Donna Karan and the Urban Zen Foundation
Fashion designer Donna Karan is renowned for the serene harmony of her attire, its sleek components blending into a seamless whole. As a philanthropist, she envisions bringing a new level of harmony to patient care.
Her charitable organization, the Urban Zen Foundation, has collaborated with experts in Asian healing traditions to create a model of patient-centric, integrative care that blends such practices as yoga, acupuncture and meditation within the mainstream treatment regimen of an American clinical setting.
While caring for her husband throughout his years of treatment for lung cancer, the designer appreciated the effectiveness of medicine based on state-of-the-art science but observed the tendency of practitioners to treat the disease rather than the patient.
Donna Karan’s foundation developed its Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, which brings together western and eastern approaches to healing within a collaborative model that engages the patient, family, clinicians and hospital staff.
The initiative includes a rigorous training program that certifies integrative therapists who may work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, support groups, and private practice, as well as in nursing and medical schools. The program has already been adopted in a variety of clinical settings, empowering patients to work in harmony with clinicians to lessen suffering and promote healing throughout the treatment process.
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Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.