Conshohocken, PA; April 11, 2014. Dara’s Defense and JadeYoga are excited to announce the establishment of the Jade Kripalu Scholarship.
This scholarship is for a 3 day, 2 night R & R Retreat package for two to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and will be awarded annually for at least the next three years to an ovarian or fallopian tube cancer patient and a friend or partner. The scholarship includes accommodations at Kripalu, Kripalu’s delicious all-natural meals, optional Kripalu faculty-led workshops and guided outdoor activities, daily yoga and noon dance classes, evening events and use of Kripalu amenities including sauna, fitness room, private lakefront beach, walking and hiking trails and more (transportation is not included).
Suzanne Simenhoff, President of Dara’s Defense and sister of Dara Barr (for whom Dara’s Defense was named) said: “Dara loved her time at Kripalu and believed that positive energy from within and without was an integral part of healing. Dara hoped that Dara’s Defense would be able to send others to Kripalu so they could experience those benefits too. We thank JadeYoga for endowing this scholarship to Kripalu to ensure that Dara’s vision will be realized.”
Dean Jerrehian, President of JadeYoga said: “Dara was a great friend and we are absolutely happy to be able to help. Dara convinced us to make our Teal mat to raise funds for ovarian cancer in the first place, so it is definitely appropriate that some of the funds raised through Teal mat sales go to send ovarian cancer patients to Kripalu. We are very excited about this scholarship and hope whoever receives it enjoys Kripalu as much as Dara did.”
Applicants for this scholarship must have a diagnosis of fallopian tube or ovarian cancer; must supply a letter of interest detailing family status, address, phone number, email address, age (if under 21 must be traveling with parent or guardian) and how they heard about the scholarship; and must not have received any other direct grants from a nonprofit related to their diagnosis. The application must also include a letter from a medical professional with address, name, phone number, date of diagnosis, status of disease, years in treatment and current diagnosis.
Dara’s Defense is accepting applications for this scholarship for 2014 through May 17, 2014. Scholarship applications can be found here. The winner will be notified by email or telephone and announced at the Dara’s Defense annual MusicFest on May 31, 2014.
About Dara’s Defense
Dara’s Defense is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which exists to provide support advocacy, education and support for women and children that are affected by ovarian cancer. Founded in 2006 through the efforts of Dara Barr and her friends and family, Dara’s Defense has been raising awareness about ovarian cancer through local fundraisers and the funding of various research programs. For more information, visit www.darasdefense.org.
JadeYoga, a division of Jade Industries, Inc has been making eco-friendly natural rubber yoga mats with unequaled non-slip performance and comfort since 2002. Jade mats are sold in the top independent yoga studios across the United States and around the world. Through its partnership with Trees for the Future, Jade plants a tree for every mat sold. For more information, visit www.jadeyoga.com
Established in 1974, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is the largest yoga-based retreat center in North America. Kripalu offers more than 700 programs a year on topics related to yoga, holistic health, personal growth and spirituality, serving approximately 36,000 guests. Kripalu is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization founded on the teachings of Saraswati Chandra, Sri Kripalvanand (Swami Kripalu), (1913–1981), a yoga master renowned for his compassion and the depth of his spiritual practice. Kripalu’s mission is to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. Kripalu is located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, less than three hours from Boston and New York City. More information is available at www.kripalu.org or 800.741.7353.