Helping Hands: Massage Therapy Students Give Massages for Donations
Published on August 1, 2014 by ctannehill
Recently, four massage chairs left the classroom and became occupied in the student commons with Broadview University staff and students as massage therapy students gave them massages for donations. Massage therapy student Meloney Clifton organized the event to raise funds for the family of Adrien Aicher.
â€śAdrien was my buddy,â€ť said Clifton.
On July 15, 2014, Aicher passed away from epithelioid angiosarcoma in the left sinus above his mouth. Although common in dogs, the disease is rare and aggressive in humans.
Clifton has donated 100 percent of her massage tips to Aicherâ€™s family, and when fellow massage student Michelle Fenn suggested doing a massage for donations event, the plan for helping Aicherâ€™s family as well as benefiting the staff and students at Broadview University was put into motion.
Fenn, Clifton, and their classmates Katelyn Porter, Krystal Wall, Sarah Heckathorn and Chelsea Anderson offered their massage expertise at the event.
â€śIt feels good to give massages,â€ť said Fenn. â€śYouâ€™re helping the person you are massaging and helping the family weâ€™re trying to assist.â€ť
â€śMassage for donations,â€ť said Heckathorn. â€śEveryone wins.â€ť
Broadview University staff and students happily donated their money in order to receive moments of relaxation and pain relief.
â€śIt was perfect timing,â€ť said maintenance worker Jim Beaton. â€śThe muscle on the right side of my neck was tense, and the massage loosened it.â€ť
Administrative Assistant Dana Simmons added that the massages for donations event was fabulous. â€śI’ve never had a massage before, and it was great,â€ť said Simmons.
After the two day event, Clifton and her fellow massage therapy students raised $183.70 for Aicherâ€™s family. She hopes to do other events to generate more money.
â€śMy end goal,â€ť said Clifton, â€śis to raise money throughout the quarter to put a dent in the familyâ€™s funeral costs and help take a burden off their mind.â€ť