Events

Future Events
September 14, 2019
Counseling Workshop – Yoga
George Wallace Park
4700 DTC. Blvd.
Denver, CO 80237

According to Psychology Today, “Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system. Yoga’s positive benefits on mental health have made it an important practice tool of psychotherapy (American Psychological Association).” Many people that have or had a companion animal with cancer is certain to have struggled with one or more of the things listed above. KarmaSue wants to provide you with a moment of self-care that addresses your mind, heart, and body aches. This session will be led by Allison Nicotera, a very kind and compassionate instructor. This hour will hopefully leave you feeling centered and ready to continue your journey. Space is limited, so please RSVP early by emailing us.  Details will also be provided on our Facebook event page.

 

Past Events
August 3, 2019
CBD 101 – Is CBD Right for Your Pet? Part I
Eagle Street Facility Community Room
7272 E. Eagle St., Centennial, CO 80112

Location Note: We will meet in the Eagle Street Facility Community Room.

Please join All Points West GSP Rescue KarmaSue for a FREE education workshop regarding CBD and companion animals. In Part I, Dr. Andre will cover terminology, compounds of cannabis, and legal and ethical issues. She will also answer some of your important questions!

Special Guest Facilitator:
Casara Andre, DVM, cVMA
Cultivate Veterinary Wellbeing

RSVP:
Please email KarmaSue with number of attendees and mark yourself as going. Thanks!

karmasuecancer@gmail.com

 

July 27, 2019
Boogie On! Patio Party Fundraiser
The Emerald Isle
4385 S. Parker Rd, Aurora, Colorado 80015
11:00 a.m. – Silent Auction Closes at 2:00 p.m.

Sun’s Out, Pups Out – Bring Your Pet to the KarmaSue Patio Party!
Cost: Free to attend. For a suggested donation of $20 or more, you will be a VIP and receive your very own swag bag filled with gifts and special offers from our community partners on July 27th! So head over to PayPal and RSVP today!

paypal.me/KarmaSueCancer

You have the opportunity to receive the swag bag at the event for a suggested donation of $25. Opportunities to purchase day of event: game tickets – six for $5; raffle tickets – three for $5, six for $10, or 12 for $20.

More: Please RSVP by marking yourself as going on the event page.

Aurora, CO, Saturday, July 27, 2019 – There are 65 million dogs and 32 million cats in the United States; of these, nearly 12 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs and cats each year (http://ccr.nci.nih.gov/). Other companion animals including horses, birds, guinea pigs, etc. are also susceptible to cancer.

Colorado-based nonprofit, KarmaSue, invites you to join the 3rd Annual “Boogie On!” fundraiser on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM at The Emerald Isle in Aurora, Colorado. The name, “Boogie On!” is in memory of a happy guinea pig, Oscar (aka Boogie), and his ability to spread joy to everyone. KarmaSue hosts the annual Boogie On! event during Boogie’s birthday month to raise money for vital programs and encourage hope while facing companion animal cancer. Boogie On! is KarmaSue’s biggest fundraiser each year.

Game tickets will allow you to play games including Reptile Ring Toss, Corn Hole, Ducks in the Pond, and Farm Animal Flip Cup; all of which offer the opportunity for you to win more raffle or game tickets. Participants will be able to talk with families that have endured companion animal cancer and ask questions of a certified veterinarian. There will be an amazing silent auction closing at 2:00 PM complete with items from Two Pals and a Pup, Pet Wants Denver, and other Colorado-based businesses and artists. The Emerald Isle will donate 10 percent of all sales during the event to KarmaSue.

One hundred percent of all funds raised will support families with education, counseling, and financial assistance related to a companion animal’s cancer diagnosis. The fundraising goal is $3,000; this will help fund all or a portion of: 1) at least 10 counseling workshops; 2) at least 10 education workshops; 3) 30 grief or compassion fatigue counseling session hours; 4) costs associated with a cancer diagnosis for nearly six companion animals.

Please mark yourself as going and learn about event details as they are announced on our Facebook event page or email us today!

June 8, 2019
Storytelling – Honoring Your Human-Animal Connection
Castlewood Library
6739 S. Uinta St., Centennial, Colorado 80112
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Storytelling is a way to make sense of life and the way we process what happens around and to us. Telling your own story, through journaling, can be a powerful tool for releasing emotions and relieving anxious thoughts. During trying or traumatic times, it can be an outlet for things you may not feel capable or desirous of sharing with others. It can also be a way to record life events. Journaling can be a way to pull you into the present and help you evaluate what you are currently experiencing. Finally, it can be a way to tap into your abilities to heal yourself and move through grief and loss.

Join us as we explore and practice a variety of journaling techniques! Your workshop guide is Joyce Cain, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the holistic health field as a massage therapist, esthetician, and certified holistic healthcare practitioner. She also has a degree in creative writing. She has found journaling to be especially powerful during times of stress and used it throughout her time caring for ailing pets and while grieving their deaths. Thanks to Joyce for generously gifting her time and expertise to KarmaSue and our families, there is NO CHARGE for this workshop.

May 11, 2019

Exploring Alternative Methods to Pain Management
Koelbel Library
5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, Colorado 80121
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

KarmaSue is pleased to present Ms. Rhonda Matsuno of ARF! Massage as our facilitator for this educational workshop. Rhonda is a multiple pet owner, Certified Veterinary Technician, and Certified Animal Massage Practitioner dedicated to assisting companion animals in overcoming pain. Rhonda’s success in helping to alleviate pain and expedite healing is attained by using massage and laser treatments as a compliment to surgery and pharmaceuticals. She believes that massage gets things working – working together. Please visit Rhonda’s website and reserve your seat for this innovative workshop by marking yourself as, “going” today!

Rhonda’s professional achievements include:
-Certified Veterinary Technician, Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology
-Certified Canine Massage Practitioner, The Lang Institute
-Fear Free certified, AAHA
“My goal is to administer a level of care that, in all due respect, honors the ongoing loyalty and friendship our companions give to us.” ~Rhonda Matsuno

April 6, 2019
LaCROSSe Out Cancer with the Colorado Mammoth and KarmaSue
Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, Colorado 80204

JOIN KARMASUE AND THE COLORADO MAMMOTH AS THEY WORK TO LACROSSE OUT CANCER. HALF OF ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO BACK TO KARMASUE
To signup, purchase tickets at: https://mammoth.ksetickets.com/KARMASUE
Ticket Cost: $20 lower level ticket
Half of every ticket sold will go back to KarmaSue!
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QUESTIONS? CONTACT TIMMY JENKINS AT 303.575.1909 OR TIMMY.JENKINS@TEAMKSE.COM
COLORADOMAMMOTH.COM
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There are no fees.  Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.  Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  Tickets are not available at the Pepsi Center Box Office or online directly through Altitude Tickets.  ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Please let KarmaSue you know you are going to this event by marking yourself as going on our Facebook event page today!

March 9, 2019
Adding to Your Self-Care Toolkit: Meditation 101
Koelbel Library
5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, Colorado 80121
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

KarmaSue wants to make sure you are practicing self-care as you endure companion animal cancer. Join us for this introductory session on meditation facilitated by Dorian Merrill of Mayu Sanctuary. We will learn about the benefits of meditation and have the opportunity to practice a brief body scan and guided meditation that is focused on easing the pain of your pet and yourself. This is a useful, accessible tool to add to your self-care toolkit. We look forward to seeing you on March 9th.

Facilitator Spotlight: Dorian Merrill, Board Member, Mayu Sanctuary.
Dorian has extensive experience volunteering with animal-related organizations, including serving as a hospice foster. She is a member of Mayu Sanctuary, a meditation center in Denver that welcomes guests of every contemplative tradition, every spiritual belief, and every level of experience. Mayu offers Colorado’s largest selection of meditation supplies, as well as mindfulness classes, drop-in meditation, relaxing foot baths, and mind-body treatments. Mayu is a member-owned, member-operated co-op. Please visit their website to learn more: http://mayusanctuary.com/.  You may RSVP here or send us an email.

NOTE: Dorian is generously gifting her time and expertise to KarmaSue families; because of that, there is no fee to join us. Whether you have or had a companion animal with cancer or simply want to connect with others that honor the human-animal connection just as you do, this workshop will be free of charge. This is an introductory course to meditation; no previous experience is required. 🙂

Please also note that meditation can bring up unexpected emotions. KarmaSue has advocates willing to talk through the emotions with you during or after the workshop.

February 2, 2019
What’s in Your Pet’s Bowl?  An Introduction to Pet Food Nutrition
Koelbel Library
5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, Colorado 80121
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join KarmaSue for the first education workshop of 2019! We will explain the nutrients our pets need and understand what is in our pets’ food.  We want to make sure they get what they need to be healthy so they can Boogie On! Our facilitator for this workshop is Jess Green of Pet Wants Denver. Check out the Pet Wants Denver website for information on their products. Please watch the full presentation on our YouTube channel now!

January 6, 2019

KarmaSue Volunteer Orientation
Castlewood Public Library
6739 S. Uinta St., Centennial, Colorado 80112
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Whether you are already a KarmaSue Crew member or looking to become one, please join us for this volunteer orientation! We will review current programs, new initiatives, 2019 goals, and how to take care of you while we are reaching for the stars!

Please RSVP or send us an email so we can plan accordingly. Here’s to an amazing 2019!

December 1, 2018
Remembering the Unforgettable
All Saints Lutheran Church
15625 E. Iliff Ave.
Aurora, CO 80013

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join KarmaSue as we honor the connection you have with your companion animals – both past and present. You will be able to create a special token representing your bond to take home. We will provide a welcoming environment to share stories about your pet. We will also talk about compassion fatigue and ideas on how to cope. Our facilitators for this special workshop include our own Juli Arnold and Richard Mercer.

November 24, 2018
Cancer in Exotic Animals Part II: Preventative Care
Castlewood Library – Meeting Room
6739 Uinta St., Centennial, Colorado 80112
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

KarmaSue is teaming up with Nature’s Educators once again to bring you this informative workshop. In this second part of a two part series, we will discuss preventative care of exotic animals (that are also companion animals), specifically birds and reptiles. We will also explore the unique bond humans share with birds and reptiles. You can view this workshop on KarmaSue’s YouTube channel!

September 22, 2018
Nature & Reflection – A KarmaSue Counseling Workshop
Cherry Creek State Park
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Inhale. Exhale. Upward.

Let’s take a moment to breathe. Whether you have lost a companion animal to cancer or are currently enduring companion animal cancer, please join us for a morning in our own backyard. Explore nature on your own or with a group, then connect with others that have had or are now going through the same experiences you had/have with your pet.

We all need a moment to breathe, ground ourselves, and restore our energy to continue on; we hope this experience will do just that for you.

You are welcome to bring family, friends, and/or a leashed dog with you on this journey; just let us know when you RSVP.  You may also RSVP by sending us an email.

August 12, 2018
Companion Animal Cancer Series Part II: Various Types of Cancer
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join KarmaSue for the second part of this informative series! Our trusted and accomplished Board member, Dr. Katie Braddock of Plum Creek Veterinary Services will provide insights surrounding common types of cancer found in our companion animals. She will review common signs and symptoms, treatment options, possible prognoses, and more. For this particular part, Dr. Braddock will cover mast cell tumors, anal sac adenocarcinomas, and mammary gland carcinomas in dogs, as well as mast cell tumors, fibrosarcomas, and osteosarcomas in cats.

Please RSVP early and feel free to share with/bring friends.

Update: You can view the workshop on our YouTube channel now!

July 21, 2018
KarmaSue’s 2nd Annual Boogie On Event – Amazing Race Edition!
Aurora, CO
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On July 21st, KarmaSue will host its own amazing race! Your team of four will encounter road blocks, detours, and checkpoints that will challenge you mentally and physically. Bring your best friends (including your pups!) and join us for one amazing race! A suggested donation of $25 per participant will get you a goody bag, drink ticket, and entrance into a fun after party with a silent auction, snacks, and prizes!

The race will happen in Aurora, between Peoria St. & Potomac St. on 2nd Ave. & the High Line Canal Trail (Starting Point & After Party: 13098 E. 2nd Ave., Aurora, CO 80011)

BE SURE TO RSVP VIA EMAIL (KARMASUECANCER@GMAIL.COM) OR ON THE EVENT PAGE BY SUNDAY, JULY 1ST. PAYMENT WILL BE COLLECTED BY CASH, CHECK, OR VENMO.

June 16, 2018
Personal Journal Making Workshop
All Saints Lutheran Church
15625 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, CO, 80013

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

**Only SIX spots available! Please RSVP soon!**

KarmaSue is pleased to welcome Mr. Richard Pollock-Nelson as our talented facilitator for this workshop, where participants will be able to create unique journals to record adventures, memories, etc. to symbolize the connection you have/had with your companion animal(s).

Richard will instruct you on how to make a personal journal using cigar box parts for the covers. The sewing will use a Coptic stitch that dates back to the second century. The thread used is a 4-ply, waxed, Irish linen thread. The paper used is Mohawk Superfine 70 lbs. paper. You will also be shown how to incorporate a ribbon place marker. The journal will have 200 pages. The picture above is an example of the journals. The style of cigar covers available vary; however, Richard will have a variety of styles to choose from.

IMPORTANT NOTE: KarmaSue will pay for the first two people that contact us that have or had a companion animal with cancer. Please send us a direct message or email soon to reserve your complimentary spot. Four spots are open to anyone that would like to honor the connection they have with their companion animal(s), not limited to those with cancer. The cost is only $75 each; with $25 of each registration coming back to KarmaSue. Therefore, you will create a special journal all your own with professional instruction AND support KarmaSue families at the same time – it’s a win-win! Please RSVP on the event page and send us an email  to reserve your spot soon!

May 12, 2018
Cancer in Exotic Animals – Physiology and Behavior
Location: Near Littleton, CO.  Exact location will be disclosed to participants.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

KarmaSue is teaming up with Nature’s Educators to bring you an interesting and informative workshop. In this first part of a two part series, we will discuss the physiology and behavior of exotic animals including birds and reptiles. We will also explore the bond humans share with them and learn how cancer affects them. Plus, Nature’s Educators will introduce us to some very special guests! Be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, May 1st as space is limited. We’ll see you there!
Update: You can view the workshop on our YouTube channel now!

March 3, 2018
Painting Companionship
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop is reserved for individuals that are currently going through or have endured companion animal cancer in the past.

KarmaSue has partnered with Shelli Carriveau to bring you a very special workshop where you will be able to create a custom painting with Shelli’s creative assistance. The cost for this workshop is only $40 to cover the cost of supplies. Please RSVP early by sending an email (karmasuecancer@gmail.com) to our team by February 20th. We cannot wait to celebrate the bond(s) you have with your pet(s), past and present.

February 25, 2018
Companion Animal Cancer Series: Part I – Various Types of Cancer
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room D
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Please join KarmaSue for our first education workshop of 2018!  Our trusted and accomplished Board member, Dr. Katie Christopher Braddock of Plum Creek Veterinary Services, will provide insights surrounding common types of cancer found in our companion animals.  She will review common signs and symptoms, treatment options, possible prognoses, and more.
Update: To watch the presentation, please visit our YouTube channel.

January 13, 2018
KarmaSue Volunteer Orientation
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

KarmaSue is presenting a volunteer orientation open to current and future volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering with KarmaSue and learning more about our organization, please join us for this informative workshop. Current volunteers – feel free to bring a friend! Please RSVP!

We will meet in Meeting Room B. We look forward to seeing you there!


November 18, 2017
The Human-Animal Connection – A Unique Look
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join the KarmaSue Crew as we take a unique look at the human-animal connection.  We will study individual accounts of humans’ special connections with animals and even make time to explore our own experiences.  Given that the holidays are right around the corner, it is important that we all take a moment to honor the connection we as humans have with our pets; with those that are living and those that have passed on.  We look forward to this special workshop and cannot wait to hear your unique stories.  Please RSVP early!

NOTE: If you would like to present your personal story regarding the human-animal connection during this workshop, please send us a personal note.

UPDATE: You may view the presentation slides here.

October 28, 2017
Shopping for the Howlidays
Peak to Peak Tap & Brew
16701 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, CO 80013
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

KarmaSue and Peak to Peak Tap & Brew are coming together to offer you a unique experience! Stop by on Saturday, October 28th any time between 4 and 6 PM to shop for some truly one of a kind items with proceeds benefiting KarmaSue! You’ll have to leave your pups at home this time, but please hang out, have a beer, and get the howlidays started off right! We’ll see you there!


August 27, 2017
Companion Animal Health: An Overview

Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

KarmaSue’s next education workshop will be held on Sunday, August 27th from 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. at Eloise May Library in Denver, Colorado. This workshop will focus on companion animal health and the impact various cancers have on the lives and bodies of our pets. We will learn about what a healthy pet looks like, common cancers among companion animals, and things to be mindful of at home.

Our facilitator for the workshop is the educated and talented Dr. Katie Christopher Braddock. Dr. Braddock has always had a passion for animals and for helping people. Dr. Braddock joined Plum Creek Veterinary Services in the summer of 2010. She enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and skiing with her husband, John, and their two dogs Carson and Glory. Dr. Braddock also has two cats, Dublin and Shannon.

Dr. Braddock grew up in Aurora, Colorado and spent many hours volunteering and working at veterinary practices in the area. Dr. Braddock attended college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Science with High Distinction in Biochemistry in 2005. She attended Colorado State University for veterinary school and graduated in 2009, and went on to complete a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada from 2009-2010. For more information on Dr. Braddock and Plum Creek Veterinary Services, please visit the clinic’s website.

Professional Affiliations. Dr. Katie Braddock, DVM is a member in good standing of the following professional organizations:

Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
American Veterinary Medical Association

Please RSVP early!

Update: You may view the presentation slides here.

July 22, 2017
Wait, Wait…Go!
Team Field Day in Honor of Boogie On Day

Bicentennial Park – Aurora, CO
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Are you slightly competitive?  Do you have a few friends you enjoy working with?  How about a dog that wants to take part in the fun as your mascot?  Then sign up to take part in our Wait…Wait…Go! Teams of 5 (plus one mascot if desired) will take part in fun activities with the end goal of a trophy and bragging rights! We have activities planned for the dogs and they will receive a special prize, too! After the competition, participants are invited to hang out, enjoy a picnic, and bid on some fantastic silent auction items! Be sure to get creative with your team outfits – it could lead to bonus points…

Cost: Cost: $10 per person (requesting a five-person team; don’t worry if you don’t have five, we can set you up with a team!) If you miss the RSVP timeframe, you can still attend for $12 – just pay at the event!

Picnic items will be sold – all proceeds will benefit KarmaSue, so eat up!
Silent Auction items will be distributed at the end of the event.

How to Register: Please visit our Facebook page or email us with the names and email addresses of your team members along with your team name by JULY 1, 2017.  If you don’t have them yet, just register yourself as the Team Leader.  We will be sure to get you signed up!

May 20, 2017
Compassion Fatigue – How to Care for Yourself While Tending to Your Pets
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker – Mr. Richard Mercer, M.A.: Mr. Mercer is a graduate of Naropa University with a degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. He is currently employed as a grief counselor for TRU Community Care Grief Services in Lafayette, CO. In addition to serving as caregiver for his mother who died from ALS and his father in his final months of life, Mr. Mercer provided care for his blind and diabetic dog, Suzie, who recently died at the age of 15.

Join the KarmaSue crew and amazing speakers to discuss compassion fatigue. We will touch on what it is, ideas on how to cope, and personal accounts of what has worked for families that had to acknowledge it while enduring companion animal cancer and other animal-related ailments.  Please RSVP via our Facebook page or an email.  We look forward to seeing you there.

UPDATE: You may view the presentation slides here.

April 21, 2017
Celebrate Earth Day with One Hope Wine and KarmaSue
Aurora, CO
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join the KarmaSue crew along with some of our friends as we celebrate Earth Day with One Hope Wine.  Fifteen percent of all proceeds will go towards KarmaSue programs, while each purchase will also support other worthy nonprofit organizations, some of which support our Earth and enhance our lives.  Please RSVP via our Facebook page or send us an email to reserve your spot today!  We will send you the address upon receiving your reservation.

If you cannot attend the event, but would still like to help out and order wine, follow the link below.  NOTE: Only items listed under the Event Exclusives section will count for the 15% donation to KarmaSue.

https://secure.viaonehope.com/parties/9667

February 18, 2017
What’s in My Pet’s Food?
Eloise May Library – Meeting Room B
1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, Colorado 80231

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please join the KarmaSue crew as we learn about what is in our companion-animals’ food, how to read labels, and leave with some tips on how to choose the best food for your pet.  Jess Green of Pet Wants Denver will guide an interactive discussion on this topic and will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Space is limited, so please RSVP early!  Email us today and let us know how many spots you would like to reserve.  We look forward to meeting you and learning about ingredients together!

UPDATE: You may view the presentation slides here.

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