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June 14, 2012 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-06-14

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Senseis Peter Davenport and Richard Prowden lead a Kids Kicking Cancer
class in Pontiac.

Helping Families
New York and Italy, and will soon be
Amanda Michaels of Waterford, mom launching a program at Hadassah
to Kate and Luke, 4, who are both
Hospital in Israel. Each program is
enrolled in Kids Kicking Cancer,
launched with a business model that
found the organization when Kate
includes a board that agrees to be
was about halfway through with her
responsible for the location's funding.
14-month cancer treatment.
The goal is to reproduce a group of
"They came to visit her at the hos-
supporters in each place.
pital and helped her breathe through
The program in Detroit, however,
her treatments:' she said. "They were
was not launched with that business
very caring and just stepped in and
helped our family."
"For a number of years we were
Michaels says she and her hus-
blessed with federal earmark appro-
band, Rob, appreciate that Luke was
priations," said Rabbi G. "Sen. Carl
allowed to join, too. "It's been stress-
Levin, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Joe
ful for him as well:' she said. "It's
Knollenberg — a number of people
been a hard year. Kate loves the class,
on both sides of the aisle — were
and she loves Rabbi G. She's starting
really behind us and got us the fund-
to get her groove back. I'm grateful
ing we needed:'
that she's doing so well."
Until 2009. That's when all ear-
Joel Rosenfeld and his wife Amy
marks to Kids Kicking Cancer
Beth Garon Rosenfeld of Bloomfield
stopped because of the political cli-
Township found out about Kids
mate in Washington D.C.
Kicking Cancer a few years ago at
"Now, we do a lot of praying;'
a booth at Temple Beth El. His 51/2-
Rabbi G said. "We've had to cut back
year-old twins, Zachery and Daniel,
significantly, and have even been
have been battling a chronic lung dis- advised to close our program here,
ease since birth that requires uncom- but with God's help we're not going to
fortable treatments several times a
close the Detroit program:'
day. Both boys are involved in Kids
Kids Kicking Cancer is reach-
Kicking Cancer, and big sister Raquel, i ng out to ethnic communities in
8, participates occasionally as well.
Michigan, including the Arab and
"I spoke with Carol, who told me
Jewish communities. The organiza-
that the boys, although they don't
tion is looking for sponsors to help
have cancer, could still participate,"
them share their mission — and
said Joel Rosenfeld. "It's become an
their Heroes' Circle program — with
important part of their lives. Their
the public.
instructor, Peter, is their mentor, and
they look up to him almost like a
Heroes' Circle
second dad.
Martial arts therapists, such as
"They've learned deep breathing
Plowden and sensei Peter Davenport,
and how to focus. One of the best
train the children to use the "Breath
treatments for their condition is exer- Brake" and other meditative tech-
cise, so this is an important part of
niques to deflect stress and pain. The
their treatment program."
children then become the core teach-
ers of the Heroes' Circle.
Detroit Challenges
Heroes' Circle members train their
Kids Kicking Cancer has expanded
parents, siblings and others how
its program to hospitals in Canada,
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