Horse Programs for People with Cancer: High Hopes Cancer Survivorship Program

We have all, one way or another, been touched by the awful disease that is cancer. This is why Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has partnered with the St. Charles Cancer Center to offer "High Hopes", a survivorship support program tailored to the individual needs of people in our community living with and beyond diagnoses. Individuals in active medical treatment and up to one year post-treatment are eligible for services and no previous horse experience is necessary. Our mutual goal is to offer horse-centered therapy as part of the continuum of care to empower cancer survivors and their families by supporting emotional and mental health recovery in a safe, healthy, alternative learning environment.

"At first I thought 4th Stage Mastetic Breast Cancer was an end. But for me, it is truly a new beginning. After my initial diagnosis and treatments in 2004, remission gave me the opportunity to consider finding a way to give back to my community. I have loved and owned horses all of my life and my dream was to start a therapeutic riding center. Circumstances necessitated a move for my family from the east coast to Bend in 2006. We had been here for six years when I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. This past Christmas my sister-in-law gave me a gift that would change my life in a profound way. She signed me up for "High Hopes", and now instead of running a program I am a rider in one!

Riding "Splash" has given me a purpose in life and I cannot say enough about this program. It is something I truly look forward to each week; an hour that is just for me and my hour to block out my illness, to live in the moment, and to dream of the future. The Healing Reins staff is great and I want to thank Cindy, my amazing instructor for helping me through such a difficult time in my life in such an exhilarating way" - Karen P.

* If you, or someone you know, would like to be referred to our “High Hopes” program for services, please contact:
Marlys Johnson
Survivorship Coordinator
St. Charles Cancer Center
(541) 706-3754
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