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  The Awareness Option® Foundation, Inc.
It is the mission of The Awareness Option Foundation to be a catalyst for improving the health and quality of life of people from all cutural backgrounds who are economically, socially or physically challenged, or who suffer from chronic illness. Committed to holistic healing, the Foundation underwrites programs and develops community partnerships which support experience-based health education opportunities.

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August 21, 2006   

Dear TAO Foundation

Greetings! I hope your summer has been fun and your life is joyful. This is the Director’s Letter for the third quarter of 2006.

I am pleased to report that in response to the letter sent out by Kim Lajoie, Chairperson for Membership, 27 new and/or continuing members have sent in their annual dues to join the Foundation. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome each and every one of you and look forward to your support and participation. If you have decided not to send in your annual dues to continue your membership, this will be the last Director’s Letter you will receive. A thank-you note and a CD containing an interview with one of the cancer patients in the pilot project will be sent to all of you who have rejoined and those who are new members.

One minor correction concerns the information in the above letter. Sometime ago Mary Ellen had decided to use her full name and add MSNH as a result of completing her Master’s Degree in Natural Health. This was not indicated on the letterhead and will be in future communications. Mary Ellen is one of our most valued IA teachers and Board Members, and we want to congratulate and honor her for her accomplishments.

The major activity in this quarter is the project funded by a $5,000 grant from The Symington Foundation. This started on July 28th with 27 women in various stages of treatment for breast cancer. Six of these initial participants have dropped out because of hospitalization for serious side effects before they could start the program. The first week of table sessions went smoothly. One concern our participants unanimously expressed was the anxiety around not quite knowing what they were getting into. One even said “I wondered if you were going to serve me for dinner when you offered table sessions”! The second week of sessions went very well and the team offering the sessions began to see significant changes as the guests were interviewed and completed their feedback forms required in such a project. The workshop was better than ever with 28 people in attendance. These included the participants and their caregivers as well as interested Salt Lake City community members. As a result, husbands, children, and/or close friends were able to realize the benefits offered by this type of event. Toby Symington of the Symington Foundation made his site visit during this second week. With the agreement of the table guest, he observed four table sessions and also attended the one-day workshop. I took him to the Utah Cancer Specialists Clinic for a tour and he met Dr. Graydon Harker. Following all of these activities, I can report to you that Mr. Symington was most enthusiastic and openly expressive about the vulnerability, compassion and high level of skills demonstrated by the team providing the table sessions. This team consisted of five highly-trained energy workers which included three certified IA Teachers and two of my colleagues. He also was delighted with the workshop, observing some remarkable benefits for the participants as he talked to them at the end of the day. I am happy to tell you he assured me that he felt the funds were being used in the highest ethical and productive manner and he was extremely pleased with what he witnessed The post-tests will be completed the week of September 2nd and this project will be finished on September 15. Thereafter, Geoffrey and I will begin the lengthy and detailed process of analyzing the results and writing the papers for publication.

Ideas for new projects are surfacing rapidly. A few possibilities include autism, fibromyalgia, and cancer patients dealing with life after treatment.

Thank you so much for your support in the TAO Foundation. Your enthusiasm and involvement are continuing to enhance the spirit in which the Foundation is growing and expanding.

In love and light,

Jan Cendese, LCSW, LMT, Certified IA Teacher, APP
Executive Director




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