LifeSpark board members – Tom Panton, Tania Leevers, Executive Director Sandy Priester, Ron Ripp, Donna Allgood, Susan Whitley
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Let me acquaint you with a very special nonprofit organization that provides free wellness therapies through Reiki and Healing Touch sessions during and after cancer. LifeSpark’s 9th annual fundraising gala was festive, fun and informative as cancer patients shared stories of healing and peace, Doug Tisdale worked the crowd at Wellshire Event Center for charity auction bidding and Groove ‘N Motion as well as the Rocky Mountain Horns rocked the stage that beckoned dancers.
LifeSpark founder Sandy Priester, emcee/auctioneer Doug Tisdale (for nine years) and Miss Colorado for America in the silent auction arena.
LifeSpark is a place where the body has a chance to heal without pain and drugs and reduces depression. “The future of medicine is in whole body care – mind, body and spirit,” said Executive Director Sandy Priester. “LifeSpark is helping create the future – we are already doing it! I am filled with gratitude because LifeSpark represents passion in action.” The future is tied to medical partners. Out of 15 Elements Massage studios, there are 120 providers, and providers also work out of three churches. The future is also tied to hospitals – Denver Health, Memorial Health in Colorado Springs and UC Health. There were 500 sessions last year in Anschutz Cancer Center. Featured speaker Sydney Collier praised Life-Spark’s energy healing therapies as something that made her find her purpose. LifeSpark doesn’t charge for its services. “The givers are angels of mercy and a source of comfort.” She said that she recognized four things from the Reiki treatments: intense heat, great sleep, a release so she could breathe easier and encouragement. “I am thriving, not just surviving!” For further information: www.LifeSparkNow.org.
Ruth Muhr from major sponsor Tri -County Self Storage, a past president and one of the original founde
Some of the 130 providers from Elements Massage studios Shala Steffes, Julie Krauth, Forrest Burdue, Jessica Palmer, and Trent Erway with Executive Director Sandy Priester (second from left)
Lynne Langdon and Mimi de Vigil
While his video was onscreen, GT4 American Championship auto racer Mark Clenin was called in California to talk about his comprehensive VIP package auction item to a race of choice. His car even includes a LifeSpark logo and his wife Jamie is a cancer survivor.
Lee Sanders and LaFawn Biddle. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
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