Thank you for reviewing my project The Create to Heal (TM) mobile and tablet app for cancer patients. I also thank you with all my heart if you decide to make a financial contribution and forward this project link on to your network of friends, family and colleagues.
Stress has a major affect on the inflammation levels in the body and the weakening of the immune system, which leads to disease. Dr. George Slavich, UCLA, tells us through his research that stress contributes to the 6 major diseases "that account for 75% of all medical costs or $2 trillion. These diseases ... Cancer, (Breast Cancer specifically,) Heart Disease, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Depression, and Obesity ... contribute to 7 out of 10 deaths in this country." Dr. George Slavich, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry, UCLA.
For a number of years now, I have been teaching my special brand of creativity to cancer patients, domestic violence survivors and women in crisis and have witnessed the healing power of creativity. I use music, guided meditation, art, color, creative writing techniques and other forms of art tools (clay, canvas, hand-made paper for example) to encourage the participant to "get out of their heads and into their hearts" where they can begin to heal. One of the core benefits of my Create To Heal classes, originally called Write to Heal, is stress reduction. I often receive the following patient feedback: "This class gives me great peace and joy. I am much calmer, more relaxed." I also give patients the tools to continue their creative therapy and stress reduction at home, at work, wherever they are.
I have also witnessed the power of technology (ipods, ipads, tablets, smart phones) in cancer patients' lives - they use their devices to "tune out" of the chemo process, while waiting for test results, and before and after surgery. Create to Heal Mobile App will bring the guided meditations, music, art and animation of my class directly to them during these stressful circumstances, allowing them to relax, tune out and tune in to their creativity. The app will also have the ability to be used on televisions, which most hospitals have in-room.
To date, no one has developed such an app, therefore, we have a wonderful opportunity to pioneer cancer patient care - and ultimately, other patient care, since the app will be applicable to other stress induced diseases, pain management and the stress from everyday life.
I started The Women with Wings Foundation to teach others, including health care professionals, my "Enlightened Listening Method" of stress reduction. The Create to Heal(TM) Mobile app will be a part of this program and will offer hospitals and wellness centers the opportunity to "white label" the app for patient use. Since the app is free to all patients and their families, the revenue stream will come from major corporate donations and hospitals that pay a licensing fee for the material and the app. All revenue goes directly to The Women with Wings Foundation and my work with cancer patients, their families and other health care professionals.
Please know that your contribution of any amount will go a long way toward funding this project and getting the Create to Heal program out to many. You will be helping me pioneer the use of today’s technology in patient care.
Sincerely, Patricia Varga,
Founder and President, The Women with Wings Foundation