in Supporting Reid’s Ride and the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance.

Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer AllianceAltering the course of Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults. 

AYA Cancer Alliance Mission –bring better care and treatments to each and every adolescent and young adult battling cancer so that each is given the chance to survive and thrive. Changing the way adolescents and young adults with cancer are treated, one patient at a time if need be. 

You can participate in and support Reid’s Ride by cycling, volunteering, donate, cheering on cyclists along the route, or Come to Stage Fort Park, Gloucester MA Sunday, July 15th and meet ‘the force’ behind Reid’s Ride –    

Join Reid’s Family, Lorraine, Gene, Weston, Deb, Frank Sacco, and Reid’s many cousins, friends and volunteers. A wonderful group of organizers and participants for this 28-Mile fundraising Bicycle Ride from Lynnfield MA high school to Gloucester MA, Stage Fort Park.

So much positivity behind this group, you can’t help but get caught up in their wave of progress against cancer in adolescents and young adults.

Stage Fort Park overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor – 8:3O a.m. – 12 noon.

  • Greet and cheer on the cyclists as they arrive at the end of their 28 mile ride to Stage Fort Park.
  • Stop by the Raffle Table at the finish, Stage Fort Park for Dinners, Red Sox tickets, Sonos products, a ‘Gift of Wellness’ Basket and much more!
  • Stop by the Dream Team ‘Wellness Tent.’ A ‘DreamTeam’ of Professional Wellness Providers and volunteers will be offering Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. FREE to Reid’s Ride cyclists and volunteers; ‘By Donation’ to all others with 100% of the donations going to Reid’s Ride and the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance, supporting AYA Programs at Tufts Medical Center, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, and More!

The ‘Dream Team’What began as one Reiki Provider in 2O11 at the request of Tina Ketchopulos, has grown to include more Volunteers, Wellness Providers and Cyclists!

This Year’s ‘Dream Team’ includesCyclists (Jo-Ann Gibely, John Leonard, Melinda Vaturro, Patrick Canonica, and Sandy Skinner), Integrative Therapy/Wellness Providers Massage Therapists (Grace Conway from Saltwater Massage Studio, Karen Lohnes from HarmonySquared, Christine Misiano from Sport Massage Pro and Bodyworks,) Reiki Providers ( Ethel Haddix, Nikki Fleenor, Karen Pischke, Suzanne Sweeney), Donors (Pole’s Hill and Anonymous) and Volunteers (Bob Haddix, Arlene Hill and Kathy Hitchcock). Thank you to all the participants of this year’s ‘Dream Team!’

To Support Reid’s Ride – sign up to ride or you may also make contributions on-line, by going to Donations” .

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead

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Community Reiki Share for a Cause – Reid’s Ride

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

‘Community Reiki Share’ to Benefit ‘Reid’s Ride.’  Tuesday. July 5th. 

‘Community Reiki Share.’ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm at the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. Manchester-by-the-Sea. On the MBTA Train line; wheelchair accessible. Reiki Sessions ‘By Donation.’ $20.00 suggested donation. ($10.00 for Seniors.) Make Checks Payable to ‘Reid’s Ride.’

To find out more about the July 17th Reid’s Ride and how you can participate and donate – https://www.firstgiving.com/Reidsride/2016REIDSRIDEJoin Lorraine and Deb Sacco and their wonderful group of organizers and participants.  Just being there is energizing! Or, you may make your contributions on-line, by going to the “Donations” page on www.eccf.org.  Be sure to select the “Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund” in the drop-down menu when selecting the fund/organization for your contribution.

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So many lives…, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers have been touched by this disease. Join us and help raise money for this important cause while enjoying some ‘peace, comfort and calm’ at the July 5th Community Reiki Share.

Sunday. July 17th – Teams for Reid’s Ride  bicycle 28 miles from Lynnfield to Stage Fort Park Gloucester MA, raising money to support Reid R. Sacco Foundation for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) and AYA Programs at Tufts Medical Center and  Connecticut Children’s Hospital

Stop by Reid’s Ride on July 17th and Enjoy a Session of Wellness at the ‘Dream Team Wellness Tent’ at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester MA. (Massage, Reflexology, Reiki and More!)  FREE to Participants of Reid’s Ride. ‘By Donation’ for others. You can also enter the raffles, including – ‘Basket of Wellness’ (value – $325.00) and many other prizes.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;                                                          indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

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Celebrating Nurses Week – Special Offerings May 6 – 12th.

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Happy Nurse’s Week!

Celebrating family, friends neighbors and colleagues in nursing – 

  • Nearly 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States constitute our nation’s largest health care profession
  • Registered nurses meet the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings.
  • Nurses have been voted the most trusted profession in America in Gallup’s annual survey, ranking professions for their honesty and ethics
  • 81%  of Americans believe nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are either “high” or “very high.”
  • It is the 11th time nurses have been voted the most trusted profession.

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Special Offering for Nurses at Dreamtime Wellness™ – ‘Giving Back’ to Those That Give So Much.

During Nurse’s Week – FOB Nurses SAVE MORE. Mention this post and SAVE $30 off any Reiki or Hypnosis Session, Reiki Training or Gift Certificate Purchased During Nurses Week. Gift yourself or give a nurse you know a gift of relaxation! Email for details – info@dreamtimewellness.com

Share Your Nursing Story and Enter a Raffle for a FREE Reiki Session – Share your nursing story in the comments here on on Dreamtime Wellness FB page and enter into the raffle. Drawing to be health 5/13.

CEU Lecture for NursesThursday. May 19th at Hathorne Hill. Danvers MA. Introduction to Reiki Ryoho: Japanese Healing Method/Art in Mainstream Healthcare. $5.00 Donation to Danvers Kiwanis. Pre-Approved 1.o Ceu for Nurses, Case Managers and Social Workers. To Register – Call or Email PamelaWall, Marketing Director at Hathor Hill. Registration begins at 4:45 pm with an interactive and informative lecture from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Celebrate the Nurses in Your Life!

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Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Supportive Cancer Care

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Hospitals around the country are offering integrative therapies as part of comprehensive, collaborative cancer treatment. According to the National Center Complementary and Integrative Health Integrative Medicine is a total approach to healthcare combining standard (conventional) medicine with complementary therapies that have been studied and shown to be safe and effective.

Integrative Oncology

Integrative Therapies for Cancer Care

Complementary and Integrative Therapies – (include but are not limited to) – Acupuncture, Expressive Art, Hypnosis, Massage, Mediation, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga and Qi Gong.

Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects

“NCCIH-funded research has suggested that:

  • Cancer patients who receive integrative therapies while in the hospital have less pain and anxiety.
  • Massage therapy may lead to short-term improvements in pain and mood in patients with advanced cancer.
  • Yoga may relieve the persistent fatigue that some women experience after breast cancer treatment.”

(Source: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health)

  • A study by Birocco et al. found that Reiki (ray-kee) sessions (one to four half-hour sessions in this study) provided to 118 patients receiving chemotherapy in an outpatient infusion clinic were helpful in improving well-being, relaxation, pain relief, sleep quality and reducing anxiety. Those that received the full 4 sessions had a significant (P <.000001) reduction in anxiety. (Source: The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attended a day oncology and infusion services unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;29(4):290-4.)
Reiki Sessions Promote a Relaxed State of Mind and Body

Reiki Promotes a Relaxed State of Mind and Body

  • Self-Hypnotic induction decreased pain and anxiety in women undergoing large core breast biopsy (Source: Adjunctive Self-hypnotic Relaxation for Outpatient Medical Procedures: A Prospective Randomized Trial with Women Undergoing Large Core Breast Biopsy. Lang, E., et al. Pain. 2006 December 15; 126(1-3): 155–164.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective and safe adjunct therapy for cancer care for: chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Studies also suggest acupuncture may be helpful in managing cancer-related pain, chemotherapy-related neutropenia, chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, cancer fatigue, and radiation-induced dry mouth (xerostomia.) (Source: The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care. weeding, L. et al. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2008 Aug; 22(4) 631-viii. NIHMSID: NIHMS65572
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Hospitals offering Integrative Therapies –  in Boston include – Beth Israel-Deaconness, Boston Medical Center, Dana Farber, Mass General, and Tufts Medical Center. North of Boston – Lahey Healthcare (Beverly, Burlington, Danvers, Peabody, Winchester,) North Shore Medical Center (Lynn, Salem) and Mass General North (Danvers.)

Communicate with your oncology doctors and nurses about your use of integrative therapies for supportive care during treatment. Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use to ensure coordinated, effective and safe care.

Important to Note: Some integrative therapies, over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements may not be warranted or even be contraindicated because they may negatively impact your care during treatment for cancer. Check with you doctor, oncologist, and oncology nurse prior to using to assure safe, effective care.

What You Need to Know About Complementary and Integrative Therapies and Cancer Care – the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Therapies conducts and supports research, and provides information about complementary health products and practices. Rigorous studies are conducted to determine the safety and effectiveness of therapies, herbs and supplements. For More Information – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/cancer

6 Things You Need to Know About Complementary Therapies – https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/cancer

How to Find a Complementary and Integrative Practitionerhttps://nccih.nih.gov/health/howtofind.htm

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Catch the Wave and Join in Reid’s Ride this Sunday!

Riding for Reid

Riding for Reid

Catch the Wave – Over 500 riders and 42 teams this year!  Still time to Register.  2 days until Reid’s Ride – Sunday. July 19th!! 

Where – Lynnfield to Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

How You Can Support Reid’s Ride

  • Buy a Raffle Ticket on Sunday–  lots of prizes, including Red Sox Tickets and a ‘Basket of Wellness.’
  • Come out to Stage Fort Park, overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor, and share your support on Sunday!

Reid's Ride TIna Kethopulos and Lahey/AGH Staff

In memory – This year we dedicate the ‘Wellness Tent’ in honor and memory of Tina Ketchopulos, FOB and beloved friend, loved by many and missed by all who knew her. Tina first invited me to take part in this fundraiser in 2011, for which I am most grateful. Tina was a ‘daily breath of fresh air and sunshine,’ always smiling and ready to lend an ear or a hand, supporting many community events and charities.

‘Motivated by Love. Guided by Spirit.’  Why They Ride – to continue Reid’s Dream to end cancer.

AYA Facts:

  • Every 7 minutes an AYA is diagnosed with cancer in the U.S.
  • Cancer is the #1 disease related cause of death among AYA
  • Clinical trials are one of the most important tools for bringing improved and new therapies to cancer patients, but there haven’t been enough clinical trials for AYA cancer patients to make any meaningful progress in survival rate.

You Can Make a Difference! Join the Wave!

Catch the Wave - Reid's Ride

Catch the Wave – Reid’s Ride

Cancer Programs for Adolescents and Young Adults – Through this funding, the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program​ opened the first of its kind in New England – Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) cancer program and clinic at Tufts Medical Center and at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, providing directed care and treatment to AYA cancer patients.

For more info – http://www.cancerinyoungadults.org.

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~ 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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