2017 Angie Spa

To purchase a massage for a cancer patient you can do so now by clicking the “Donate Now” button in the upper right hand corner of the website. First time donors will have to register. Once registered, simply pull down “designation” tab and choose Angie’s Spa Massage for Cancer Patients. The cost of a massage is $25 and lasts for 20 minutes.

Thanks to the generosity of Angie's Spa, Northridge Hospital Leavey Cancer Center is offering free onsite massages to those receiving inpatient and outpatient treatments. Services included hand, foot, and neck/shoulder massages. In FY 2017, we provided 1,775 massages.

The program initially employed one part time massage therapist once a week. Now, due to the program’s success, and the expressed want of the patients, the program incorporates three days of massages. So much enthusiasm was expressed toward this program, and in an attempt to appeal to patients on a greater scale, we are now employing both a male and female masseuse.

For people affected by cancer, complementary and holistic treatments have been proven to decrease stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue by reducing pain and alleviating some of the side effects of traditional medical treatments. Angie's Spa provides cancer patients a break from a life of managing the disease and gives them a gift for their spirit, their soul and their self esteem.

The hospital is very fortunate to offer these complimentary care services and the patients that have experienced these massages and touch techniques have expressed great appreciation for the program.

Our patients thank Angie's Spa for the wonderful support, and here are a few patient comments:

  Andrew

     “I cannot express how grateful I am for the massage therapists at the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Cancer Center. They were an incredible relief many times during my treatment. I had horrible back pain and spasms that were greatly relieved when I received the massages both in the infusion room and in the radiation therapy department. I was also having issues with the bottom of my feet that caused quite a bit of pain, and the foot massage I received was a tremendous help. Unless you have been through this type of treatment I don't think you can understand the muscle pain I experienced just from trying to stand up for a few minutes. Knowing that the massage therapists were there and all I had to do was ask for their help was a huge weight off of my shoulders and my family that was taking care of me.  My sincere thanks.”  - Andrew D.

   “Angie’s Spa and the therapeutic massages have given me a new sense of peace in a world that is scary and doom.  The golden touch of the masseuse actually replaces any negative feelings with a sense of calm and understanding.  Words cannot convey the gratitude that I have for your program.  This is a very touching gift.  Thank you.”    - Benton C.

     "The massages relieve the pain and stress that I carry in my shoulders and back.  also helps when I have a tension headache.  My massage therapist has a cheerful and positive demeanor and a magical touch.  this service makes showing up for radiation tolerable." - Debra W.

You can learn more about Angie's Spa by going to their website. Founded in memory of Angie Levy, Angie’s Spa is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds hospital programs across the country with the express purpose of providing FREE therapeutic spa services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Angie’s Spa is an all volunteer organization that is funded entirely through private donations, and 100% of donations go directly toward hospital programs.

 

 

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