The Arts and Healing Initiative brings arts-based tools for mind/body healing to the community as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation. The arts offer accessible, nonverbal and universal tools for facilitating emotional and physical health. The Arts and Healing Initiative develops and facilitates the use of programs that integrate art forms and mind/body therapies, such as meditation and group support, to maximize the healing process. It also serves as a clearinghouse for existing programs. Visibility is achieved through affordable experiential education and strategic outreach to health (and mental health) professionals, educators, community workers, caregivers, and artists, and the general public. Program planning involves partnerships with academia, community-based organizations, and private institutions to solve societal problems, such as the need for youth to channel physical, social, and emotional behavior in constructive ways - without the stigma of therapy.
CMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide musical instruments and music therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic conditions and life-altering illnesses, and to support research on the effects of music therapy. Visit the website here.
The Whole Foods Market has supplied lunch for Whole Child Foundation workshops. We appreciate their generosity and community spirit.
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The CEVAN Louie Foundation (CLF) was founded by Evan Louie in remembrance of his late wife Cheryl Fernandez Louie who passed away from GBM IV in November of 2008. She was diagnosed with a 6.5 by 3.5 cm tumor in her corpus collosum in July of 2007, four months after getting married, and at seven months pregnant with thier daugheter Cevan. She underwent two cranial resects, an emergency c-section, and then intubattion within one week's time, following protocal of treatment of Temador (after conventional and proton radiation). After proving immune to Temador, Cheryl underwent treatment with Avastin + CPT-11 at Cedars Sinai Hospital.
The CLF is 501(c)(3) organization, but it is unique in that its business model has revolutionized the non-profit sector by creating a self-sustaining entity that does not require donations. Instead, the Foundation manages an investment portfolio with its proceeds going directly to fund brain cancer research. To date such investment projects include funding for the upcoming Hollywood movie release “Wrath of Cain,” starring Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames, and talent management for the world-renowned Tahitian dance troop, Les Grand Ballet de Tahiti. Proceeds from both projects go directly towards funding brain cancer research and finding a cure.
As a self-sustaining organization, CLF does not compete for funds with the other brain cancer non-profit organizations. Its fundamental goals, rather, are to unite the brain cancer community, support the other non-profits, and be an advocate for all those affected by brain cancer. Through its partnership with the Grey Ribbon Crusade (a network of more than 52 non-profit organizations) CLF works to promote fundraising efforts around the country.
Cheryl lost her heroic battle with brain cancer in November of 2008, but her memory and impact live on through those who knew her, her husband Evan and their daughter Cevan, and the C.E.V.A.N. Louie Foundation.
PARTH R BHATT