Helping Madi: Massage Therapy Students Give Back

Posted by on November 22, 2013

Recently, Celina McKenzie’s massage therapy program students gave chair massages to raise funds for Madisyn Mevissen, a 9 year-old girl from Andover, Minn., who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a motor neuron disease which is a form of muscular dystrophy. McKenzie learned about the opportunity to help Madi through Minnesota School of Business-Elk River‘s Dean of Faculty Megan Youngs. McKenzie felt that it was a great opportunity for the students to utilize their massage therapy skills and abilities in a big way. 

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Massage therapy program students Alythia Scully, Dawn VantHof, and Angella Hoglund shared their talents with 15 people at Madi’s fundraiser, which helped raise funds to pay for a handicap accessible home. McKenzie also donated an aromatherapy basket to the silent auction. Ever since Madi was diagnosed with SMA at nine months old, her family has been working hard to raise money to assist with her needs as well as raise awareness about the disease.

“Donating a little time is the easiest way to help others,” said Scully. “I felt my time went twice as far because it generated both money and comfort for those donating to Madisyn.”

Many students in the massage therapy program choose to become massage therapists because they want to help others. They are aware of and believe in the benefits that massage can offer people with a variety of needs. Opportunities such as this provide the students with a chance to shine and do what they love.

According to McKenzie, “Our students are requested for many reasons, but events like these hold more meaning for all involved.”

For more information about ways massage therapy program students give back, contact college admissions or call us toll-free at 1-877-655-7676.

If you’d like to learn more about SMA, go to If you’d like to help Madi, check out her Facebook page: Team Madisyn or go to:

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