Friday, June 29, 2007

The Healing Project Summertime Silent Auction - July 19th, 2007 - NYC

Join The Healing Project in a Silent Auction to support the Voices Who Care Online Project.

RSVP by July 2, 2007 via e-mail The Healing Project Summertime Silent Auction If you would like a to download a full-sized version of the invitation, click here.

Please include your name, contact information and the size of your party.

If you can not join us, please be kind enough to Donate to The Healing Project through

The evening is being graciously hosted by GreeneStreet Films.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day --- June 27, 2007

Initiated in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS and supported by CDC, National HIV Testing Day is held each year on June 27. This event increases awareness of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and promotes early diagnosis and testing for HIV.

In 2003, CDC announced a plan to explore new strategies to combat HIV (1). Since then, CDC researchers have studied the feasibility and effectiveness of HIV testing in diverse settings, including emergency departments and minority gay pride events, two settings featured in this issue of MMWR. In 2006, CDC called for routine, voluntary HIV testing of persons aged 13--64 years in health-care settings (2). In 2007, CDC launched a heightened national response to the HIV/AIDS crisis among African Americans, with a goal to increase opportunities for diagnosis and testing (3).

Persons who know they are infected with HIV can begin treatment at an early stage of infection and take steps to prevent transmitting HIV to others (4). Additional information regarding HIV testing, including a list of testing sites, is available at

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Healing Project is Pleased to Annouce Two New Summer Education Programs

The Healing Project is pleased to announce two summertime education programs in collaboration with Hour Children (Queens, NY) and Center for Immigrant Families (New York, NY).


Despite progress in women's status in recent decades, the lives of millions of girls and women are overshadowed by discrimination and poverty. Worldwide, girls and women are disproportionately affected by HIV/Aids and are at risk for other chronic diseases. Eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will have a profound and positive impact on the survival and well-being of children (UNICEF: The State of the World's Children 2007).

"The lives of women are inextricably linked to the well-being of children. If they are not educated, if they are not healthy, if they are not empowered, the children are the ones who suffer" (Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF).

The Healing Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of individuals diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and chronic diseases. The Healing Project is developing resources to enhance the quality of life of such individuals, their family members, friends and other caregivers.

OUR STORIES will combine geography, language, literature and art while introducing nutritional concepts relevant to the projects at hand. The classes will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Hour Children is an organization that works with women who are or were formerly incarcerated in New York prisons and provides care and services for their children. New York has the third largest female population in the United States. Hour Children runs five residences in Queens, each offering a safe home environment for formerly incarcerated mothers and their children. Hour Children was a recipient of a Union Square Award in 2002.

CLASS DATES: July 5, 12, 19, 26 and August 3, 10, 17, 24
LOCATION: Hour Children, 36-11 A 12th Street, Long Island City, NY 11106
CONTACT: Program Manager, Adele Lonas, for more information:

The Center for Immigrant Families was created to advance human rights of immigrant families and engage community members in collective efforts for social change. The Center works primarily with low-income immigrant women of color and relies on a "participatory action research" approach to organizing that believe's in a community's participation in its transformation. This model connects psychological issues with social, political, legal and economic needs. The Center for Immigrant Families was a recipient of a Union Square Award in 2002.

CLASS DATES: July 14, 21, 28, and August 4, 11, 18, 25.
LOCATION: CIF, 20 West 104th Street, Basement, New York, NY 10025
CONTACT: Program Manager, Adele Lonas, for more information:

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Voices Who Care Interactive Network Featured in the Lewisboro Ledger

Debra LaChance, left, and Melissa Marr, of The Healing Project, will soon be offering a special interactive feature, “Voices Who Care,” an online social network designed to connect the patient community by providing individuals with a forum where they may meet online.

Voices Who Care is an Interactive network of support for those coping with illness. To read the entire story follow this link.

Monday, June 18, 2007

June is National Prevent Blindness Month

The Healing Project wants you to take some time and remember to take care of your vision.

Since 1908, Prevent Blindness America has been the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization with the sole mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight.

Visit the PBA to learn more about programs designed to test and preserve sight.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sun Safety is not only for Adults but also for Children

Enjoying the outdoors is something we all like to do, whether as part of family activities, participating in sports, or simply walking and enjoying nature and the sunshine.

While the sun is important to our environment, too much may not be good for you and your children. In fact, overexposure to the sun's UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. Why is this important?

One serious childhood sunburn could trigger skin cancer in later years.
Skin cancer incidence rates are growing the fastest of all cancers.
More than two cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every minute.
1.3 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
The bad news is, one person dies every hour from skin cancer. The good news is, skin cancer is preventable.

To beat the odds of developing skin cancer, the Sun Safety Alliance is launching Mothers & Others Against Skin Cancer, in partnership with The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. The Sun Safety Alliance is also collaborating with The Entertainment Industries Council to beat the odds of developing skin cancer.

Sun Safety Public Service Announcement

For information regarding free year round screenings on the following link American Academy of Dermatology
Melanoma Monday
American Academy of Dermatology
930 East Woodfield Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(888) 462-DERM (3376)
(847) 330-0230
(847) 330-8907 Fax
Materials available
Contact: Aisha Hasan

Sunday, June 10, 2007

It's Men's Health Week June 11th through 17th - Guys, It Is Time for a Check Up

The Healing Project wishes to remind the male members of our community that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Most of us avoid the Doctor like the plague, but it is sensible to recive a check-up every so often to make sure everything is in proper working order. We must take care of ourselves to take care of our loved ones.

The Men's Health Network has prpepared this Public Service Announcement to remind us to make an appointment with our GP.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Urge the State Senate to Help New York's Blood Cancer Patients

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Healing Project urge New Yorkers to contact your State Senator and tell them to Help New York Blood Cancer Patients.

In the next two weeks the New York State Senate will vote on Bill S3097 to establish a fund for Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Research, Education and Treatment. The fund would benefit all those battling blood cancers. This legislation will place a "check-off box" on the New York State individual and corporate income tax returns, allowing New Yorkers to contribute to the support of this program.

Please take a moment to do one of two things (or even both if you like). Call Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's office today, tell him you support Senate Bill S3097, and urge him to move it to the full Senate for a floor vote. His number is 518-455-3191. Or click here, sign and mail the letter to Senator Bruno's office. Please personalize the letter if you like.

Let your friends, family and co-workers know about this bill. Give them copies of the letter to sign and mail, and give them Senator Bruno's phone number to call. For many people with blood cancer, research offers the only hope for a cure. Please act today and help us pass this Bill! Your voice can make a difference!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Melissa Marr, President of The Healing Project, Interviewed in the Columbia Business School Newsletter

Melissa Marr was interviewed in the the June 5th, 2007 Columbia Business School Newsletter. The interview covers both the development of The Healing Project as well as Melissa's career transition into the not-for-profit world.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

June 3rd is National Cancer Survival Day

The Healing Project wishes to celebrate the lives of the over 10MM cancer survivors in the United States and the tens of millions of cancer survivors around the world.

Get involved and be a part of not only of a celebration of life but also a movement to bring about a cure to these diseases.

Attend an Event in Your Community

Don’t miss the celebration! Hundreds of communities throughout the United States and other participating countries will hold celebrations of life as part of the 20th anniversary National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 3, 2007. Survivors, caregivers, health professionals, and friends and family will join together to celebrate the lives of all people around the world who are living with a history of cancer.

To locate an event in your community, contact your local cancer treatment center or the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation at 615-794-3006 or