One In A Million: Thérèse Hak-Kuhn

Last December, Thérèse Hak-Kuhn was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of cancer with a high recurrence rate that affects fewer than one in a million people. She is literally one in a million.

Several months later, after surgery and after beginning radiation treatments, she is on a path towards healing and wellness. The extensive traditional treatments and complementary healing modalities are working, but they are expensive and time consuming, and they need to continue in order for her to remain healthy.  

Thérèse has empowered generations of families through her work as a doula, educator, midwife’s assistant, advocate, and activist. She has given thousands of people the strength and support they needed at the times they needed it most. She is a mother, a partner, a sister, a friend, and a mentor.

Now, she needs our help.

Together, we have the ability to give Thérèse comfort, strength, support, and time, gifts she has given to so many of us. We need her to be healthy and strong so she can get back to the life-changing work of helping, teaching, and empowering families and doulas all over the world.

Her family needs her. Her friends need her. Her community needs her.

All funds raised here by One in a Million RVA will go directly to fund Thérèse’s treatments, medicines, and supplements, as well as to replace lost wages during this time that must be focused 100% on healing. Because Thérèse is a sole proprieter of toLabor, a small business that has enriched thousands of lives across the country, she has no medical leave, short-term disability, company-subsidized insurance, or paid leave. Because her cancer is so rare, she needs supplementary treamtments not covered by the insurance she does have.

We know many people will want to flood Thérèse with love and support, but we ask that you respect her privacy and cocoon of healing and not try to contact her directly during this time via phone, text, or email. If you'd like to send her a message, please send it to oneinamillionrva at gmail dot com. We will ensure that she receives each and every message. If you have a token or something tangible that cannot be emailed, hit the contact button and we will tell you where you can drop it off or mail it. 

Thank you so much for all of your help and support for Thérèse and her family during this critical time. Please take a few minutes to look over the support videos that have been posted below, and if you have one you'd like to add, just let us know via the contact button.

With love,
One in a Million RVA (Sarah Allen-Short, Rupa Murthy, Gina Bass, and Nancy Giglio)

Videos of Thérèse's family members: 

Thérèse has always thought of healing as being surrounded by circles of light. Whether or not you are able to donate, please hold Thérèse  in your thoughts, surrounded by circles of light and loving, healing energy. The painting below was created just for Thérèse during this healing time. Please feel free to save it and post it on Thérèse's Facebook page or email to to her oneinamillionrva at gmail dot come whenever you are thinking of her and sending her circles of light. 


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