Thank you for joining me in my ‘cancer kicking’ experience.
I rode 314 miles to my first chemotherapy appointment as a fundraiser for two organizations that are very important to me and a ‘soul lifter’ for myself. I raised over $15,000 for the two organizations –one on each end of the cycling route. Thank you donators!!!! I am honored.
Below is more information about the organizations that I will continue to raise money to support.
1) The Center for Integrated Health & Wellness (Greenbrae, CA) provides integrative healing services to cancer patients of Marin Cancer Institute, where I have chosen to receive treatment. CIHW’s mission is “to optimize the health and wellness of patients by supporting and promoting healing of the mind, body, and spirit” – a mission that is incredibly important to me as I begin this journey. The holistic approaches that I have utilized thus far through CIHW include acupuncture, massage and physical therapy and I plan to use guided imagery before my chemotherapy appointments as well.
Donations to CIHW will be used to provide financial assistance to patients who do not otherwise have access to integrative healing services as they undergo cancer treatment. To make a donation to Center for Integrative Health & Wellness, click here. (please select Center for Integrative Health and Wellness as the Desired Donor Recipient, and to include ‘Nicole Nada’ in the Additional Recipient Comments field so that they can correctly capture all of the donations and route the money as per my wishes—THANK YOU!!).
2) Humboldt Community Breast Health Project supports breast cancer patients in my current hometown of Arcata – Humboldt County, CA. HCBHP has served the needs of individuals facing breast cancer in our community for 15 years. They promote healthy survivorship through education, healing support and hope, enabling each person to become their own best medical advocate.
Donations will be used at their discretion in serving breast cancer patients. To make a donation to Humboldt Community Breast Health Project, click here.
Please consider donating to one of these valuable, nourishing support organizations for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. It will make a difference in someone’s life. It is secure and easy to donate.
In gratitude for your support,
Here is some further information about the CIHW and the HCBHP, as they so thoughtfully describe their mission and philosophies. I just can’t get enough of both of these places!
1. Center for Integrative Health & Wellness (CIHW) embraces conventional medicine for the treatment of many chronic and acute conditions, but also recognizes its constraints in dealing with the complex needs of the whole person. Their vision for integrative health goes beyond simply offering healing therapies; rather, they offer a holistic approach to health that focuses on the whole person, weaving integrative therapies into the patient’s overall healing plan and involving them as an empowered partner in their health and wellness.
CIHW services focus on prevention and wellness, activation of the body’s innate healing capacity, augmentation of conventional medicine during illness and injury, and development of self-care skills.
2. The Humboldt Community Breast Health Project was founded on the “wounded healer” and “patient advocacy” models. The friends and breast cancer survivors seated around our Founder, Dr. Julie Ohnemus’s kitchen table in 1997 believed that women in rural northern California deserved the same information and quality of care that women found in the city. Dr. Ohnemus’ vision continues to grow. The Project’s services include a patient navigation program, support groups, information specialist, helpline volunteers, an extensive resource library and more. The staff and helpline volunteers, mostly cancer survivors themselves, provide peer support to help people going through cancer learn to become their own best medical advocate. This grassroots organization provides all its support and information free of charge.