Cancer offers a unique insight into how individuals, families, and even communities rally together for life during what can be the most uncertain roller coaster we might ever ride. Fittingly, June 7 each year, National Cancer Survivor Day, is not only about the struggle to defeat cancer but is a true celebration of life.
That’s why this year YSU was invited to join Kaiser West LA in raising awareness of the benefits of healthy living and what TCM has to offer all of us in the prevention and combatting of Cancer. YSU alumni and students participated by staffing a booth for patients and families to visit, and Dr. Lawrence Lao was a featured speaker during the annual event. His presentation on acupuncture’s effectiveness in integrative cancer care was well-attended and received by all taking advantage of the insight and tips on offer.
At the YSU table, student-interns Pam Murphy and Tara Das were busy providing ear seed treatments and demonstrations to the many attendees who curiously stopped. They also took the opportunity to pass along information on the benefits of acupuncture as a treatment for both cancer and the neurotoxicity caused by cancer treatments. Plus, all were invited to the YSU Blount Community Clinic to review their options for integrative care. By the end of the event, we reached more than 250 people and each left with a flyer or brochure!
For those who were unable to make it to Yo San University, or who wanted a provider that accepted Kaiser Insurance, we were joined by professors John Barber and Ed Sullivan. Professor Sullivan provided information on support groups and medical Qi Gong groups that could take care of patients in the San Fernando Valley while Professor Barber offered his services as an approved acupuncturist for Kaiser’s insurance program.
While this event was a success for YSU and attendees, it is just another example of how the YSU Community and our partners are cultivating understanding and transforming lives by providing the community with information and integrative medical services.