Initiatives Launch to Support Holistic Care of People with Cancer
Fulfilling a dream more than two decades in the making, Rev. Rodney Kelly, BCH; Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Self-Healing Trainer, has announced the formation of a new foundation and holistic cancer care group based out of The Bridge Healing Arts Center in Farmington.
“There are two issues we’re trying to address through the Eye of the Eagle Foundation,” Kelly explains. “The first is that not enough people know how many options are available for working with their cancer or enhancing their care. The second is that even if people are aware, many of the helpful and supportive modalities are not covered by insurance. That makes them cost-prohibitive.”
Kelly says the Holistic Cancer Support Group now being assembled will be the first of its type in the state. The group will include a variety of holistic practices and practitioners seeking to empower those diagnosed with cancer to take an active role in their battle using alternative options.
Most hospitals offer support groups for individuals with cancer, but there is growing interest about holistic options to help with the medical, emotional and even spiritual battles that arise during the journey. This is the niche the new group aims to fill.
“There is another way to fight a better battle in addressing their condition. Supportive modalities focus on aiding the body’s natural abilities to fight against the disease,” Kelly says. “That’s the whole purpose of this. This is a concept I’ve been working on for over 20 years and I feel such joy about this coming to fruition. We are going to be able to help so many people.”
The group is now recruiting practitioners that focus on specific modalities such as nutrition and pain management, as well as integrative physicians and other specialists that may be of significant benefit to people suffering from cancer. The group will be open to resident and non-resident practitioners of the Bridge Healing Arts Center.
To address the financial issue, Eye of the Eagle Foundation will become a non-profit foundation that will raise funding to support the holistic approaches to not only cancer, but a plethora of additional medical conditions. The group was formed in November, has elected its first board, and plans to be running in the first quarter of 2019. A GoFundMe campaign is in the works and grant requests are now being written. The officers for the coming year are: Secretary Lorina “Jane” Buonanducci, Microscopic Blood Analyst; Treasurer Kristina Diamond, Reiki Master, Energy Healer and Grant Writer; Vice President Dr. Joe Brenton, ND, Naturopathic Doctor and Native American Spiritualist; and President Kelly.
Once the foundation is running, patients will pay a copay for the services they receive and the foundation’s fund will pay the balance to the practitioners. When patients are in later stage cancer situations, the fund will likely pay 100 percent. All support will be based on a need basis after an individual financial evaluation is completed.
“These services are drastically needed in our communities and beyond,” Kelly says. “If you have a burning desire to benefit people that either are or will, at some time in the future be afflicted with cancer, then we implore upon you to take a giant step forward and become an integral part of this program.”
For more information, please call Rod Kelly at 860-216-8671 or email [email protected]. Location: The Bridge Healing Arts Center, 304 Main St, Farmington.