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June Brazil, of Tarrytown, NY passed away peacefully on December 17th, with her son, Jessie, at her bedside. She was 43.

June was born in North Tarrytown on June 9th, 1956. She received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Marymount College in Tarrytown in 1982, did graduate studies in Biochemistry at New York Medical College, in Business Management at the University of Connecticut, and in Computer Science at Pace University. In 1989, she completed professional studies in Acupuncture at Tri-State Institute in Stamford, CT. She worked as a licensed acupuncturist, and was instrumental in enacting the 1990 Acupuncture licensure law in New York State.

An outstanding contributor to the practice and profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the U.S., June co-founded the Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY), and served as president from 1990 to 1995. From 1991 to 1994 she was a Commissioner on the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists (NCCA), and as a Governor and Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NAAOM), serving as President of the Academy during 1999 until her death. 

June did advanced studies in the Japanese Toyo Hari school of Acupuncture and played a key role in bringing this study to the United States. She served as President of the New York branch of the Japanese Toyo Hari Medical Acupuncture Association from 1993 until her death.

June was devoted to improving education in the field of Acupuncture in this country. From 1990 through 1994 she was a member of the Senior Faculty of Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.  She was a Certified Trainer (teacher of instructors) and a Certified Instructor for the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) “Clean Needle Technique.”

From 1997 until her death, June was a member of the Advisory Board for Mercy College’s Graduate Program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the first integration of this curriculum into a regionally accredited comprehensive college. In 1996, she donated her extensive library in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to Mercy College, which is now housed at the Dobbs Ferry, NY campus as the June Brazil Collection.

Mercy College and Ms. Brazil’s family have recently announced the formation of the June Brazil Fellowship in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Research. This fellowship will provide a stipend to a final year student in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Mercy College to support original, independent research into the efficacy and utilization of Acupuncture in an integrated, complementary setting.

During her last six years, June valiantly battled Multiple Myeloma, remaining vibrant and productive. Like most people diagnosed with Myeloma, June had never heard of the disease before and was taken aback at the aggressive, high-risk treatment recommendations she received. An early internet pioneer, June was able to identify more sensible options  for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma by networking with other patients and consulting scientific reference sources. Armed with information, June devoted herself to helping thousands of fellow patients and their families deal with the formidable emotional and medical challenges presented by the disease. She worked closely with two specific organizations, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) and the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR).

June started in-person and telephone support groups for myeloma. She facilitated an Internet support group with an ongoing membership of over a thousand. She was a stalwart of the IMF Patient/Family Seminars, where she was typically surrounded by people whom she had helped who wanted to thank her in person.  June also raised substantial funds for the IMF's research grant program. In 1998, June was awarded the Francesca Thompson Distinguished Service Award of the IMF.

June was a member of the board of directors of ACOR.  She also served on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAPCAM). June also developed this web site, "Multiple Myeloma Survivor Stories", at www.gallea.com/MMStories, which offers detailed histories illustrating treatment strategies and lessons learned. (It is now being maintained by June's husband, Dean.)

June Brazil is survived by her husband, Dean Gallea, and two sons, Jessie and David. Her sister, Sandra Weinberg, lives in the Netherlands, and her parents, Nat and Isabelle Weinberg, live in Tarrytown. She also leaves two devoted Dachshunds, Max and Elsa, and hundreds of friends.

 Donations may be made in June’s honor to:

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)
12650 Riverside Drive
Suite 206
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(800) 452-2873

Contributions to support original research in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can be made to:

The June Brazil Fellowship Fund
The Graduate Program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522  


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