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Oncology Massage Fund

$890 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 47 months
My name is Miles Berdache and I offer Oncology Massage and Oncology Safe Spa Treatments in Chico, CA.  In March 2013, I began training under Isabel Atkins in the only state certified 300 hour comprehensive Oncology Massage Program in Davis, CA. and I completed the program in October 2014.  In August 2013 I helped create the Oncology Massage Program at Enloe Cancer Center, providing Reflexology Massage to patients in the Infusion Center and I continue to offer Oncology Services on a sliding scale in my private practice.

Oncology Massage is an approach to Massage Therapy that is based in both compassion and specialized massage protocols to help people manage their experience with cancer.  Review of the scientific literature indicates Oncology Massage helps improve quality of life, including: increased relaxation, better sleep function, increased immunity, reduced anxiety, pain management, increased energy, less fatigue, digestion discomfort, decreased nausea, relief from diarrhea & constipation and minimized peripheral neuropathy.

The only obstacle is that Oncology Massage is still considered an "alternative therapy" and is not covered by any insurance, so the cost is out of pocket for cancer patients. I do try to help the financial burden by offering Oncology Services on a sliding scale, but I am limited to how many clients I can see and still keep my dream alive.

This is why I am reaching out to the Go Fund Me community.  I would like to raise $5000 to help offset the cost for Oncology Massage clients by continuing my sliding scale program.  I would use the $5000 fund to make up the difference for my regular Massage pricing.  I estimate that $5000 would provide massages for about 200 visits/clients, which is an amazing start.  I will be posting the fund and when it is accessed on my website: milesberdache.com, so that your generocity can be monitored by all interested in its success.

It is my great honor and privledge to work with the Oncology Community and with your help I can continue offering this much needed service to my community on a sliding scale.

Thank you,
Miles Berdache

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I thought you might want to see a few testimonials from clients who have had the opportunity to receive Oncology Massage, as a direct result of the generosity generated from GoFundMe.

KEVIN R. BAKER wrote:

"When I first met Miles I was deep into stage 4 bone cancer, had 3 broken ribs, a shattered sternum and a back that was broken in two places. My Lymph system had ceased to do its job, causing swelling in my legs, and I couldn't put shoes on even if they would have fit. I had been advised not to have massage due to the danger of breaking more bones. I had heard of Oncology Massage-something none of my doctors had yet heard of- that offered a lighter touch.

Since I was still awaiting test results no cancer treatments could be scheduled. As a man of 5 foot 10 and a half inches tall in 2013 weighing 145 pounds life was good. Now in 2014, I was 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighted 105 pounds, using wheel chairs for the most part and canes or crutches when I could stand the pain. My muscles had tightened around the injuries so tightly, for many months, that they could not relax.

Sessions with Miles not only relieved my swelling, he also was able to get the muscles to relax without any additional broken bones. I have to credit Miles with helping me to endure and live until I could get Radiation and Chemotherapy.

Miles is able to charge on a sliding scale, due to an Oncology Fund he started and you can imagine, since I wasn't working anymore, I was destitute, needy, and embarrassed that I couldn’t pay for services that I felt were saving my life. The Oncology Fund made it easier for me to maintain my pride, pay what I could and receive regular sessions. I encourage everyone to contribute to his good works and tell others about this natural cancer relief. I also want to thank those of you who have contributed on my behalf and the behalf of others in my position."

-Kevin R. Baker


MARTHA THREEWIT wrote:

“I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2003. My treatment history included Chemotherapy, a double Mastectomy with 11 Lymph Nodes removed on my right side, Radiation and a failed Breast Reconstruction surgery. All of this left me with severe adhesion's on the right chest wall, which lead to excessive pain in my upper right torso and jaw. I have had traditional massage in the past that was horribly painful to the point of tears so I had given up on any hope of Massage as an option for pain reduction.

Miles being a long time friend of mine asked if I would participate as a Massage subject in the Scar Tissue Mobilization class he took and of course I was hesitant as well as skeptical. I can honestly say today that I am grateful for his persistence because I am now a believer in the power of Oncology Massage and the immediate effectiveness I have experienced with the Scar Tissue work. From the very first sessions I felt an improved range of motion, decreased stiffness in my jaw, neck, chest and shoulder area and the over all pain I have is no longer debilitating. But more than that, I now have hope for the possibility of a pain free future without medication and I feel like I am finally on the path to emotional recovery.”

-Martha Threewit





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Wow...the first day was a great success! With just 3 friends and clients we raised $650...that is an amazing start. I will start putting the word out to the Oncology community that this fund is here for them...and I am sure they will be equally as grateful to those who have donated.

Every little bit helps, so donate as you can and PLEASE share this with your friends.
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Wow! My first donation...from my very first client and very good friend...thank you!
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$890 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 47 months
Created January 28, 2015
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$50
Trudy Duisenberg
36 months ago

Miles is one of the most generous people in the world. I'm happy to support his work.

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$70
Patty Molinaro
38 months ago

Great fund raiser. Cancer suck

GL
$100
Gary & Anne Lynk
40 months ago

Human touch - the most healing of all. I'm a believer.

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$500
Larry & Eric
47 months ago

Good luck Miles!!

$100
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47 months ago
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