Events and Things to do in Reno, Nevada
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Yoga for Cancer Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers
January 19 at 2:00 pm - February 16 at 3:15 pm PST
An event every 6 weeks that begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely
Michelle Perry-Roberts is a board member of the local nonprofit MRD Global Foundation Inc. In the fall of 2018, she had an idea to give back to her community in Reno, Nevada by starting a Cancer Yoga Class for Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Michelle has spent the last 25 years working in healthcare. She has held positions such as the Director of Marketing and held roles in healthcare management in both Utah and Nevada. She has developed many health care programs in her community to help cancer patients.
Michelle was diagnosed with Breast Cancer over 20 years ago. At the time, she never really discussed her cancer story. Up until recently, women just did not talk about their cancer stories or share their personal journey. Having been lucky, Michelle’s cancer was caught early. Her cancer was cured and she has been in remission ever since. Overwhelming appreciation for being given another chance at life, Michelle dedicated the last two decades giving back to the cancer community. She has spent countless hours volunteering her time to lead cancer support groups and participating in grant writing. She helped secure financial assistance to provide uninsured women access to pap smears and mammograms. Michelle spearheaded breast cancer education programs pertaining to the importance of doing self- breast exams. Her education efforts led her to speak at churches, health fairs and women’s organizations.
Last year, Michelle was chosen to be a contestant in the Breast Cancer 2 Bikini Contest. This is a local event developed by Mena Spodobaski, the owner of Evoke Fitness. There she met some amazing women, all survivors of breast cancer. A bond of sisterhood was formed for a lifetime. She observed that when discussing their treatment, there was a common theme: Most of the women mentioned the importance and need to implement daily relaxation, mindfulness, and calming practices.
Through her yoga practices, Michelle has learned how to relax, and meditate. Over 5 years ago Michelle’s life was altered from a surgery. She ruptured a blood clot in her stomach a week after surgery. This resulted in Michelle spending the next year in the hospital, primarily the ICU followed by a skilled nursing facility. She was forced to learn to walk again and focused her determination to regain her strength. She was dependent on an in-home caregiver for 3 years.
Today, Michelle is healthy and living her life to the fullest. She is living her purpose to make a difference in people’s lives, and to teach people to never ever give up. Always open to new opportunities and constantly networking to expand her reach, she recently met yet another person she could lend her guidance to.
Kiana Maryam Broome had been working in the wellness industry since 2005. She recently transitioned over to focusing her practice on clients with cancer after hearing the national statistic. She kept reading studies showing the benefits of yoga, massage and meditation for cancer, yet knew many practitioners were not given the proper training to work with this group. Kiana was introduced to Michelle through a friend. The two discussed the launch of Kiana’s Oncology Support project. After bouncing ideas back and forth, it seemed like the timing was right to offer a weekly Yoga for Cancer class. Since that first meeting, Kiana has also teamed up with Steamboat Hot Springs and Healing Center to be a peaceful, historic site to host the class. Their intent to service as a healing center also led to the new oncology specific line of services they are now offering. The Spa Day package for cancer patients and survivors is a collection of safe therapies and services that evidence based studies have shown to help reduce symptoms and improve overall quality of life.
Kiana offers complementary care in nutrition, yoga, and oncology massages. She received her “Yoga for Cancer Patients” training from Memorial Sloan and Kettering Cancer Center located in New York. She also trained in Oncology Massage at the Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach.
The Yoga for Cancer class will be held every Saturday from 2:00pm-3:15pm starting January 19that Steamboat Hot Springs Healing Center located at 16010 South Virginia Reno, NV 89521. The yoga class is $12 per person. For more information about the program please call Kiana at 775-722-8252 or visit her website naturenowwellness.com.