For years, Heather Chalon has been an inspiring leader in Tucson’s tai chi community. Her passion for the healing arts began decades ago, when she studied traditional tai chi forms and qigong in the People’s Republic of China. Her studies took her across Europe and then back to the United States, where she earned a degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona. Eventually, Heather found the perfect match of her tai chi expertise and passion for public health: The Tai Chi for Health Program by Dr. Paul Lam, MD. This program matches the ancient wisdom of tai chi movement with modern medical knowledge, and is recognized as an effective tool in combating the pain, stiffness, and risk of falling associated with arthritis and other ailments . Becoming an instructor and then Senior Trainer in the program allowed Heather to bring healing- and a better quality of life- to countless individuals through classes and workshops across Arizona.
Now Heather has the opportunity to broaden her reach even more by traveling to Australia in January to certify to become a Master Trainer. This certification will allow her to spread this program of healing in a broader scope than ever before. Already a mentor to instructors across the state, this new certification will give Heather the authority to train safe and effective new instructors. These teachers can bring this health-improving practice into communities across the globe with their work in hospitals, schools, senior centers, and in the workplace.
The trip to Australia however is costly. Flights and hotels, the price of the workshops, and weeks of missed work quickly add up. That’s why we’ve created this campaign to raise $9,300 by December to ensure that Heather can afford to take advantage of this opportunity and spread awareness of tai chi as a modality that promotes health around the world.
So we’re not really raising money for Heather. We’re raising it for all of the people who will benefit so much from this deeply healing practice.
We are deeply grateful to everyone who is willing to pitch in to help this cause.
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