December 9, 2015

Boulder Community Hospital Donation

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When I launched the George Karl Foundation nearly two years ago, I envisioned raising money for hospitals and organizations that went above and beyond to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families.

Boulder Community Hospital certainly fits that description.

That’s why I was thrilled and honored to present a $15,000 check from the George Karl Foundation to the hospital’s Center for Integrative Care this week. The center provides services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, manual lymph drainage and wellness and integrative care consultation.

These services aren’t covered by standard health insurance policies, which I think is absolutely mindboggling. When integrated with conventional cancer care, they have been clinically demonstrated to accelerate the recovery process, shorten hospital stays and reduce the need for pain medications.

Equally important, integrative care helps reduce the stress and anxiety of the patient, which I believe is a very underrated part of the treatment plan when trying to kick cancer’s butt.

I’ve been down the road to recovery twice. I know firsthand the difference integrative care can make.

So thank you, Boulder Community Hospital. Thank you, Celestial Seasonings, the force behind the annual B Strong Ride that celebrates cancer survivors while raising money to help cancer patients navigate the path to becoming survivors themselves.

– Coach Karl