When a pediatric patient is fighting through cancer and receiving chemotherapy or radiation there is a pain and sickness component that is not always addressed by conventional medical care. That's where the UNM Center for Life and integrative medicine come in. Through acupuncture, massage, healing touch and other CAM (complementary and alternative medicines) services, the center's care providers are able to assist in ways to support the whole person in their healing process.

But not all of integrative services are paid by the patient’s insurance benefits. So UNM pediatric oncologist Dr. Linda Butros and Center for Life Director of Advanced Manual Therapies, David Lang, are introducing Kids Supporting Kids, an initiative to raise funds for integrative oncology services for children fighting cancer.

Kids Supporting Kids engages the support of community youth organizations through the performing arts, including music, dance, poetry and other creative artwork. The Integrative Pediatric Care Fund helps pay for supportive therapies that insurance won't cover.

On Saturday, March 8, at the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque, Kids Supporting Kids will present "Fly Me to the Moon," a benefit for the Integrative Pediatric Care Fund. The evening will feature performances from the National Dance Institute, Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy and many more.

To find out more or purchase tickets for "Fly Me to the Moon," visit the Center for Life: unmmg.org/clinics/cfl.

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