Life West supports Valentine’s dance for those affected by disabilities
On February 13, 2015, the San Leandro-based Creekside Community Church hosted the 10th annual Valentine’s Dance for teens and adults affected by a disability. This event was selected by Life Chiropractic College West students as an opportunity for the student body to engage in a community service project.
32 Life West students attended and helped in several ways including greeting guests and providing dancing partners for attendees. Over 400 people attended the dance and enjoyed a special meal, a night filled with dancing and great company. Students reported back to the organizer how pleased they were to have participated in this project. One volunteer called the project “the best dance party of the year.”
“Life West was called upon over 10 years ago to participate in this dance. The beautiful thing about this project is that when Life West representatives graduate, another student steps up and takes their place to make sure the tradition continues,” said Stephanie Barbakoff, student organizer and President of the League of Chiropractic Women, Life West Chapter.
The point of this service is two-fold: One is to assist the church with support needed for this annual project that is organized by Kathy Greer. The other is to send a message to the community that Life West and the chiropractic community values serving others.
“One memorable moment from this year’s dance was with a lovely girl named Antonietta. She had hurt her back dancing. She was very upset because she wanted to keep dancing. I saw her crying and went over to cheer her up. I taught her some breathing techniques to calm her down. After a few minutes with her, she decided that she couldn’t dance anymore and would head home. I was proud of her for knowing not to push herself too hard. She hugged me and said, “I love you” and I told her I love her too. It is times like this that I know I’m on the right track in becoming a chiropractor. In a few short months, I will be able to see patients and take care of people in pain like my new friend, Antonietta,” added Barbakoff.
For more information on this project or the church, please visit them online at www.creeksidecommunity.org.