The Mendo Human Race is truly about serving the community. The event provides a platform for organizations of all sizes to raise awareness, and funds, to help take an idea and turn it into a reality. Ukiah Valley Medical Center’s (UVMC) Art Therapy Program is a wonderful example of how leveraging the Mendo Human Race can help launch an innovative program and improve the lives of those in the community.
UVMC is now offering complimentary group art therapy sessions as part of the hospital’s Cancer Treatment and Infusion Center’s Focus on Healing program. The sessions are facilitated by Sue Sweet, Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist, and made possible by a substantial grant provided by the T.R. Eriksen Foundation after building momentum by utilizing the Mendo Human Race.
“In 2014 our team walked for the first time in the Mendo Human Race and raised approximately $1,500 for the program,” says Oncology Patient Navigator Angle Slater, RN. “In 2015, we enlisted the help of Realty World/Selzer Realty and were able to more than double the funds raised. Thanks to their help, we were able to hold our first group art therapy sessions in 2015. As a result, we were able to attract funding from the T.R. Ericksen Foundation in Ukiah to help us fund 3 more sessions in 2016!”
Slater continues, “It really does take a village to support this kind of programming for cancer patients and their families. We’re most grateful to the folks at Realty World/Selzer Realty for helping us get this program off the ground. We’re also grateful for an event like the Mendo Human Race which has helped us take a fledgling program and attract larger donors to help make it sustainable.”
In accordance with the hospital’s philosophy of patient-centered care that focuses on the whole person – mind, emotions and body, and in response to feedback from patients who requested more support after treatment, this alternative therapy continues to advance UVMC’s commitment to the Focus on Healing Program which offers art, music, movement and other healing modalities, in addition to advanced medical treatment for patients with cancer.
The Focus on Healing program is offered at the Cancer Treatment and Infusion Center (CTIC) located at 260 Hospital Drive, Suite 207 in Ukiah. To learn more about the services offered at the CTIC and the Focus on Healing program please call 707.463.7627.
It’s stories like this that make the Mendo Human Race a key part of building community. If you or your organization are looking to raise awareness for your program, please consider forming a team for 2016. You can find all the details here. See you at the starting line on May 7th!