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Horses and Human Health: horses helping young cancer patients

Kaia Carroll pets a horse.  CBS NEWSIn New Jersey, a little girl who has been battling cancer is starting third-grade this week, after she couldn’t go to school last year. Kaia Carroll recently discovered the healing power of horses, and said she hasn’t had this much fun in months. The eight-year-old has a rare form of Leukemia. The last year of her life has been a blur of doctors, hospitals and chemotherapy.  

“This week I felt good I wasn’t really nauseous and I wasn’t in any pain really,” she said. Kaia and 19 other young patients took part in Pony Power Therapies in New Jersey’s Ramapo Mountains. 

Patients and their families learn to ride and care for horses. 

Hackensack University Medical Center sponsors the intensive four-day program.  

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