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  • Honolulu Massage Therapy Students Volunteer at Legacy of Life Hawai'i Donor Remembrance Ceremony


    Each year, friends and families gather to remember Hawaii's organ, tissue, and eye donors at the annual Donor Recognition Ceremony hosted by Legacy of Life Hawai'i.

    For Remington College Massage Therapy students and graduates, the 2011 luncheon served as an opportunity to give back to the local community and honor the memories of loved ones who lost their lives but were able to benefit others.

    Remington College's involvement started when Honolulu Career Service Department was introduced to the Family Services Coordinator for Legacy of Life Hawai'i, Mari Kanemura, through their contact at ILomi Massage. Always eager to work with the Oahu community, Career Services personnel suggested that Massage Therapy students provide chair and table massages to the friends and families of donors.

    More than 100 people attended the luncheon held on April 9, 2011, at the Ko'olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe. Six massage therapy students and five graduates performed about 40 massages at the donor recognition ceremony. Providing comfort through massage gave students an opportunity to practice their skills and techniques in a selfless act.

    Career Services Personnel in Honolulu Plan to Continue the Partnership

    When asked if Remington College would volunteer to work with Legacy of Life Hawai'i again, Career Services Job Development Specialist Paolo Delacruz stated, "Absolutely. Participating in an emotional event like the Donor Recognition Ceremony allowed our students and graduates to give back to their community, provide comfort through massage, interact with local businesses, and receive training above and beyond what they can learn in class."

    Honolulu Massage Therapy Graduates Give Back to Their Community

    One of the highlights of the annual Donor Recognition Ceremony is the Monarch Butterfly Release, which allows each family to release a butterfly in remembrance of their loved one. The released butterflies symbolize the release of the spirit and the transforming gift of donation.

    The Massage Therapy graduates who helped to ensure that the 2011 Donor Recognition Ceremony combined both physical healing techniques with the emotional healing opportunity provided through the butterfly release were:

    • Jarett Cruz
    • Kimberly Mapanao
    • Karen Pierre-Louis
    • Gilbert Higa
    • Robert Rider
    • Desire Gandule

    The experience proved to be inspiring and educational for all of the Remington College graduates and staff in attendance.