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Contact:     AOMA Campus Student Clinic, 512-371-3738
           AOMA Director of Community Relations, 512-492-3034
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Opening our Eyes:
The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin sponsors fundraiser for Juliana Cumbo.

Austin, Texas – Juliana Cumbo who practices in the student clinic of the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin as a graduate intern, is trying again to get her acupuncture license. In October, she was rejected by a committee of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners after earning a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and passing the national board exams. In early 2008, the board requested additional information to consider her application for licensure.  The “final” decision will be made on Friday June 6th.

People who know Juliana, know that she is visually impaired, an amazing person and gifted practitioner.  “It didn’t matter to me that she was blind, as her disability didn’t interfere with her ability to collect information from me, diagnose, find acupoints on the topography of my body, and insert needles,” says Amy Acuff, three-time Olympian in track and field.  “I am selective about which chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists I will allow to touch me. In fact, Juliana worked on me prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics where I finished 4th place.”

Over the last several months, Juliana has incurred significant legal fees. The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, where Juliana received a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, is organizing an Acu-thon fundraiser to support Juliana in this process.  80% of profits will go directly to Juliana Cumbo’s legal fund, 10% will go to the National Federation of the Blind, and 10% will go to the AOMA Alumni Association.

Sunday June 8th, 9:30am-3:30pm
Acu-thon – professional acupuncture treatments in AOMA student clinic at 2700 W. Anderson Ln. #304, Austin, TX 78757
Patients receiving treatments this day will make a suggested $50-100 donation ($30 minimum).
Call 512-371-3738 to make an appointment.
Call 512-492-3034 to make a donation.
Email community@aoma.edu for questions.

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