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                                                  Cancer Prevention and Control.


The mission of the Ida Mae Center Inc.Our mission is to help improve

cancer survivors, patients, families and friendsquality of life through service that address

the physical, emotional and social challenges of

survivorship through education

wellness programs and dance therapy.









Make a Difference The Ida Mae Center, Cancer Wellness receives operating support

 through the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and businesses.

Donations make it possible to offer our services to cancer survivors members free of charge.

Each and every donation is vital to the Center and more importantly, to those whos lives are

affected by cancer. The Ida Mae Center is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization,

so your donations are tax deductible within the limits of the tax laws.

Make a Difference The Cancer Wellness Center receives operating support through the

generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations, and businesses








Posted by VERNA RICHARDSON on June 1st, 2014

We welcome, families and friends.

My name is Verna Richardson,
I am the owner and visionary of the
IDA MAE CENTER Cancer Wellness in Jacksonville NC 28546

Robert Richardson Sr. had fought a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He is my father In-law and was such a wonderful strong willed man.

I love him so much. He has won the battle and is a survivor in heaven. I am willing to continue to fight this battle of cancer with our wellness therapy program.

I have three wishes:

The first is that cancer as a disease will be cured during my lifetime. The second is that it will be prevented. While these may not be possible, my third wish is that all individuals with cancer receive optimal comprehensive medical and psychosocial care that allows them to maximize their health and wellness.

Cancer affects the mind, the body, the soul, and the emotions. We are committed to help the whole person, not just the disease.

A cancer diagnosis should not be faced alone. Everyone needs information, guidance and support during treatment, recovery or recurrence.

The IDA MAE CENTER INC. Cancer Wellness , We respect the mind-body relationship and believe that quality of life is an essential goal.

Robert Richardson Sr., battled Pancreatic Cancer, seeing that his diagnosis provides an opportunity for personal growth, We all can embrace his words of empowerment.

(I CAN'T COMPLAIN.) IDA MAE CENTER wall of cancer patients and survivors.

We hope that the information that you find here will assist you in supporting our cancer wellness programs.

My family thanks you, in expressing your love, care and concerns. Having good information makes it possible to make good choices. Being active in supporting a cause is good for body, mind and spirit!


Ida Mae Center offers help to those battling cancer
Ida Mae Center

Sisters Verna Richardson and Bernette Mundy place the initials of their late mother Ida Mae under the survivors tree at the Ida Mae Center in Jacksonville .

Photo by John Sudbrink / The Daily News
By Rachel Huber -  
Published: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 09:25 AM.

When Verna Richardsons mother was battling cancer, it was a lonely process filled with uncertainty and fear.

She wanted to make something meaningful come of her mothers death in 1984. Years later, working for the New River fitness center, Richardson started thinking about how she could improve the lives of people touched by cancer with her background in fitness and nutrition.

We watched (our mother) go through her battle with cancer not knowing what to do and how to help her feel better, said Richardson. So I came up with a wellness therapy program so we could help people who were suffering from cancer or survivors just feel better as they are going through their battle or recovery.

Richardson founded the Ida Mae Center, named for her mother, in 2009. The wellness therapy program isnt doctorprescribed medical care that will cure a cancer patient. Instead, its yoga classes, meditation, Zumba and counseling when the individual needs it. Some of the visitors to the Ida Mae Center have never had cancer, but come to get information on preventative measures or to enjoy the exercise and wellness classes. But for the people who do come while in their battle or recovery, the visits are always free.

Bernette Mundy, vice president of the Ida Mae Center and Richardson�s sister, said they try to make the atmosphere warm.

We talk to families about what their loved ones are going through and about stuff that they might be afraid to ask their doctor, said Mundy. The center feels more like a clubhouse than a hospital, she said. Richardson said many patients are also afraid people will judge them in a traditional fitness center setting.

They feel like if they go to a regular fitness center, the eyes are on them because either their hair has fallen out or they just look sickly, said Richardson. At the Ida Mae Center, cancer patients can rest assured that everyone their knows about what they are going through and understands.



Posted by VERNA RICHARDSON on June 5th, 2014

Keonni Gayles Miss Glitter of the Ida Mae Center 2014 Pageant. This six year old is working hard as she raised donations to support the Ida Mae Center in the fight against cancer.

Keonni great grandparents are both cancer survivors.

Help Keonni raise donations to support a great cause. Thank You!




Through our mothers fight, God has given an anointing to her children to make a difference.
Peace of mind to bring into our heart,
Strength to stay strong in hard times,
Will power in life to sustain us through our entire lifetime,
A healing spirit to bring in someones life,
With his glory creating a powerful organization:
The Ida Mae Center, Inc.
Our mother has given us the courage, strength and inspiration to always be our best. We need no voice to do his work; we will use what she has given us all of our lives.
A good heart, peace of mind, great strength, loving power, Gods Glory and Healing Spirit.
With an anointing of making a difference in peoples lives, I am asking you to remember these bells as tokens of the Ida Mae Center Cancer Wellness.
Knowing that she will continue to fight through the IDA MAE CENTER, Ida Maes fight for the cure must live on by creating the Non-Profit 501c3, Tax Exempted, Ida Mae Center Inc. with Cancer Wellness Therapy Programs.
The IDA MAE CENTER Cancer Wellness need your help, we can use your prayers, warm thoughts and positive energy. If you are feeling as if you wish there was something else you can do for the IDA MAE CENTER, Cancer Wellness and Prevention Programs, please feel free to make a donation.

Thank you!
Verna Richardson




Dear Partner,
The purpose of the IDA MAE CENTER INC is to raise awareness about Cancer,to improve the quality of life of Cancer survivors and patients,
Provide services that address the physical, emotional and social challenges of survivorship
through education, wellness programs and dance therapy.
We will help improve cancer survivors quality of life.
With a growing interest in Onslow County the Ida Mae Center Inc. is planning to conduct wellness services that are based on the health, emphasize positive wellness activities that aim to improve the entire cancer patient well being and also reduce health inequities among the population.

Our communities need programs that specifically address the need of wellness health, to help patients heal their bodies.

As a partner of the IDA MAE CENTER INC your role will include providing support with your donations. Your contribution of any amount would greatly help the Ida Mae Center reach its goal in providing service to our community.

Verna Richardson





An extension of GOD’S Passion

…designed to bring us closer to God: building strong bonds among women that will uplift, inspire, celebrate and empower you to become better for yourself, your family, and your community


Discussions on the IDANCE book, pamper parties and more…


Second Saturday of Each Month


Join us for our Monthly Session




Do you love to dance? If you answered  is "yes" 

then IDANCE monthly meet is for you. Whether you are a novice dancer with no experience,

an amateur who thinks they can dance a liturgical dancer or a professional dancer - this group is

for you! The making of this book will guide us through a journey to meet God on the dance floor.

God desires us to know Him in an intimate way. A dance between two people is an intimate

conversation of what is in their hearts.  I invite you to meet God on the dance floor, begin

dancing your prayers and take your worship to a new level through the IDANCE program.









For more information call 910-353-6350

















                             Wellness Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Program

Eating well is essential for good health and for preventing an array of diseases and conditions including cancer. Food has tremendous healing properties, therefore it is important to understand which foods prevent cancer, disrupts its growth, and stops it from spreading to the rest of the body. At the Ida Mae Center we teach you how to use food and nutrients to prevent diseases like cancer from occurring through Wellness Therapy and Functional Nutrition. If cancer should occur, we use evidence-based protocols to help you during cancer treatment and recovery.

Our protocols use specific food and nutrients that address the following:

  • Immune system, detecting and eliminating cancers
  • Detoxification pathways, encouraging the elimination of toxins
  • Inflammation, a known risk factor for developing cancer

your body, which is why we use wellness therapy, food prescriptions and recipes to help your cells behave in the most beneficial way.

Cancer Prevention

It is much simpler to maintain good health than to restore it. Learn how to do so through diet and lifestyle, we combine Functional Nutrition to assess your disease risk, with “food to create an individualized nutrition plan just for you.

For the Cancer Patient

Cancer treatment often causes nutrition-related side effects including altered taste, poor appetite, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Treatment can also impair your gastrointestinal system, especially the good flora and intestinal lining. Many foods can be used to help minimize side effects while others can actually enhance treatment.


Seasons of Survivorship

At the Ida Mae Center, cancer survivorship is recognized as a distinct phase of cancer care. As a patient moves on after treatment he or she is at risk for other medical complications as well as cancer recurrence. Treatment can also cause depletion of nutrients, and disruption of the digestive and hormone systems. Let us join your medical team—we can guide you back to optimal health through Wellness Therapy Programs.


Cancer Prevention and Exercise

The American Cancer Society recommends 30 minutes of physical activity most days. Studies have shown that physical activity can help protect against some cancers, either by balancing caloric intake with energy expenditure, or by other means. Studies have shown that being overweight can lead to an increased risk for cancers of the colon, prostate, endometrium, breast, and kidney. For cancer prevention and for overall healthy living it is wise to develop a daily exercise routine.

We’re bringing health right to your office!

The “Snack Facts Team”, , will visit each department on a monthly basis to provide employees with a variety of free, healthy snack samples, recipe ideas and resources from Meijer’s Healthy Living program.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

If your New Year’s fervor to get healthy is already losing steam, February — National Cancer Prevention Month – is a great time to give yourself a second chance.

American Institute for Cancer Research’s (AICR’s) three Guidelines for Cancer Prevention can help you focus on what’s most important.

1.    Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

2.    Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.

3.    Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

Notice anything about them? Like, for example, how closely the advice for cutting cancer risk resembles advice for preventing other chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes – not to mention for getting in shape?

It’s true: these simple steps offer many different health benefits, and National Cancer Prevention Month is as good a time as any to start putting them into action.

Let’s look at them one at a time:
Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

You already know that limited high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you make an effort to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help fortify your body against cancer?

That’s what AICR’s groundbreaking expert report concluded. The report also found a convincing scientific link between red and processed meats and colon cancer, so it’s a good idea to limit red meat to 18 ounces of lean cuts per week and avoid processed meats like ham, hot dogs, sausage and bacon.

Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.
Remember: Every day – in any way. That means you don’t need a gym membership – you just need to get your heart pumping.

Being physically active for a total of at least 30 minutes a day — whether you’re walking, vacuuming, dancing or scuba diving – will lower your risk for colon cancer and possibly several other cancers as well.

You might need to get more than 30 minutes a day in order to prevent weight gain – which is very important — but you don’t have to do it all at once. Try breaking your activity into several 15 or 20 minute sessions to fit your schedule.

Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.
And what about that goal so many of us seek right after the holidays, a healthy weight?

It’s the third key element that will help protect against chronic disease. In fact, carrying excess weight has been linked to six different types of cancer.

The good news is that once you start following the first two guidelines about diet and physical activity, you’ll find it easier to accomplish this one.

So this month especially, keep these three guidelines in mind and remember: It’s never too early and never too late to start making choices that improve your chances for good health (and good looks!) for 2014 and beyond.
Source: AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research

Look Good...Feel Better

Specifically geared toward women who have been diagnosed with cancer, this class offers tips and suggestions to help you look your best and boost your self-confidence while undergoing treatment. To register, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

Beat Cancer Boot Camp

Beat Cancer Boot Camp is provided through ProHealth Care's affiliated West Wood Health and Fitness Center. It provides a supportive environment for those wishing to stay active during cancer treatment and beyond. The program is designed to:

  • Be effective and challenging
  • Provide options for all fitness levels
  • Combine stretching and strength-training to build stamina needed for daily activities
  • Vary exercise programs to keep each workout fresh and fun

I would like to register for Beat Cancer Boot Camp.

Taking the next step after cancer

Survival tools.
Whether your fight with cancer ended with a clear knockout, or your fight continues to this day and beyond, the Ingalls Survivorship program is a new set of resources to help you minimize cancer’s effect in your life. The Ingalls Survivorship program helps cancer survivors take the next step.

Survivorship resources help you minimize cancer’s effect in your life.

New challenges.
Even as more survivors claim victory over their cancers, they face new challenges. The medications, treatments and surgeries used to treat cancer, and the cancer itself, can have lasting side effects on energy, endurance, balance and strength. Some survivors will encounter emotional challenges, including understanding and accepting the changes to their body or life that came with cancer. These physical and emotional side effects can be managed to ensure that you take the next step from survival to the happy, healthy energetic life you deserve.

Managing future risks.
Cancer survivors are also at greater risk for recurrence or developing secondary cancers as a result of several factors, including the effects of treatment, genetics, risk factors, and unhealthy behaviors like smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. You absolutely can reduce your risk of cancer by adopting a healthier lifestyle. And the Ingalls Survivorship program can encourage you to take the next step to protect your future health.

Cancer rehabilitation.
Cancer rehabilitation is very similar to other forms of rehabilitation after a serious illness or surgery. Cancer rehabilitation helps with a wide variety of treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, including pain, weakness, fatigue, shoulder problems, balance and gait problems, memory and concentration issues, swallowing, speech problems and lymphedema. If you are experiencing problems you didn’t have before your diagnosis, get the help you need with the Ingalls Survivorship program.

Take the next step.
At Ingalls, you will find the expertise to help you thrive. The Ingalls Survivorship program provides personalized guidelines, activities, and exercises documented to improve endurance, strength and balance. The program is staffed by 25 experienced clinicians, all certified in Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR), including nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, psychologists, and others who can help you take the next step. Call us


Living well after cancer is possible when you take the next step.

Survive and thrive.
Living well after surviving cancer is possible. Ingalls is committed to helping you enjoy a rich, fulfilling life. So regardless of which hospital treated you for cancer, please contact the only hospital in the Chicago Southland area to be certified in survivorship – Ingalls. Take the next step after cancer and truly thrive.

Simple ways to help yourself.
In many ways, the steps you take as a cancer survivor to improve your health are no different from the steps taken by anyone who wants to improve his or her health.Get regular exercise to increase your strength, endurance and emotional well-being. Eat a balanced diet, and be sure to include lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains while choosing lean proteins. Maintain or achieve a healthy weight. If you use tobacco, stop now. In all these areas, be patient with yourself as you ease into healthy new habits. You’ll be happier and more successful inthe long term. Finally, get the help and encouragement you need to set and reach healthy goals with the experts

                                      Please feel free to call if

                                      you would like more information. 910-353-6350




Cancer Wellness Therapy programs

 Variety of practices and systems that are not part of the main-stream medicine. Cancer  Wellness Therapy doesn’t replace the work and services work and expertise of a doctor. These services work hand and hand with the medical aspect of cancer care and complete the picture of treating that whole person.

Using Complementary Therapies that focus on the mind, body and spirit these services contribute to a person overall health and can boost the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.


Some people find that certain methods, such as IDANCE  or FLOW  FLEX are very useful to help control some of their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.

The decision to use these methods is an important one; it is yours to make.


Dance Therapy is the therapeutic use of movement to improve the physical well-being of a person. It focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. Dance therapy can be considered an expressive therapy.


Dance Therapy is based on the belief that the mind and body work together through dance, it is through that in which people can identify and express their inner most emotions, brining those feelings to the surface.


Improve strength and lean body mass, decrease stress, improve moods and self-esteem, and promote wellness and quality of life.


Relaxation techniques are ways of focusing your attention on calming your mind and relaxing your muscles, relaxation techniques might include activities such as visualization exercise or progressive muscle relaxation. Relaxation techniques may be helpful in relieving anxiety and fatigue; it may also help people with cancer sleep better.


Meditation is a state of deep concentration when you focus your mind on one image, sound or idea,


such as a positive thought. When meditating, you might also do deep breathing or relaxation exercise. Meditation may help people with cancer by relieving anxiety, pain and stress.


Gentle Exercise IconsFlow Flex


Yoga combines stretching exercise with deep breathing. During a yoga session you position your body in various poses that require bending, twisting and stretching. There are many types of each with its own variation, yoga may provide some stress relief for people with cancer.




Tai Chi is a form of exercise that incorporates gentle movements and deep breathing.

 Use meditation and slow movement to affect flow and bring about physical self-awareness. Practicing FLOW may help relieve stress.




Crochet Therapy relieves pain and gives a felling sense of  wellbeing, it helps you forget about Cancer for a little while as you focus on something else.


Use your mind to control various body functions, such as heart rate and blood flow, during biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback therapist uses an electronic device to monitor a specific body function, such as muscle tension and your heart rate.



Use music and its influence to increase Psychological and Emotional Integration of the individual during treatment of an illness or disability.


We focus this program around the healing theme of training, the goal is to help children with serious disease to empower them physically spiritually and emotionally.


Physical Exercise


Physical exercise involves movement of the body to achieve and maintain a healthy condition and a state of physical fitness.

 Exercise used as therapy to restore the body to a state of health is an effective activity for many people with Cancer

 Exercise and improve your physical and emotional health.


It reduces fatigue.


It lowers anxiety and depression.


It makes you feel generally happier.


It helps you feel better about yourself.


The support group encourage sharing of initial fears and concerns in a supportive non-confrontational setting.

 In a group, they deal with difficult family relationships, share with others what they have learned from their diseases.


Health Energy


Energy therapy is an energy based therapy that uses no touch to restore and balance the mind and spirit. This therapy restores harmony, energy and balance.


Energy therapy does not target any one specific area, but rather improve life overall functions of the body.


Energy Therapy help alleviate pain, stress, acute and chronic conditions, sleep problems and recovery time after surgical operations; it also decreases depression due to the deepening of the spiritual connection that creates peace.


Holistic Nutrition


Holistic Nutrition is mostly tailor made for individuals with Cancer. Work with the whole self, emphasis on prevention, encourage, empower, and edify our clients to lead healthier nutrition programs.


Referral to a dietitian who can give you ideas on how to fight some of the side effects of cancer treatments.





  Cancer Wellness Therapy Programs


Based on condition and Doctor Referral


Classes are complementary for cancer clients and survivors.





 Healing Hints

Instant Calm
Robert cooper's Instant Calming Sequence (ICE) can be learned quickly and used to neutralize negative stress in less then one second.

Wellness Activities
Hints and Tips to feeling better.

Stressed Out?
Having cancer is an enormous stress producer in our lives.

Facing a Cancer Diagnosis
Facing cancer is not easy but you do have a choice on how you handle it.

Helping Others
25 Tips to help those facing a serious illness.

It's OK to be Scared
What do you do when you get down? Scared?  Afraid?

The Gift
“Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Flow Flex or IDANCE Investment Pays Huge Health Dividends  

A simple 20 minute investment in flow flex ot idance each morning can produce calm and peace, improved streida may help reverse some effects of aging, such as joint pain, restricted and narrowed movements.

Health Benefits of flex flow and Idance

WhileIdance and flow flex . For example,

  • Reduces Stress. Flow flex s and idance deep breathing exercises brings calming effect that reduces stress.
  • Improves Poor Posture. With regular practice Flow Flex and Idance helps the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.
  • Improves Scoliosis. The work on stretching and strengthening the spine has a dramatic effect on those working with a spinal curvature. Flow Flex and Idance can help ease pain and the strength in the internal muscle structure of the back improves which starts to allow for great ease in movement and better posture.
  • Reduces and/or Alleviates Headaches. Many postures in the idance and flow flex sequence relieve tension and tightness in the neck and shoulder area. As this area relaxes, blood flow increases and headaches often decrease or go away entirely.
  • Reduces Migraines. A study of flow flex and people who experience migraines found that those doing flow flex had less frequent and less intense migraines than did those taking medication.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure. With regular practice flow flex and Idance students find that they have lower blood pressure and better cardiovascular health.
  • Reduces Digestive Problems. With regular practice flow flex and Idance students find that they don't crave junk food as much. This inclination towards a healthier diet, coupled with calming the nervous system, helps with long-term digestive issues.Flow Flex and Idance also can help improve symptoms from common digestive disorders such as irritable bowel disorder (IBS).
  • Reduces Constipation.Flow Flex and idance can relax the central nervous system by focusing on breathing increases a process called peristalsis. Peristalsis moves processed food through the digestive system and out of the body. Certain postures increase blood flow to the colon, further aiding the digestive process.
  • Improves Arthritis. flow flex and idancecan help alleviate joint stiffness and reduced mobility of arthritis sufferers.
  • Alleviates/Improves Depression. Flow Flex and Idance also helps alleviate depression. In addition to melatonin, the pineal gland also controls the release of serotonin, the "mood" hormone. As certain postures flush the pineal gland with oxygenated blood its function improves and emotional highs and low begin to even out.
  • Reduces Anxiety. Flow Flex and Idance also helps alleviate anxiety.
  • Reduces/Improves Insomnia. Several flow flex andidancepostures focus on increasing blood flow through the pineal gland where melatonin, the hormone released to induce deep sleep, is released.
  • Improves your Sense of Well Being. Flow Flex and Idance can increase your energy and improve your overall sense of well being.


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