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July 19, 2009

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July 19, 2009

First as a provider of healing touch and now as a client as I journey through my breast cancer experience I can tell you this organization provides invaluable support for anyone going through this journey. The dark moments are truly lightened by this network of loving Lightworkers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The people I have served and the experiences as a client.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Supportive, calming and extremely kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the entire journey of women and men who face breast cancer by spreading its love and light world wide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 14, 2009

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July 14, 2009

It is with great joy that I take this opportunity to share about Healing Touch Buddies. My background is in Nursing and I have been involved with Healing Touch since 1994. I remember when Betty Ann Baker's vision for this organization came into being. This was accomplished largely due to her passion for supporting others through the healing journey of breast cancer. And it has been through her passion that she has inspired so many others to be involved in this service in whatever ways they feel called to do so. The combined heart-centered focus of many Healing Touch students and practitioners has touched the lives of so many people. The far-reaching effects of their service, is most extraordinary, touching the lives of the clients they serve, their client's families and extended families and friends. For when the opportunity for healing is co-created, its' benefits go far beyond anything we can imagine. It is my prayer that Betty Ann's dreams for this organization come to fruition with grace and ease and that she is able to continue to serve so many with the heart-centered compassion that is truly at the center of Healing Touch Buddies. With blessings of gratitude, Ilene Gottlieb, RN, CHTP

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve so many more people through this journey of healing in ways that are supportive, empowering, stress-reducing, pain relieving, loving and so much more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 14, 2009

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July 14, 2009

The Service that Healing Touch Buddies provides for women (and men) dealing with breast cancer is not only wonderful, it is the necessary part of compassionate medicine that has been missing in our profession. I have been an oncology nurse for 23 years and a hospice nurse for 5 years. I am also a CHTP and a Healing Touch Buddy.....It has given me a chance to view both sides of the chemo chair. Enlightening, rewarding, and so needed. I finally feel like I am doing true nursing, with presence. Thank you Betty Ann!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working directly with clients. Observing them become more peaceful, more empowered and in control. Quality of life improves as stress is reduced. Many times symptoms from treatment will decrease if not disappear completely. Its amazing!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more ways to communicate this information to Medical and Health based facilities. I would like to see more awareness events that involve the Buddies and the clients together,building realationships and strenghtening the awareness within the community

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Participating completely in someone elses care, being able to be totally present for this person, then seeing the results as a stronger, more empowered human being emerges. I love being a part of that, that is real nursing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The people that are involved with HTB are exactly what the mission says they are. They are heart centered compassionate, open to voluntering their time to offer support to someone in need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Become part of the care plan for all breast cancer patients. With proper funding HTB could educate Cancer facilities and Doctors offices to the service we provide. Clients paticipate in a more positive role by being active in moving toward self wellness.

Ways to make it better...

If I could find a way to bring more awareness to this program. Not enough MDs and Women"s Centers/Cancer Centers are not aware that this type of service exists. So many more could benefit from this if we could get the word out.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

HTB depends alot on fund raising to survive, and with the times being what they are it has become more difficult. We have applied for several grants and are waiting. Our challenge is bringing new awareness through our good service on a tight budget.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have been a Healing Touch Buddy for 3 years. I have had 5 buddies, I have walked the journey from mastectomy, chemo, radiation, remission and sometimes transition. Every experience is a beautiful lesson. We are here to nurture each other. I am blessed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 11, 2009

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July 11, 2009

As a widow with family a thousand miles away, I thought I would have to face my cancer totally alone. My doctor suggested that I call Healing Touch Buddies. They were there for me all the way from pre surgery and for an entire year after surgery. My practitioner/buddy was also my angel.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My recovery from surgery was incredibly swift. Even more importantly, my healing touch buddy helped me weather ther effects of chemo and radiation and provided the willing ear I so often needed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sincere caring about me as a total

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide this wonderful healing service to so many more women suffering from breast cancer. The short term need is for funds to train more practitioners as the actual service is offered to patients free of charge.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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