Executive Director’s Message

Welcome to Human Touch Initiative.  It is an honor to be a part of such a meaningful organization.  My father benefited from a massage provided through HTI when he was living with cancer.  He was in such pain and discomfort that medication was no longer helping.  Words cannot describe the relief he received from the gentle massage by the licensed massage therapist.  It is important to me that I continue the organization that helped my father.  I hope that others diagnosed with cancer can reap the same benefits that my father received.
It’s been clearly demonstrated in an ever-growing number of studies that  massage therapy can alleviate or reduce many symptoms and side affects of cancer, such as pain, stress, anxiety, lymph edema, negative body image, physical and emotional isolation and depression.

CathyBut I didn’t need studies to tell me this population would benefit from massage. Massage therapy is a non-invasive, non-medical solution that offers a personal, nurturing environment. Providers of these therapies offer solace, are a source of strength and give their patients ways to replenish their spirit. Another benefit is to the patients’ caregivers, who find an ally in their efforts to comfort their loved ones.

HTI’s goal was to eliminate the obstacles between cancer sufferers and the benefits of massage with specially trained oncology massage therapists. Now people with a recent diagnosis of cancer can receive massage for a little as $10. We have received such affirming feedback from our clients. My favorite quote is, “I had the feeling everyone was afraid to touch me because they might hurt me. The gentle, caring massage helped me to feel better physically and emotionally. It was like a long waited for hug.

Please apply or, if you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer, consider getting them a gift certificate. It will give them calm in the chaos, introduce them to our organization, and benefit HTI at the same time.

Thank you,

Cathy Tong
Executive Director
Human Touch Initiative