John Cassinerio wrote:
Almost ten years ago, a young lady became the catalyst for change for me and many within our family. Sammie lost her three-year battle with osteosarcoma, but along the way, she became Our Champion. Our Warrior. Our Hero.
As anyone who understands the loss of a loved one to Cancer, it can be a life altering event in so many ways. For me, the event started a reinvention of self, and a driving motivation to help others in a more direct way than how I was affecting people at the time. Suddenly, the idea of leaving a comfortable career and embarking on something completely different, with plenty of risk but also plenty of reward, took hold, and in September 2010 I graduated at the top of my class in Massage Therapy. At the end of 2012, I left that comfy career and pursued Massage Therapy full time. Since then, I have learned many lessons that has allowed me opportunities to serve others in a variety of different capacities, from chiropractic offices, medical clinics, hospital settings and primarily within the corporate environment, providing preventative care for employees in manufacturing and production.
Through this journey, it has become very apparent that the Massage Industry comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, so to speak! The type of bodywork that I perform on a daily basis is clinical in nature and evidence-based. Scientific research is vital for our profession to advance within the healthcare systems currently in place in the United States. The Massage Therapy Foundation supports all manner of research in order to push these advancements and help give our profession validity within the healthcare community. Whether it’s helping individuals cope with adverse effects of chemotherapy, tolerate pain after injury, increase flexibility after exercise, reduce discomfort from repetitive movement in the workplace or simply to reduce stress in our chaotic day-to-day life, Massage Therapy is always there, using the power of touch to heal, renew and revitalize. For over 3000 years Touch Therapy has given society a means to alleviate pain and discomfort without Big Pharma, without surgery and has been and will continue to be delivered with compassion and care.
I am very fortunate to be able to support The Massage Therapy Foundation and raise awareness to the scientific research that is advancing our profession and bring Touch Therapy into the mainstream of American healthcare. As a means to demonstrate my resolve surrounding this topic, I am running the Boston Marathon on April 15th through the generous support of the John Hancock Institute which sponsors multiple non-profit organizations to take part in the oldest running race in America! I have never run a marathon before, so this will be a personal challenge on multiple levels. Thankfully, with the support of my wife and all of you, I know that I can not only accomplish my running feat, but I can also reach my lofty fund-raising goal of $25,000!
I thank you all in advance for supporting me in this personal challenge and know that 100% of any donation will go directly to The Massage Therapy Foundation to support research in our field as well as many community service opportunities that arise from your contributions.
If you happen to be a Boeing Employee, please contribute through the Boeing gift-matching site (link to be provided eventually!) and search for The Massage Therapy Foundation as the charity you would be supporting. Boeing will match any contribution over $25 through this site.
I will be posting updates often regarding my training and any upcoming races. Sandy and I have been accomplishing a race a month since the beginning of the year in order to tally 12-12-12...12 races in 12 months in 12 different cities in the Pacific Northwest. With the exception of a race in Van Nuys, CA for Christmas, we have accomplished our goal! (5K and 10K mostly) However, the Grand Finale will be Boston 2019!
I am beyond excited! Let’s do this!