LiveWell Therapy, Inc. supports youth in local JUMP clubs.

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This Saturday, April 29, 300 aspiring young health professionals from 12 area JUMP clubs will test their medical knowledge and skills sets in the first ever JUMP* Spring Showdown at Chino Hills High School. This all-day event, will feature 20 individual competitions in categories such as medical drawing, medical math, HOSA bowl, JUMPardy, athletic tape blitz, medical lyrics, service learning, medical spelling bee, and many more.  The upcoming event caught the attention of Patricia Chan, licensed clinical social worker and owner of LiveWell Therapy in Chino Hills, CA.  When she learned how the JUMP club program inspires young people to pursue a career in health and serve in their communities, she immediately wanted to be a part of it. Through LiveWell Therapy's generous donation of $2,500, IHPC JUMP clubs will continue to provide programming for 7th and 8th graders in a health pathway. When asked what prompted her to donate, she had to stop and actually process the question. To her, she said, the gift if giving is innate. Patricia shares her story in her own words:

Growing up, life was not easy. My family was one of the “Vietnamese boat people” – refugees who had to escape from the humanitarian crisis in 1977. We were rescued by the US Navy and stayed in various camps living on dry sardines and cold rice. Even now vivid images of our extreme suffering stay with me but despite the many challenges we endured, we were also shown tremendous and unconditional giving. We were “adopted” by a family in Minnesota, and, after surviving the journey here, eventually began a new life in California. We certainly didn’t live in the best neighborhoods but were grateful for the abundant support shown us through non-profit organizations like yours. After-school programs gave me a safer place to hang out and I learned basic life skills while my parents took parenting classes which taught them how to raise me in a healthy way. Government programs and social services helped keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. To me and my family this unconditional giving from so many sources was truly a gift. In my preteen years (about the same age as your JUMP students), I had to go to work in a sweat shop that paid me just a few pennies for each dress that I cut. I knew I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life so I enrolled in ROP classes which, coupled with my own life story, helped me realize that I wanted a career where I could give to others what had so generously been given to me and my family. I chose to become a licensed social worker and, with assistance from private and government programs began college at UCI. I completed my degree from USC and eventually, opened LiveWell Therapy, Inc. here in Chino Hills.
As I reflect back, I have so much gratitude for what I call the “gift of unconditional giving” that I received. Life, despite its ups and down is more than just living, working or raising my two children as a single mom. My mission is to breathe deeply, take in, and appreciate every aspect of my life. People often take things for granted but we have to ask ourselves, “what if we didn’t have the things we need?” Giving to those who are less fortunate shows that you are grateful for what you have and want to make sure that their needs are met as well. Often times even the smallest things can make the biggest change in someone’s life. When we give unconditionally in any way – a donation, providing leadership, or mentoring a young person who wants to have a career one day, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! The return outweighs the price of admission in building a healthy tomorrow.

Patricia Chan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an advocate of change. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in psychology and is a former adjunct lecturer in the graduate school of social work at USC.  She is the founder of LiveWell Therapy in Chino Hills and practices counseling.

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*Junior Upcoming Medical Professionals Club is for youth in junior high school who are interested in a career in the medical field. JUMP is an affiliate of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).