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Lucy's Love Bus

In Sanskrit the word seva means service. Seva is an integral aspect of many mystical traditions around the world. Each year BlessFest is committed to provide seva to a pressing cause/s or population in need. We see it as an imperative aspect and integral piece of BlessFest’s devotion throughout the event and beyond. We are excited to both share proceeds from our profits and create community involvement during the event that will provide support on multiple levels. 

In 2020 we are thrilled to be giving seva to

LUCY'S LOVE BUS 

an organization that offers free integrative therapies to children and young adults with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses throughout New England. Lucy’s Love Bus was founded to improve the quality of life for these children through integrative therapies like massage, meditation, acupuncture, music therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding. As we know, the power of these therapies to ease children’s pain and anxiety during and after traditional medical treatments is infinite, but also financially out of reach for most.

Lucy’s Love Bus was founded by 11-year-old Lucy Grogan, who was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2002. During four years of cancer treatment, Lucy found relief from intense pain and anxiety through therapies such as massage, Reiki, meditation, acupuncture, music therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding. Lucy was distressed to learn that integrative therapies were not covered by insurance, and were therefore not accessible to her peers in the hospital. She decided that when she was “done” with cancer, she would make sure that sick children could have access to free integrative therapies to manage the debilitating side effects of medical treatments. Unfortunately, Lucy did not survive her ordeal with cancer, but her beautiful dream did.

We ask that you join us this year in seva to support the life-changing gift that Lucy’s Love Bus provides to ease suffering and uplift minds, bodies and spirits. Lucy herself felt and understood the power of sacred arts and holistic therapy, the BlessFest community understands this transformative power first-hand. 

 

Here are some of the ways that you can help serve as part of this seva:

  • Donate to Lucy's Love when you register for BlessFest

  • If you are an integrative therapist/practitioner that qualifies you can apply to be one of Lucy's Love bus providers

  • Host a fundraising yoga class pre/post BlessFest for Lucy's Love Bus

  • Visit the Love Bus in our vendor circle:

    • Make a mala bracelet and provide a blessing or mantra for a Lucy's Love Bus child

    • Write a letter of encouragement to a Lucy's Love Bus child 

“When you look at the sick children follow them to the place they can speak to you in. Notice their bodies are two things, love and illness, and help them remember the love and not the sickness. The Healing is [in] knowing who you were, not what you might be.”

- Lucy Grogan, age 12

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