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Kids breathe life into fight against cancer

November 14, 2012

The instructors leading the free Breath Brake seminar Thursday evening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be an unexpected bunch - they are all kids fighting cancer. But what they have to teach can help anyone, says Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, head of the nonprofit Kids Kicking Cancer. Kids Kicking Cancer teaches its young charges focused breathing techniques that help reduce both pain and stress, each of which can undermine recovery. "We explain that as martial artists the children can bring in this powerful energy with their breath and blow out the darkness of pain, fear and anger," says Goldberg, who's also a professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University's School of Medicine.