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April 2017 Entry

Massage Therapy 4 people with special needs

Sandra MacGowan
Fairport · New York
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

We are helping children and adults who need complimentary massage therapy care in order to maintain their current independence and health needs. Through being able to help others maintain their pain/symptoms through massage therapy, we can make their day a little better. The effects of increasing mood and reducing symptoms can actually last for days for some people and even a week for others!

How will you use the $10k?

Currently we have a waiting list of people who have low income and cannot afford this care that is prescribed by their PCP. We try to find grant money to pay for their therapy and reduce our service rates to help cover the costs, but right now we have more people than our grant money can cover. By receiving more money, we can help more people that are on our waiting list to help them with their care that is needed (from infants to adults, young to old!)

What impact do you hope to make?

Having someone with a disability, disorder, or special need/consideration in your family can be draining. We help from infants to seniors and have specifically trained massage therapists to work with the whole family unit to alleviate stress. We help entire families receive this care, and while it may start from just one family member needing our services, we find that the whole family has at least 1 hour where they get to relax and rest from the demands of having to deal with a person with a disorder, disease, or disability.

Other Details

We currently have a total of about 12 people on our waiting list. We are in the process of moving to an ADA certified building to help people, but we also provide in-home therapy as well. We are looking to hire more therapists to cover the care needed. With this grant, within the next six months we would be able to reduce our waiting list to 0 patients waiting for care and possibly hire on 1 to 2 more therapists!

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