“Kids Supporting Kids” is back Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m., at the Hiland Theatre, 4800 Central Avenue SE, where youngsters will entertain an audience in a special-themed show, Celebrate!, showcasing some of New Mexico’s most talented children singing, dancing, making music and otherwise entertaining.
The Celebrate! theme revels in the many UNM pediatric cancer patients who are surviving or thriving despite their disease. Celebrate! tickets are $25, or $50 for the post-performance cocktails, and disco dance party and auction where you can win a trip for two to Las Vegas, paintings and jewelry from Lilly Barrack and Bella Diamonds. Scalos Northern Italian Grill will be providing food and drinks after the performance. One-hundred percent of all ticket-sale net proceeds will go to the Integrative Medicine Pediatric Fund.
Kids Supporting Kids was founded in 2014 by David Lang, director of advanced manual therapies at UNM’s Center for Life Integrative Medicine Clinic, to raise funds for much needed alternative medical treatments, like massage and acupuncture, for UNM pediatric cancer patients. Such treatments often aren’t covered by insurance, but can open physical, emotional and psychological doors for improved recovery.
Lang is more than empathetic with kids in pain. Born with a leg malformation, he was the recipient of healing touch himself at an early age. “My mother and older siblings would work and stretch my little body every day so I would be able to walk,” he recalls. “Eventually I began to dance to strengthen my body, which led to a career on the Broadway stage.”
Kids Supporting Kids is a group of young performers that includes dancers from the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, singers from Albuquerque Academy, Public Academy of Performing Arts and more. “Healing comes one touch at a time, one person at a time,” says Lang. “Massage helps give the healing process a chance to work, while providing relief, at least temporarily, from pain and associated anxiety.” Visit UNM’s Center for Life Clinic for more information or to purchase Celebrate! tickets.