GAINESVILLE- A group in Gainesville that works with kids who are battling cancer and other illnesses is trying to raise money for their cause. The organization "Kids Kicking Cancer" held a benefit concert Sunday afternoon to help fund their programs. Their classes teach kids with serious illnesses how to deal with their pain using martial arts exercises. Kids learn breathing, relaxation, and meditation techniques that are designed to lower pain and stress.
"It defines a lot of their time at the hospital so much else of it they're just dealing with meds and doctors and nurses, who are just trying to give them the care they need, but it's all just them getting done stuff to them and this is something that they can do to have fun and take control of their own pain and their own bodies so it really means a lot to many of them," said Andrew Hix who is the head instructor for Gainesville’s Kids Kicking Cancer.
The program is free to all kids at UF Health Shands or any children outside the hospital who suffer from chronic pain.
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