News from Meghan's Foundation
September 2014

In this Issue:

> Introduction
> Fundraising Event 

> Sponsors
> News

In the news:

Stanford Scholar Helps Veterans Recover from War Trauma

Stanford Report, September 5, 2014

By Clifton B. Parker

Newly published research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala shows how meditation and breathing exercises can help military veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Harvard, Brigham Study: Yoga Eases Veterans PTSD Symptoms

December 8, 2010
Rachel Zimmerman

The words “Department of Defense” and “yoga” aren’t often uttered in the same breath, let alone in a long, conscious, exhale.  But preliminary results from a small study funded by the U.S. Defense Department, and led by a Harvard Medical School assistant professor, found that veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder showed improvement in their symptoms after ten weeks of yoga classes, including meditation and breathing, done twice a week, and fifteen minutes of daily practice at home.

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Iraq Study Shows Yoga Warriors Method Reduces Symptoms of Combat Stress & Potentially PTSD

First Yoga Study Conducted with Deployed Military Personnel; Results to be Published in American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Jan. 15, 2012—Occupational therapy with a focus on yoga could hold the key to reducing the occurrence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A study to be published this month in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy provides evidence that using sensory-enhanced Hatha yoga as a means of occupational therapy is a proactive way of managing combat stress for active duty military personnel.

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to the first edition of Meghan’s Foundation Newsletter. In our Newsletter, we will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it affects our veterans from all wars, who have returned from combat areas throughout the world. Our Newsletter will also keep you updated on how Meghan’s Foundation is fulfilling its mission of helping veterans mitigate some of the harmful symptoms of PTSD through yoga and meditation.

For additional information you can always visit our website and our blog, and check out the list of our current veterans classes. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you are interested in volunteering to assist us in our efforts, please sign up here to join our ranks.You can also help us by making a donation and promoting our cause by sharing this Newsletter with your friends and family.

Thank you for your support of Meghan’s Foundation and for continuing to help us achieve our goal of helping veterans who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD.

Thom Shortt

President & COB

Meghan’s Foundation


Run for Awareness

On July 4, 2014, Meghan’s Foundation board member, Holly Barbera Freed, and her sister, Courtney Barbera, ran the Revolutionary Run at Washington Crossing Park, PA, to raise awareness and support for Meghan’s Foundation.

The sisters’ desire to help Meghan’s Foundation arises from the fact that their father and other family members served in the United States armed forces. Holly also has experienced the benefits of yoga and meditation, which have helped her understand the power of one’s own breath, mind, and body to move past traumatic life experiences, face life’s routine stressors, and live with more peace and gratitude in the present.
In the weeks leading up to the race, Holly and Courtney created an online fundraising page at CrowdRise. They asked friends, family, colleagues, and supporters of Meghan’s Foundation to support their running efforts by making a donation. The sisters’ original fundraising goal was $2,500. In addition, as part of a Veterans Charity Challenge, Holly and Courtney’s fundraiser was competing with other veterans-related charities for bonus prizes from Craigconnects, a foundation launched by the founder of Craigslist. Ultimately, 92 donors gave amounts totaling $8,360—including an amazing $1,000 donation from the Central Jersey Code Officials Association. The fundraiser also won a $2,000 bonus prize from Craigconnects, bringing the total amount raised to over $10,000.
When race day arrived, Foundation President Thom Shortt and his wife, Maureen, were there with encouragement. While they ran, Courtney and Holly were grateful for the generous response by so many people who helped Meghan’s Foundation. They could not think of a better way to celebrate our country’s independence: helping a cause that helps veterans who risked everything to protect it.
The money generated from the fundraiser will help support two yoga and meditation programs for veterans for an entire year. Thank you to all who made this possible!

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