Massage Therapy Graduate Chosen to Help Kids in India
Published on August 15, 2017 by Brooke Tervola
Massage therapy graduate, Miranda Lund has been chosen to be an ambassador on an outreach trip to India with The Liddle Kidz Foundation where she will be using her massage therapy skills to help children.
“This is a huge honor, as over 3,500 people applied for the 30 volunteer spots on the team, and I couldn’t be more excited and blessed that I got chosen,” said Miranda Lund.
Miranda was chosen by Tina Allen, founder of Little Kidz Foundation (who created pediatric massage and introduced it into the hospitals) to take her class in early 2016. This has now lead her to this new journey to India. Miranda is dedicated and lives her life with purpose.
“She is very passionate about life, kids and healing others. She can be described as caring, giving and she has a gift for massage,” Broadview University’s Dean of Massage Therapy, Denise Radcliffe.
ABOUT THE TRIP:
The team, made up of massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, child life specialists and other professionals, will be in India for three weeks, starting in December 2017. They will be working in numerous areas of the country, at hospitals, orphanages, and care centers, providing pediatric massage and therapeutic touch to the children of India. They will also be training the kids’ caregivers and healthcare staff in massage/touch techniques so that the therapy can continue long after we return home.
The effects of this program are amazing. Touch is amazing! Volunteers from the Liddle Kidz trip to Vietnam in 2012 learned this, when, the director of one of the charity centers they visited told them of a big change that happened once the caregivers there had incorporated the techniques they had learned: The rate of hospitalizations of the kids from the center had dropped from approximately 40 per year to just 2-3 per year, according to Miranda.
“In order to take this trip, I’ve got some fundraising to do. If this seems like something you’d like to support, your donation would be very much appreciated,” said Miranda. “Keep in mind that donations are tax-deductible and some employers will match them in case you would like to advocate for me.”
Click here to donate to my trip.
Not sure what to donate? Whether it is $5 or $500, here are some ideas about what it costs to either provide hands-on therapy or education while our group is there.
- $30: Provide nurturing touch to an infant who needs it most. Infants require nurturing touch and sensory stimulation to reach their full potential.
- $70: Educate families to use massage therapy When a family learns to massage their child, not only does it encourage their bond, it creates a sustainable impact to allow the child receive massage as needed to aid in sleep, relaxation, healthy growth, and development.
- $100: Provide pediatric massage to orphaned infants and children with specialized healthcare needs. Professional healthcare ambassadors provide assessment, treatment and pediatric massage to help address symptoms of children with specialized healthcare needs utilizing a custom designed treatment plan meeting their unique medical needs.
- $200: Train healthcare staff to provide continued care Training healthcare staff to continue using touch therapy after our team departs creates sustainable change that lasts a lifetime.
“Thank you for your time to read a little bit of my heart. I would love to connect with you and talk more about my pending trip. You can reply to this email or call me at 651-343-6218.”
To learn more about Liddle Kidz Foundation: