Cancer Survivors Sought for Equine Therapeutic Program
MILFORD - GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center of Milford, PA is looking for cancer survivors to participate in LEEP-Let Equines Empower People. The goal of the program is to serve the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients, survivors and family members and improve their health and overall quality of life, in a safe, non-threatening environment. Scientific research indicates that equine therapy and physical activity have positive effects on reducing anxiety and depression and improving overall wellness. The program serves survivors of all types of cancer though the survivor’s lifetime.
Khalid Almasloukh, a doctoral student at Binghamton University, has partnered with GAIT to help study the effects of equine therapy on cancer survivors. An international nursing student, Almasloukh became interested in equine therapy when he decided to take up horseback riding as a hobby. He started as a volunteer and became a therapeutic riding instructor in 2016.
LEEP participants engage in activities such as therapeutic riding, grooming leading, observation, meditation and yoga. Each eight week session is free to cancer patients, survivors and their families who are welcome to accompany them. Mounted activities will require medical clearance from a doctor. Unmounted activities do not require clearance. Please contact GAIT TRC for a personal evaluation by calling 570-409-1140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org