Hands 4 Hope Project, Inc.

Compassionate Touch through Massage Therapy for Those Living with a Cancer Diagnosis


The HeART of Giving

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 1:40 PM

In November, 2013, I decided to take an oncology massage class.  Little did I know at that time that that class would play such a huge role in the direction of my life.  In that class, I met a few women from a local breast cancer support group (Beyond Boobs) and I knew I wanted to be connected with them in the future.  I am not sure why I felt so drawn to  them:  it could have been because both my mother and aunt were breast cancer survivors, it could have been because I am a woman and felt drawwn to the "sisterhood" of the members.  Who knows?  All I know is this was one of the most vibrant groups of women I had ever been involved with and I loved them immediately!

After the class was finished, I found myself in possession of one of their calendars.  They call it "A Calendar To Live By!" and it is full of wonderful informationn for living a healthy life.  I saw they had a retreat annually so I emailed to see if they ever offered massage at these retreats.  Boom! That started it all!  I quickly gathered a group of my massage therapist friends and we volunteered at that retreat; the energy was so incredibly high!  As is usually the case the first time anything is done, scheduling was off, we were all running around not entirely sure of who was next and things got crazy!  But, massage therapists are excellent at rolling with the flow and we got though it.  All I know is that it was an extremely long day but I left on a high that lasted for days!

I have volunteered at this retreat every year since then.  Saturday, April 30, 2016, made my third year and I fully intend to continue volunteering annually at this event.   Women come from Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and here in Virginia to attend.  They are so very grateful for the bodywork and the relaxation and stress relief is so easy to read on their faces!  This is at the very heart of giving and there is nothing that feels better than giving, heart to heart, to another human being.  We are all in this together and when we can give to others, willingly and unselfishly, we have the opportunity to make the entire life experience a little sweeter for all concerned.

Find your passion and give back to your community!  n that way, you can find the heART of goving, too!  We are here on this earth for only a short time.  Let's step up to the plate and really make a diffrence! #givingback

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