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D’Youville Professor Emeritus Penny Klein, Battling Cancer through Movement and Meditation

D’Youville Professor Emeritus Penny Klein, Battling Cancer through Movement and Meditation

Buffalo, New York – July 07, 2017 – Over 15 million individuals will be diagnosed with cancer globally this year making it a pandemic. D’Youville College professor emeritus Penelope “Penny” Klein EdD, along with others, are using eastern medicine to help manage the disease both during and after treatment.

“When I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 2010, I had a different and more life-supporting purpose to my practice,” said Klein, who had been practicing tai chi up until that fateful point in her life. “Since that time, I practice the meditative component of qigong more diligently, have published research in this area, and led many seminars to inform others of the health benefits of this ancient healing practice.”

Tuesday evening, D’Youville College’s Kavinoky Theater will premiere the award-winning Cultivating Life Energy: Qigong in Cancer Care, a movie that came about from years of Klein studying qigong. “I created the film as a service to society and for individuals like myself who are on a cancer journey,” said Klein. Independently produced, written, and directed by Klein, her hopes are the movie will speak powerfully to individuals with cancer and the family, friends, and health professionals who serve them.

The movie’s subject, qigong, is a 4,000-year old holistic system of mindful exercise for health, healing, and longevity. Eastern medicine practitioners, such as Klein, use holistic approaches to treatment to help maintain and even enhance the cancer-related quality of life. Along with the movie, there will be a reception, demonstration, and a panel discussion with George Picard and D’Youville Medical Director Ron Santasiario, MD.

Klein has studied and competed in martial arts for four decades, is a three-time World Masters Judo Champion, medalist in the Empire State Games and Florida Sunshine Games – often against younger opponents – and holds a black belt in judo. “As an older athlete, I need to add a healing exercise to my training regimen. Tai chi and qigong practice has helped keep my body young” said Klein. “As a physical therapist, I am interested in the therapeutic applications of [qigong] and published the first-ever lit review on the topic in 2003.”

When asked about what matters most about qigong, Klein says it’s about a quality of life. “[Qigong] gives control over many side effects of the disease and its management, allowing for a sense of well-being, quality of sleep, vitality, and an easing of pain,” said Klein. “I receive regular treatment at Roswell to survive, but I do qigong to thrive.”

Cultivating Life Energy: Qigong in Cancer Care premieres Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in the Kavinoky Theater with a reception starting at 6 PM and a panel discussion to follow the movie. For more on Klein’s work visit

Watch the Trailer