Massage Therapy Students Care for Breast Cancer Survivors

Mayor Nenshi visiting with students and survivors.
Mayor Nenshi visited with students and survivors.

Thirty Massage Therapy students volunteered to give foot massages at the Survivors Tent at the CIBC Run for the Cure for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at Southcentre Mall on Sunday, October 6.

Check out our event photo album on Facebook. One of our students even dressed up as a character named Hope, in a gorilla costume.

The students were supervised by instructor Jeanette Stamp. Jeanette teaches in the Relaxation Massage Techniques, Clinical Practicum I courses and supervises outreaches.┬áIn addition to giving foot massages and listening to survivors’ stories, the students helped to set up and take down the tent.

First-year Massage Therapy students do 20 hours of outreach service in the community and the CIBC Run for the Cure is a rewarding way to get in some of those hours.

Massage Therapy student Christina and breast cancer survivor Anne.
Massage Therapy student Christina and breast cancer survivor Anne. “This is a great way to start the day,” Anne said.

After her relaxing foot massage, survivor Anne ran the 5K route. She finished her last chemo treatment two months ago, after being diagnosed last November.

Anne is no stranger to running races. She completed the Calgary Marathon in May, two days after a chemo treatment.

“I’ve met so many fantastic people over the past year,” Anne said, citing organizations such as the Thrive Centre health and wellness facility at U of C and Wellspring Calgary support centre.

She is already planning to book an appointment for a full hour massage treatment at MRU’s Practicum Clinic. Anne is an alumnus of Mount Royal. She completed an accounting program “many years ago,” she laughed.

MRU students have given treatments at the Run for the Cure since 2008.

Roxanne, a 6-year survivor, and Sharon, a 32-year survivor.
Roxanne, a 6-year survivor, and Sharon, a 32-year survivor.

“When I started managing the Survivors Tent in 2009 we had 18 students. Now there are 30,” said Roxanne, a volunteer with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. “That was the first year I did the race. I took the Running Room program for cancer patients and had a goal time of one hour. When I came in at 57 minutes, I bawled my eyes out,” she said. “It’s overwhelming that there are so many runners trying to make it so we don’t have to do this in the future. It means the world to me.”

Roxanne did the 1K route with her team, The Bad Boobs. She works as a shuttle driver for Calgary Transit.

Over 8,000 people participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure and raised over $1.3 million for breast cancer research this year.

by Karen McCarthy

One thought on “Massage Therapy Students Care for Breast Cancer Survivors

  1. Awesome! For me, the organizer of this event is so wise. Because they encourage those thirty Massage Therapist to join in Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. And that was really a good thing to help these cancer patients inspired to continue their life. Good job!

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