Living Magazine Winter Living Magazine 2015/2016 - Page 6

FOR THE COMMUNITY The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ does humanitarian work all over the world, including in the foundation’s own backyard. Giving new service opportunities to Wellness Advocates and employees alike, the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation donated time and money to two different local projects in August and October of 2015. ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL The Now I Can Foundation in Provo, Utah, provides intensive therapy for kids with various issues from cerebral palsy to brain injuries. Running on grants, insurance, and private donations, this nonprofit charity has created a facility that helps 80 to 100 children a year. The foundation also offers a three-bedroom cottage for families who come from all over the country for treatment to stay in affordable housing while their child is in therapy. Only one thing was missing—a wheelchair-accessible playground for the children and their siblings to enjoy. The playground was a dream of Now I Can founders Joel and Tracey Christensen, whose daughter Colby was born with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. The Now I Can Foundation was born after they took Colby to Poland for more intensive physical therapy than was offered in the U.S. at the time. When the therapists in Poland worked miracles for Colby, the Christensens decided that they wanted to help children in the U.S. have better access to this kind of treatment. To contribute to this worthy cause, the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation donated material and provided volunteers to build the playground for the many children and their families that come to Now I Can. It took two weeks of breaking up concrete, planting grass, and installing special equipment before work was finished. But now, these kids who work so hard at their therapy have a place to relax and simply be kids. 6 / WINTER 2015 LIVING MAGAZINE