The Floating Hospital is the newest local site for Kids Kicking Cancer, a program that helps pediatric cancer patients control pain via martial arts techniques. Siblings are invited to join in as the youngsters work on breathing, meditation, and mental focus—essential parts of martial arts practice that provide relief, according to clinical research. “They are letting pain know you do not have to listen to it,” said Rob Brockman, A84, the Boston-area coordinator for the volunteer organization. “They are breathing in the light, and blowing out the darkness.”

A pediatric patient

Five-year-old Dalton learns karate techniques.


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