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Rock the GazBar Raises $16G for Healing Garden

December 19, 2018 GMT

HARVARD -- Margaret Koch, executive director of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center (The Healing Garden), the region’s premiere provider of integrative oncology care located on 8 acres of woodland, announced a $16,000 donation from Leominster’s GazBar.

All funds were raised from the Fifth Annual Rock the GazBar 5K event which took place on October.

Created by GazBar owner Erica Grinkis, the Rock the GazBar 5K has grown into an annual event hosting over 300 participants, all putting in the miles to support services for those suffering with cancer.

“We are thrilled to support The Healing Garden as the sole beneficiary of this year’s Rock the GazBar fundraiser,” said Grinkis. “My aunt Maryann’s experience with breast cancer several years ago inspired us to create a fundraiser that would both raise awareness about cancer and have a direct impact on those who are affected.”


Grinkis said she learned about the multiple mind-body services offered at The Healing Garden for men and women with cancer and knew this was exactly the kind of organization she wanted to help.

“We know these funds will help bring healing to individuals who are seeking compassionate support and help during cancer treatment,” she said.

Koch thanked the Gazbar for the contribution.

“We are so grateful to the GazBar for this generous donation,” said Koch. “This funding will help us offer individualized guidance and cancer support programs at low cost or free to patients, their families and caregivers during the most difficult times before, during and after cancer treatment. We thank Erica, her staff, and all of the wonderful runners and volunteers for going the distance in support of our mission.”

For almost 25 years The Healing Garden’s goal has been to optimize the quality of life for all those who are affected by cancer -- men, women, and their caregivers -- regardless of cancer type, prognosis, or financial ability to pay for services.

The Healing Garden offers multiple services from fitness and wellness classes to healing therapies including acupuncture and oncology massage, many offered free of charge. The Healing Garden services clients from over 165 communities across Massachusetts.

For information about The Healing Garden’s mind-body support services, call 978-456-3532 or visit www.healinggardensupport.org .