The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation raised $105,000 at its recent fourth annual Ragin' Cajun, an amount that the organization said equates to 1,500 treatments.
Sandra. J. Wing, the group's founder, said the mission of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation is to provide cancer patients, during their treatment period, with financial assistance for complementary healing services.
"As a recent five year survivor, I know too well the pain cancer patients endure and caregivers go through when dealing with chemotherapy and radiation treatments," she said. "The Foundation provides a means to lessen that burden and suffering with complementary therapies."
Ragin' Cajun sold out 11 days prior to the event with 350 attendees. Many dressed in the event's Mardi Gras-theme attire ranging from colorful vests, hats and ties to plumes of feathered boas, beads and masks, and intricate and ornate masks.
"It is with deep appreciation and humility that the Foundation has been supported by the community, neighbors, family, friends and generous caring donors and sponsors," Wing said.
The physical and emotional benefits from the various therapies that the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation grants provide are measurable from a physician's perspective, Wing added. Complementary and integrative healing therapies include acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, deep breathing meditation and visualization.
"Many newly diagnosed cancer patients become anxious and distressed, decreasing their will to fight the battle with cancer," said Dr. Rishi Sawhney, director of the Cancer Center at Valley Medical Oncology Consultants in Castro Valley.
"Visual and guided imagery and deep breathing mediation vastly helps make peace with their diagnosis, increases their inner strength and provides the weapons to slay their cancer," he said.
To date 124 grants have been granted by the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation.
View photos of attendees provided by Bob Henry and Yolanda Weaver at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org.
Plans are under way for next year's fifth annual Ragin' Cajun, to be held March 8, 2013.