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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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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