NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Martial arts are helping young cancer patients face the challenges of treatment.
When you're faced with the biggest challenge of your life you push to find deeper strength within. When you're faced with that hardship and you're only 6 years old like Lilly, others help guide you to that place of peace.
In its 17th year, Rabbi G's Kids Kicking Cancer organization in Vahalla, New York, has helped more than 3,000 kids in 41 organizations around the world kick cancer by teaching them mind and body techniques found in martial arts. And according to Wayne State University School of Medicine, Rabbi G's breath brake technique works, seeing an 85 percent reduction rate of pain for children who use this method.
That has changed Lilly's life. Just a few months into being 6 years old, Lilly spends her days at the Ronald McDonald House in the Hudson Valley. Diagnosed in December with leukemia, she has been practicing martial arts with Sensei Peter twice a week. Regarded as a miracle practice, Lilly's mother, Ima, says this program is a gift.
Kids with cancer are inspiring the world, one punch, kick and karate chop at a time.