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Chicago Massage Therapist Helped Infants, Those In Need

First Posted: 03/28/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

Kathie King, a Chicago resident and longtime volunteer for the city's Uptown neighborhood will be remembered for her gentle care for others in need, the Chicago Tribune reports.

King, who won the first Massage Therapy Foundation Award for Humanitarian Services, died of cancer Sunday.

As a volunteer in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, certified massage therapist Kathie King would hold infants born addicted to drugs and alcohol gently against her chest and apply therapy to aid them through the withdrawal process.

"When a baby's back arched in pain, she'd cradle them close and try to synchronize their heartbeats," said her husband of 22 years, Bob, a co-founder of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and former president of the Evanston-based American Massage Therapy Association. "She used her heart, as much as she did her hands."

Friends and colleagues remember a warm, generous spirit that garnered her both professional accolades and strong personal relationships.

"Kathie had this warm, incredibly down-home way of speaking that would win people over," said friend and massage therapist Gene Arbetter. "She was one of those people you just never forgot after meeting her."

To read Kathie King's full obituary, visit the Chicago Tribune.

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