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Kids Kicking Cancer Canada launches new program for pain relief

The program provides youths with therapeutic classes to help manage pain.
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Kids Kicking Cancer Canada has developped a new initiative named the Heroes Circle, which gives patients between the ages of three to 18, therapeutic classes meant to help them manage pain.
The workshops, which are led by trained, black belt martial artists, focus on breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques. They also include traditional martial arts moves, as a way to give kids confidence, power, peace and purpose. During the program's official launch earlier this week, participants even gave demonstrations of the meditation techniques and karate moves they learned.
So far, 40 children are enrolled in the program, which is open to any child in pain and their siblings at no cost.
The program is the result of a grant from the Ottawa Trillium Foundation (OTF) that was awarded in 2018 to help make a difference in the lives of sick children dealing with pain.
"We are grateful to OTF for providing the funding to launch a Heroes Circle program for children in pain in Ottawa," says Julie Thompson, a member of the foundation's board of directors. "Our participants learn that they have the power within themselves to overcome their pain and fear, and are empowered by the martial arts therapy techniques taught in class to take control of their situations and find peace. In turn, they are teaching everyone around them giving great purpose to their lives."
Kids Kicking Cancer is a global project with offices in the U.S., Italy and South Africa. The Heroes Circle in Ottawa offers weekly classes at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation's Maplesoft Centre in Alta Vista.


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