On Saturday evening October 24, our very own Lillian Anderson attended the Arthritis Foundation’s 7th Annual “Bone Bash” in Seattle.
This Halloween-themed fundraiser (complete with costumes of course!) helps raise awareness about the prevalence and seriousness of arthritis, while raising funds to support research, Kids’ Camps, and other public health/educational programs.
During the event, the Foundation paused for a moment to honor two members of the local community who had gone above and beyond to support the organization during the past year, including an award to Wells Fargo, and an award to the Massage Envy Shoreline location (owned by Lillian, pictured at right with Edna Christenson from the Massage Envy Everett and Bellingham locations on the left, and Mary Weaver in the middle, who is the wife of Scott Weaver, the Director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Great West chapter).
Lillian’s two Massage Envy franchises (located in Shoreline and at Northgate Mall) are regular participants in the annual “Healing Hands for Arthritis” fundraiser coordinated by Massage Envy corporate, in which $10 from each one-hour massage or facial is donated to the Arthritis Foundation.
For the past two years, Lillian’s Shoreline location collected the most donations in the Northwest region, raising over $5000 in 2015 and $4,680 in 2014.
However Lillian and her staff at the Shoreline and Northgate Massage Envy locations weren’t satisfied with just monetary donations. They decided to take it a step further… encouraging their member clients to donate one of their routine monthly massages to the Arthritis Foundation. This resulted in over 180 donated massage sessions being offered to anyone with arthritis or their caregiver.
Says Lillian, “The Arthritis Foundation holds a special place in my heart. My mom has lived with debilitating arthritis for over 20 years; I understand first-hand the benefits of massage for someone who suffers from this disease—both as a massage therapist and as a daughter. It is always a joy to help our local Foundation.”
All photos (except the photo of Lillian and friends) courtesy of the Bone Bash Facebook page.