Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK) is an amazing, visionary non-profit. I first learned about their work about two years ago. Their Hospital Heroes Program at Banner Children’s Medical Center stands out. It offers integrative therapy modalities like massage, Healing Touch, play therapy, and acupressure for hospitalized children and their families free of charge. As young child I went through many traumatic medical experiences, so right away I wanted to help support this wonderful program. ITK’s Hospital Heroes therapists make a big difference. They help calm fearful kids and reduce the pain and worry that can come with stressful hospital stays or chemotherapy. The results are so remarkable that the Hospital Heroes Program is leading the way for other children’s hospitals to do the same. To this end, ITK is presenting its program research at several national conferences this year. Today I now serve as a volunteer grant writer for ITK. I’ve met so many inspiring people and heard many deeply moving stories. I’m grateful and honored to help support ITK’s important work. They are a true treasure in our Tucson community!
ITK offers hope, love and comfort to families and children with special medical needs. ITK also offers hope, love and comfort to those who volunteer for the organization including myself, as a healing arts practitioner, board member and event committee member. ITK supports and creates health in individual and group relationships.
ITK is an innovative and holistic way to help children with special medical needs AND their entire families to heal and thrive. Documentation shows that ITK changes lives. As a board member, volunteer, and practitioner, I have seen and felt the impact of this organization for myself, for volunteers, and for children and families. ITK provides in-hospital care, community education and outpatient retreats at NO cost to families. I believe this is a model that can change lives and change the world.
Over the years I have volunteered for many non-profit organizations and I have been so impressed with the mission and the work done by Integrative Touch for Kids. The founder Shay Beider has created an innovative program to reduce the stress of children in the hospital and their families during one of the most trying times of their lives. ITK has expanded that program of integrative healing therapies to include Community Clinics, Care for the Caregivers, and Healing Circles. All the staff and their volunteers are the most wonderful people you will ever meet and I feel so lucky to be part of their programs. Volunteering for ITK has been the best experience! Congrats to Integrative Touch for Kids for all the work you do for the community. ❤️
As a volunteer for Integrative Touch for Kids since 2014, I have met the most amazing people who are working to better the lives of families and children with health and medical problems. It is refreshing to work with a non-profit whose main goal is the health and happiness of families. I cannot believe how much work they are able to do with such a small staff and a crew of wonderful volunteers. Everyone of the staff has gone out of their way to make me feel an important part of their organization. How fortunate for me that I found a place to do good works and to feel a real part of the healing community!
Tricia Jones, Tucson AZ
I have been volunteering for ITK for more than 3 years now and I have enjoyed every experience. I found my passion for public health through ITK and it became my life mission to promote community health. The organization has helped thousands of families and inspired so many individuals. The ITK team also provides many opportunities for those in the community to volunteer behind the scenes. I have enjoyed my experience so much that I have encouraged my friends and my sister to volunteer because I know that they can also learn so much. Thank you, ITK! For your hard work, passion, and kindness.
I am so proud to support and volunteer for this caring organization. Everyone I’ve ever interacted with has the best intentions and is so thoughtful in what they do and how they do it. I’m excited to be a part of ITK growing and reaching more people and families.
I love supporting Integrative Touch for Kids in their mission to serve children and families struggling with serious medical needs in our community. The thoughtful care that goes into everything they do is apparent. The visionary healing therapies ITK provides families is setting a new standard in healthcare and it is inspiring to be a part of it. I have attended their annual Butterfly Gala, witnessed firsthand the amazing Hospital Heroes program, and regularly volunteer in the office. I have worked for many different organizations and I am so thankful that I have found a place where I can use my talents and skills to support a passionate team that helps families feel connected, supported and cared for.
Such a wonderful cause and such an amazing group of people. Integrative Touch for Kids helps children and their family deal with serious health issues like cancer and autism. The staff and volunteers are such a caring bunch that you'll feel better yourself just by becoming involved with the organization. I am a fan for life.
I started Volunteering for ITK after hearing about all the great work they do and I fell in love with their organization. I volunteered at their healing circle and I was assigned a kid to hang out with, do arts and crafts wit, listen to live music with and so many other fun things! All while doing this his parents got to do meditation, cooking classes and other relaxing activities. They where so grateful for the time they had relaxing and they where so happy to see their son getting a relaxing massage by one of ITK's healers when they came to pick him up. it was such a positive experience and full of wonderful people.
As a retired teacher, I wanted to find a place to continue to give to the community and I found that here in Integrative Touch for Kids. As a three and a half year volunteer, I am excited to tell others about the wonders that Shay, Kate, and the rest of the hospital team do to those they serve.
Although I work in the office and do "behind the scenes" things, I'm proud to say that I volunteer for ITK. I have seen the difference they make not only at the hospital, but at the community events as well. ITK's Healing Circles bring together families with similar issues and needs while allowing them a day to just...breathe. I watched in awe as the many volunteers and staff worked side by side to ensure that all families were given great care and love. I witnessed children and adults dance, take part in yoga and other self-help seminars, counseling sessions, play time activities, and even helped them create beautiful art pieces.
It is truly amazing the amount of things that this nonprofit organization does with so little. ITK serves the children and families of southern Arizona for free, but most of all, with love, compassion, and care. I encourage you to find a day to watch them in action or better yet, volunteer!
I am a three year volunteer with Integrative Touch for Kids and I can't express my gratitude to Shay, Kate, and the rest of the "crew" who truly make a difference in the lives of Arizona's children and families . Be it be an incurable disease or a traumatic event, many families find themselves in situations that are unimaginable to us and Integrative Touch for Kids is there for them. Never have I seen a more dedicated and totally immersed group of people who give their all so the suffering of others is lessened. Just like a butterfly, ITK continues to morph and add beauty to the world.
Integrative Touch for Kids' Hospital Heroes program places licensed therapists alongside the dedicated doctors and nurses at Diamond Children's Medical Center to aid in the comfort and stress reduction of their patients and families. Through a variety of techniques and their one on one connection, ITK makes a difference. Children and their families, as well as the hospital's staff, look forward to their visits each week. Their smiles are infectious and their gentle touch is soothing.
Integrative Touch for Kids' Healing Circles involve the entire family as well, but outside the hospital setting where fun, relaxation, and healing are paramount. Counseling, group discussions, relaxation techniques and opportunities, as well as games and arts and crafts are just some of the fun and invigorating activities available to those who attend. It is a time for the families to interact with others in a similar situation and gain strength from each other.
Both these outstanding programs are funded solely by the generous donations of others. If you are wanting to volunteer or are looking for a place where your money would make an impact, Integrative Touch for Kids is it. Come join us and help make a difference!
I've been volunteering with ITK for 4 months now, and love the organization! From the mission to the people it's an organization with a lot of heart. They definitely walk the walk that they talk.
I have worked with ITK for around 4 months now and they have become one of my favorite non profits to work with! I had seen them working in the hospital as I volunteered with Diamonds and I was moved by the way they worked with not only the patients but their families and health care team! Phenomenal team with the kindest hearts.
When I first encountered the people working for this nonprofit I was struck by their passion. Their passion to bring ancient healing arts into the heart of hospitals and to demonstrate that these diverse, non-invasive healing techniques significantly reduce pain, anxiety, and insomnia to name just a few. Often these hands on and energetic therapies work when medicine cannot, especially in the case of children who can only handle so much medicine in their little bodies. Not only that, this nonprofit is building systems of care that continue to support children and families after they have left the hospitals. I joined as a volunteer because I am inspired by the authentic passion with which this nonprofit is bringing alternative and integrative medicinal wisdom into the western allopathic medicine system for the benefit of all, starting with kids and their families.
I am proud to be a part of an organization that offers compassionate and individualized care that is often lacking in traditional healthcare services to children and their families in serious medical situations. ITK is filling a need in our community, and I have witnessed ITK staff and volunteers live by example by encouraging wellness lifestyle choices and bringing compassion, kindness, and positivity into the ITK office and culture.
Volunteering with this nonprofit has been an incredible experience. I truly think that everything they do and stand for is amazing, and I'm lucky to be able to contribute. I've worked in their office, volunteered at their gala, and worked at their healing circle and each experience allows me to see a different side of this organization. I love ITK and being able to see what a difference they make in people's lives.
I have had the great opportunity to work with Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK). My experience working with the organization has been amazing! I love everything they do. The first time I volunteered was at the Healing Circle. My friend had worked with the organization and recommenced that I volunteer for the Healing Circle. It was an experience that I will never forget. I loved being able to give so much to the families and children. The Hospital Heroes Program is also amazing and I love working with the team giving back in the clinical setting. The work ITK is doing is second to none and I constantly see how big of an impact that they are making for the community! I would recommend this organization to anyone.
Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to ITK by a friend. I began by volunteering at their annual Butterfly Gala which was such a great experience! Every person that is a part of the ITK family welcomed me in with open arms from my very first day. I could instantly see from that first day this was such a great community of people giving their own time and wonderful skills to help as many people as possible. The Butterfly Gala was a great introduction into everything that ITK does for this community and the amazing vision they have for this organization! Shortly after that I had the opportunity to volunteer again at one of the Healing Circles ITK puts on. Here I got to see the immediate impact that this organization has on the children and their families. Through healing touch, music circles, and fun cooking classes provided by all their amazing volunteers I got to see children light up and smile from ear to ear the entire day! One thing that I think is so amazing about the ITK vision is not only providing for the children but for the families of these children as well. I saw so many happy children this day but on top of that I got to observe the physical and emotional relaxation of these parents and families. I now have the amazing opportunity of being an intern for these amazing people and organization that impact so many amazing families with what they do. Personally my dad, a cancer survivor, has been in and out of hospitals his entire life and seeing an organization trying to make these visits just a little more enjoyable is something that truly hits home with me and I'm honored to be able to help give back to this community every day any way I can.
As a pediatrician who works with hospitalized children, I can speak first-hand to the impact that the practitioners in Integrative Touch for Kids have on the children and families with whom I work. I have seen children with less pain and parents smile for the first time in days after just one session with the Hospital Heroes. They are often able to reach and connect with patients and their families in a way that I can't and support them so beautifully on their illness journey. I am so proud to know them.
I continue to be amazed by the work ITK is doing. I have worked for them for two years, and have seen the way they transform lives through healing. My area of research and work is in holistic healing, and the understanding that healing is different from curing. It is stronger and longer lasting. ITK has understood the healing process completely! Moreover, ITK brings these therapies to families who are economically disadvantaged and underserved, giving them access to these much-needed healing techniques, when they otherwise would never have them. It is moving healthcare in a direction that is more holistic and personalized. To me, it is the future.
I am simply blown away by the work of Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK). I have seen their work first-hand in the hospital. I have seen children who were in pain be soothed. I have seen parents who were distressed and anxious for their children be given care and strategies for handling their stress and supporting their child. I have seen transformations in a single 20, 30 or one hour session. Truly, this organization has the power to transform the way we care for and handle children with special medical needs-- to create the best outcomes for all.
Oursranding organization. Excelence in care for special need kids and their families. A team of compassionate practitioners and volunteers making what seems difficult and impossible to a heart warm experience. A vision and mission very clear to its core.
My experience with ITK starts from the very beginning. I’ve been volunteering for the past 10 years. It’s coutless the life changing moments I’ve witnessed throughout the years . ITK serves also as a bridge that connects families that are isolated from society just because they are caring for a child with special needs. The organization provides a g is their Motto. The new hospital heroes program has grown exponentially due to the level of healing broght to hospital settings. All I can say is that this organization provides healingvariety of healing modalities to a child in need , as well as to the entire Family. Healing and empowerin, inclusion, empowerment and love above all.
ITK changed our lives. We received support and understanding for raising a child with special needs. We felt more peace and healing and a community of support.
Itk changed our lives! We felt alone and overwhelmed until we were invited to participate in a Healing Retreat. That week changed our lives and got us much needed help and bonds with other families that would last a lifetime. Having a child/children with special needs affects the WHOLE family and having a community there to support the whole family and provide therapies to help deal with your everyday challenges has been a godsend!! If you are a family with a special needs child I highly recommend looking into ITK and all the wonderful benefits it offers unique families like ours!!
ITK and its unique vision makes this is a very special non-profit with an integrative approach to healing and support for special needs children and their families, Having both been a volunteer and honored to be a hosted family at what was a game changing retreat, I have witnessed first hand the wonderful work that ITK does.
Shay and her fine staff and all of the volunteers continue to make ITK a very special non-profit of the highest order. Onward and upward ITK! Bravo!
We where a participating family at the very first healing retreat. It was an amazing magical experience that helped bring our family closer together. After the 1st year as a receiving family we have continued to volunteer with the program on many different levels. We have had the honor of watching ITK blossom and grow over the years.
ITK is an incredible organization that supports families with unique kids. We attended a retreat and it was life changing! Not only did we get support, but I left with a family of people that understood our challenges even though theirs were different. We later ended up receiving services through the hospital heroes program. Being in the hospital is really difficult with stays sometimes over two weeks long. My son and I would always look forward to ITK visits to take away some anxiety and make our stay a little less stressful. All of the people involved with ITK are incredibly beautiful souls and we are so honored to be a part of this amazing organization!
ITK is truly amazing nonprofit organization that offers help to children and families of Tucson that face and endure special medical needs. They offer a unique approach in that they support both the children and the families affected by catastrophic and chronic diseases and illnesses. I am very blessed to be associated with such wonderful group of caring and selfless people.
heart centered, caring organization that brings light and hope into the lives of families with children dealing with a variety of medical issues. The children get healing touch and friendship, the families get a sense of calm and even the doctors and nurses in hospital get a massage or therapeutical healing to ease their day of dealing with trauma. What a gift to everyone involved.
We were fortunate to have been selected as one of the special needs family for the ITK healing retreat . It changed our lives forever. We have never felt such kindness and support from a group of volunteers.
Their hearts were filled with love and compassion as we worked through some very difficult emotions. The volunteers always went above and beyond to cater to our every need.
Prior to the retreat, my husband and myself struggled in our married and stressed over our daughters condition and what it meant for our family. We learned how to love each other again and cherish every moment with our children. We are better parents because of ITK.
ITK brought together wonderful people who we have grown to love and our friendships will last forever. We now know we're not the only ones going through this and so blessed to have this extended ITK family. We love them dearly!!!!
Integrative Touch for Kids is a unique non-profit organization. It is the only entity in Arizona (and, possibly, the country) that provides a wide range of healing touch therapies for children with a disability or a chronic disease. Its Hospital Heroes Program delivers these services to children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units and to children in hospital for the treatment of cancer and other life threatening diseases. Additionally, ITK has held week long and weekend retreats for children and their families. The response from families, caregivers, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel is overwhelmingly positive. Children are able to reduce stress in preparation for medical procedures and parents also receive the same benefits. Doctors are fully supportive of ITK because they see the positive impact these services have on their patients and family members
ITK came into our lives at a time when we needed it most. We took part in one of their first retreats and, as a result, have made wonderful connections and lifelong friends. The experience has changed our lives and shown us the depth of caring and compassion of our community. Truly, love in action.
ITK has played a vital role in my families life for 5 years. We started out as a family participant at a week long retreat. Since the retreat we have moved to a volunteer role as much as we are able to. ITK has changed us in ways I can't even explain. I have 5 kiddos with multiple diagnosises. I was amazed at how much the grew in that week at the retreat. Less emotional melt downs, more communication and overall being able to handle situations better. We call it the ITK bubble of love and acceptance. Whenever we are with the ITK family we don't have to worry about judgement or stares or being told what we are doing is wrong. We have support, acceptance and are surrounded by people who want to help.
ITK was life changing for our family. The love, support, friendship, knowledge and sense of community we gained are incredible. As a family who received, everyone gained a lot. My child with special needs gained treatments she had never experienced, which helped her speech explode; my child withough special needs gained friendships and understanding she is not alone in this; my husband and I connected with others who understood our life.... we all took away great value that we are still today applying to our lives. We first came across ITK about 4 years ago. We still attend functions and highly value our connections we made years ago. ITK is unique and special. It teaches about integrative and holistic approaches, like massage, reiki, bars, aromatherapy, horse therapy etc that were unknown before. The moms from our group talk regularly, and support one another. It's a like minded group who "gets it", understands what it's like to be raising a child with unique and special needs. We share resources, struggles and triumphs. I honestly can't say enough how great and needed integrative touch for kids was for my family. Thank you Integrative Touch for Kids.
ITK has been a special part of our lives. The summer retreat brought our entire family together and for the first time we were taken care of. I have a child with autism, a younger one who was in the NICU for 3 months and my parents are helping me raise both children. The family retreat was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to be restored, refreshed and renewed. I treasure our time with ITK and the wonderful staff, volunteers and friends that are a part of the organization.
I am a long time volunteer for ITK. ITK is totally unique in its approach to and what it provides to families with children with special needs and life changing health issues. A myriad of services from hands on support, emotional, psychological and various therapeutic offerings are available to families that can't be found in other places. ITK offers ongoing support... again unique in that what is provided is not just a one time event. The families who have benefited from these special services have stayed connected over years.....a value that is priceless and unusual. I wish that ITK could provide what they do to more families and am hopeful that one day soon that will be the case.
ITK is a wonderful non-profit organization helping children (and their families)of all ages with severe medical challenges. Giving them the opportunity, comfort and support through many stages of their illness and care. Allowing many opportunities to do things that on a normal day they would not be able to do.
I have donated 9 years of my time working with this wonderful organization.
I would love to see as many people get involved to help these children and their families to continue to have as much of a normal life as possible.
I never new the impact that the acts of kindness from strangers would have on my life.
I was always a giver, but new not how to receive until that day that are world turns upside down. My 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. A year later my husband her father would die of kidney cancer. I would spend the next 5 years until this current day trying to bring my famly along, including my now 19 year old son.
ITK showed my Little famly kindness. ItK introduced me to other famlys who's lives revolved around a medically fragile child. ITK Gave me time away from my little girl so I could heal with my son, incorporating equine therapy. ITK had nurses on sight at the retreat so that I was confident that my daughter was taken care of while I was in group. I could not finance such a get away as the famly ITK retreat, and it was the first time I had ever received such kindness.
To this day Every Volunteer at ITK has shown me the gift of giving. I cannot thank ITK enough and remain grateful and eager to be of any event.
ITK has given us the tools to take with us to grow a stronger family bond with integrative therapy. It has given us an opportunity not only to look at my child's needs but our needs as a family. It has grow a stronger support unit with like minded people. Mom support group has been a blessing regardless of our distance from each other we still keep in touch and communicate on a regular basis. We are family.
Picture taken in 2016. Mom participants for 2014