Liliana Cunningham died on February 4, 2011 after battling cancer for almost two years. She maintained her interest, love and enthusiasm for the work of Casa Besu until the end. It was one of the great joys of her life to have been able to help bring alternative healthcare to people of limited resources, first in Panama at Portobelo and most recently in the United States through the Navajo Healthcare Project in Crystal, New Mexico. Her husband Bill and the other members of the board of Casa Besu intend to continue to support these projects and help fulfill her dreams. May she rest in peace.
BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
We are so grateful for the support which has enabled the establishment of a consistent therapeutic presence in Portobelo, Panama through visiting therapists but most recently through native therapists who have been trained through the generosity of your donations. For some time we have dreamed of taking the Casa BESU concept elsewhere - now we have that opportunity.
One of the key visiting therapists in Portobelo was Miranda Warburton. She is co-director of the Six Harmonies Traditional Medicine Center in Los Gatos, California. She was also for many years an anthropologist working for the Navajo Nation. She and her business partner Jennifer Minor had the dream of taking alternative medicine to the disadvantaged people of the Navajo Nation. Now that dream is becoming a reality.
When Miranda told us of this project, we knew that this was the golden opportunity to support a Casa BESU type project within the continental United States. Thus we are pleased and proud to be co-sponsors of the Six Harmonies Navajo Healthcare Project.
You will find more details on the page named NAVAJO PROJECT, but here is a summary of some key points.
Casa BESU Inc. a 501c3 not for profit corporation, will offer financial support the project as well as provide a vehicle for tax deductible contributions for the funding of the on-going Navajo Healthcare Project.
Project Site: Crystal, New Mexico
Crystal, NM is located in the heart of the Navajo Nation approximately 30 miles northeast of Window Rock, AZ, the Navajo Nation capital.
1st Navajo Healthcare Project Program, completed in October 2010:
• Four therapists treated 66 patients over four days. We were hosted by the Begay family to whom we are grateful for their hospitality and help. We treated, for free, anyone in the community who was in need of care, with a combination of our modalities, primarily TCM and CST.
2nd Navajo Healthcare Project Program, completed in April 2011:
• Six therapists were able to treat 96 patients in 4 days in spite of rain, hail, high winds, and snow storms. A lot of the people were between 75 and 90 years old. We treated a vast array of conditions many of them structurally related - trying to "fix up" folks so they could basically get back to work or for the elderly continue to walk, see, and do basic chores.
3rd Navajo Healthcare Project Program, planned for October 2011:
Please help us continue this good work through your contributions and financial support.
How to Support the Program:
Of course, first and foremost, we need money. Use the NAVAJO PROJECT DONATIONS button on the sidebar of this page to make a tax deductible donation
Beyond that we welcome necessary supplies, such as basic first aid and acupuncture supplies (patent formulas, acupuncture needles, etc.). Please contact us at www.6Harmonies.com with questions, suggestions and concerns.
One thing that we can add in terms of buying supplies etc. is that we are now on Amazon Wishlist. So people should just go to Amazon.com then on the upper right hand side, click on Wishlist, and then do a search for Six Harmonies - and there is a whole list of things that folks can buy.
Please mention this project to your friends and others who might be interested in supporting this venture to bring complementary healthcare to Navajo people of limited economic resources.
JAMES KNIGHT SCHOLARSHIP FUND
James Knight, husband, father, grandfather died on July 4, 2011. Here is a note from his family:
Our dad was a special and dear man and we were blessed to have him as a father. It gave us joy to see his spirit lift while surrounded by his grandchildren; they meant the world to him.
In his name the James Knight Scholarship Fund had been established to provide CranioSacral treatments to help children with disabilities or children in need. Donations made be made through the Casa Besu website - please indicate that the contribution is specifically for the James Knight Scholarship Fund
James’ grandson Cruz Chacon continues to benefit from CranioSacral treatments given by Miranda Warburton and Jennifer Minor of Six Harmonies Traditional Medicine Center. Cruz was born with a rare syndrome that caused developmental delays and numerous health problems. Once he had been referred to Miranda and Jennifer it changed Cruz’s life course. He was no longer rushed to emergency and spent less time at the doctor’s office. His parents and grandparents spent less time worrying about Cruz and were finally able to focus on enjoying the wonderful gift he is. In James’ memory we would like to help other parents and grandparents in similar circumstances.