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January, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 01

Grant Winners Announced

By Editorial Staff

It's official, the Helping Hands Gifts for Growth grant recipients have been announced and the winners are:

Teresa J. Alger from the Central Maryland School of Massage in Frederick, Md.

Chadwick M. Handville from the Cortiva Institute in Scottsdale, Az.

Christine M. Patacsil from the Institute for Massage Education/Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Mary E. Rone from the National Holistic Institute in San Francisco.

These winners applied for one of four $1,000 grants, with each winner's school also receiving a $1,000 grant package. Each applicant was asked to complete a 100 word essay answering the question, "how as a massage therapist, my helping hands would make a difference." The Helping Hands Grant Program was launched in May 2013 by Biotone and Biofreeze to "support the professional massage therapy student in their educational pursuits or endeavors to launch a massage therapy practice.

grant winners - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark "It was truly gratifying to see the excitement and response to this new program. We received more than 480 applications representing more than 165 massage therapy schools. We are very pleased with the results," said Biotone President Jean Shea. "Those in our industry possess a real passion and desire to make a difference, so we know it wasn't easy for our distinguished selection committee to choose four winning essays - truly the best of the best."

"Both of our companies have been involved in supporting continuing education and will continue to be. This was an expansion of our individual efforts and provided an opportunity for two industry leaders to work together to contribute to our profession's strength, vitality and future," said Marshall Dahneke, Performance Health CEO. "Hopefully, by doing this, we've been an example to others who can also contribute to the educational support of the massage therapy profession." When more organizations get involved, we can collectively start to make a bigger difference.


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