I have known HTB for 3 years now and I am amazed, every day, at the tireless efforts of the volunteer healers and staff that contribute to make this small nonprofit a guiding light and healing force in the breast cancer community. We all know someone who has fallen ill with this horrible disease and, hopefully, those who struggle with survival have support and love from their families and community. Not everyone is that fortunate tho and even when there are people around .. it's not the same as someone who becomes your buddy, is there on the other end of the phone, in the treatment rooms, holding your hand, healing you with Healing Touch and for no other reason than their love of you as a fellow spirit winning the toughest battle of your life. There is no compensation .. there is only the joy of knowing they are helping and healing. HTB struggles to make ends meet and all donations and support is so appreciated. They also need practioners who take the certification classes and then become available to help. This is truly one of the most amazing, dedicated group of people I have ever known and my life is better in knowing them.
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