This week, I want to tell you about an amazing foundation. It is
called the Michael DeStefano Foundation. Michael DeStefano and his
family have been such a wonderful inspiration to our AOM clinic
every Tuesday morning that I feel compelled to share their
Mike (yellow shirt) with his mother Debbie (scarf)
Michael was born and raised in Addison, Illinois, a suburb just
west of Chicago. Mike and his older brother, Nick, have developed a
strong friendship. Mike is an enthusiastic sports fan and top-notch
athlete. His parents, Pete and Debbie, are loving and devoted
parents who taught Michael the values of being loyal, caring,
family-oriented, and dedicated.
During his summer break from Illinois State University in 2009,
Michael's life tragically changed. While riding home from work with
a friend, an unexplainable auto accident occurred, which left Mike
clinging to life and suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Throughout a long and arduous process, Mike has continued to
improve and his recovery has surprised even his doctors, although
he still has a long road ahead of him.
Photos from michaeladestefanofoundation.org
After the accident, the Michael A. DeStefano Foundation was
created. The goal of the foundation is to provide advocacy for
families who have suffered many hardships as a result of a family
member who has traumatic brain injuries.
Michael's mom Debbie has spoken at many events. She spoke to our
senior acupuncture seminar class at National University of Health
Sciences last trimester.
The foundation is planning a fundraiser in 2014. If you would
like more information about the Michael DeStefano Foundation, you
can like them on Facebook or go directly to their website: michaeladestefanofoundation.org.
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blog I wanted to focus on the National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month (NBCAM) which is a collaboration of national public service
organizations, professional medical associations, and government
agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share
information on the disease, and provide greater access to
NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast
cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on
breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides
have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there
remains much to be accomplished. They remain dedicated to educating
and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and
educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the
year. In July, my neighbor passed away from breast cancer and
I would like to honor her and many women who are survivors and
fighters of breast cancer.
Please encourage you patients, friends and family about yearly
mammograms and self-breast examination. I will be showing my
support by wearing the pink ribbon this month. There is also a
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of DuPage County on Sunday
October 20, 2013, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton,
IL. There are pamphlets about the 5k fundraising walk are available
at the LRC front desk. This is a great cause and students can
receive off-campus hours.
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First, I would like to say welcome back students and faculty at
NUHS. I had a wonderful two weeks break. At the end of this
trimester, I will graduate with my master's degree in acupuncture.
I will still be around campus, though, since I officially
dual-enrolled this trimester in the naturopathic medicine program
and will be working on second doctorate at Midwestern University in
Downers Grove starting in winter quarter.
This week's blog is about the first Illinois Walk for
Acupuncture sponsored by the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental
Medicine (ILaaom). ILaaom is Illinois' oldest
professional organization representing licensed acupuncturists and
students, along with oriental medical schools and
acupuncture-related businesses. It is registered with the State of
Illinois as a nonprofit corporation. ILaaom was formed in 1983 (as
the Illinois State Acupuncture Association) to be the unifying
force for Illinois acupuncturists to uphold ethical and
well-regulated standards of practice and to lobby for legislation
to advance the profession. ILaaom acknowledges and respects all
traditions of acupuncture and oriental medicine, and believes that
cooperation and strength among practitioners and supporters will
ensure that this ancient medical art will retain its integrity and
achieve the recognition and legal status to which it is entitled,
thus enhancing the quality of health care for people in
The first Illinois walk for acupuncture was held this past
Saturday, September 7th from 9am to 12pm in
downtown Chicago along our beautiful lakefront. We had a great
turnout. They coined the phrase "Move your Qi - Walk for
Acupuncture." Everyone had a great time!
The walk helped raised money to continue our work of increasing
awareness of the benefits of acupuncture, advancing and defending
the practice of acupuncture in Illinois, and improving services and
support for practitioners. ILaaom will be having future walks and
events. You can visit their website: Support Acupuncture.
A Big Thanks to NUHS students, friends, and family who were able
to attend the event.
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I wanted to share on my blog this week
about a wonderful organization for which I was honored to volunteer
this weekend at Four Lakes Recreation in Lisle, Illinois. This
event was the Harley Davidson 6th Annual Bike and Hot Rod Poker Run
benefitting military working dogs through Save-A-Vet.org.
Save-A-Vet began in the heart of Iraq War veteran Danny Scheurer
when he was stationed in one of the most dangerous places in
Baghdad during one of the worst times in the war. Danny learned
that a military contractor whose contract with the government was
not being renewed had decided to abandon their corporate-owned K-9s
on the backstreets of Baghdad, leaving behind these noble animals
to avoid the costs of transporting and sheltering them.
The Save-A-Vet mission helps rescue military and law enforcement
working dogs and other service animals from being put down when
their service to country and community is done, and provides
housing and relief for disabled veterans who help take care of
The invitation to volunteer to help our
canine friends but also our veterans was an inspiring opportunity.
I want to thank Holistic Health Care Centers LLC, Healer Warrior,
and the seven AOM interns for all their time and effort for this
very worthy cause. I met many veterans, active duty and reserve,
from all branches and their canine companions.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please visit
their website at Save-A-Vet.org. This is a great way to show our
support to our veterans, Stoic professionals and four-legged
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It's going to be hot one this week!
I wanted to share with you a wonderful community service event
for which I volunteered this past Friday, June
7th at Downers Grove North High School. The event
was called Relay for Life. What is Relay for Life?
At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come
together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and
fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The
funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against
Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running
around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground.
Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never
sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the
track at all times.
Pat Genardo, assistant director of the National University
Health Sciences LRC, organized this Relay for Life event. She has
been participating in Relay for Life for 17 years, and has been on
the planning committee for ACS for 15 years. Pat became involved
with ACS when her mother passed away from cancer 17 years ago.
Pat's sister also was diagnosed with cancer but is a survivor. Her
team this year was called United Against Cancer and raised over
$5,000 in donations. Any students interested in earning community
service hours can contact Pat Genardo at 630-889-6597 or firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming
I wanted to thank ACS and Pat for planning this event. I was
honored and humbled to be among the survivors of cancer and their
caregivers. I met so many wonderful people. I always live by the
motto, "Love Life." What an inspiration to us all that we celebrate
the gift of life through such a wonderful organization like
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