(L to R) Chris, Brittney, Edie, Ronnie, Tiffany
Location: Vision Meeting at The Hidden Porch, Catoosa.
Our Founder, Edie Tolbert, is a breast cancer survivor of 11 years. Diagnosed in 2008 with Stage 0 DCIS, she opted for a single mastectomy and reconstruction. Her sentinel node tested negative for cancer and, therefore, neither chemo nor radiation were warranted. Because of the overwhelming support she received, she wanted to find a way to give back. After opening Stonebrook Day Spa in 2010, she provided one complementary massage to both breast cancer patients as well as survivors. She was a participant in the SGK Race for the Cure, Tulsa in 2009 and 2010 and her employees wanted to be involved as well. Stonebrook Day Spa joined the survivor breakfast celebration in 2011 where they handed out complementary massage coupons for six years. Edie was also featured in the Survivor Magazine Tulsa in 2016.
In order to further meet the growing needs of cancer patients, Edie launched The Stonebrook Project (TSP) in November of 2017. In our first year as a nonprofit, our 2018 goal was to serve cancer patients with 175 complementary oncology massage services; in fact, we provided 490 services. In 2019, we provided 829 complementary oncology massage services to cancer patients and currently have 224 cancer clients at two local day spas. We logged 701 hours offsite at Cancer Treatment Center of America and Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute, both within the Tulsa Metro Area.
The mission of The Stonebrook Project is to “make a difference until there is a cure.” When having a cancer diagnoses, fear, stress and anxiety can become overwhelming. Oncology Massage Therapy is based both on compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their cancer experience. Oncology Massage Therapy is a modified treatment according to the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical, psycho-social and emotional consequences of cancer.
Our massage therapists are not only licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology but are certified in Oncology Massage Therapy. With their expertise in the principles of chemotherapy, radiation, naturopathic methods of treatment and Oncology Massage Therapy they provide a patient with a thorough care plan for relief of pain, anxiety, stress and fear while navigating a patient’s way through treatment.
Oncology Massage Therapy has benefits which include improved relaxation, sleep and immune function as well as reducing nausea. With these benefits, cancer patients have the strength to move through treatment and heal.