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Dear MWHC Family,

It’s official! On Sunday, November 13, 2022, I will be dancing with Dancing with the Stars of the ‘Burg! 

Last night it felt real, as I learned that my 5’ (almost)1” self will be dancing the quickstep with 6’10” USA Dance partner Greg Riddle, and that the fundraising goal for this final year’s event is $200,000 (with my personal goal of raising $30,000).

It’s times like this that I feel God laughing (gently, sort of), as my blind “Yes, why not,” turns into a terrified, “What the heck did I just say yes to?” 

And of course, the terror comes at not just one level, but at least 3: mind, body, spirit.

1- Mind: The shortest person will be dancing with the tallest person. My ego whispered and mocked me,”Won’t I look ridiculous?”

2- Body: I’m literally the most sedentary of all the cast members (we’ve got someone training for a marathon on the cast), and I’m focused on slow medicine. I’ll be doing the QUICKstep??? My body tensed with rejection, “I can’t!”

3- Spirit: I’m going to be asking for $30,000 during a time of economic uncertainty from people I know and utter strangers. My heart froze, “Isn’t that too much to ask for?”

It’s exactly during times like this where I fall into bed and hope that when I wake up I discover it was all a dream. Then when I wake up, I find out that it’s no dream, and this time it’s going to be an intimate reality for the next 17 weeks. After I woke at 4:32 am (do you like the downward steps of the numbers mirroring the worried dread in my heart?), I got my coffee, lit a candle, gathered my journal and pen, then settled in my chair to begin wrestling with God. 

(Side note: God has been so good to me! For so long, we wrestled through words, so that I could look back to see the gradual unfolding of what was meant to be.)

“Why do you keep asking me to do these impossible things? And why can’t I stop saying yes to you?”

“Why can’t I stop living into Words of the Year, and why can’t this year’s “Create” stop at writing a book and starting a podcast?”

“Why can’t I just be normal?”

Then Hebrews 3:15 revealed itself in answer, “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

Asking “why” was my all-encompassing mind-body-spirit fear.

And the only answer that could calm that fear? Love. Open your heart, Arlene! (And this where I heard God laugh), embrace grace. Be loved, then offer love and receive love.

So, there you have it, my morning wrestling session with God where fear overcame me and I wanted to run away, and then God laughed and held me close and melted my heart.

This event isn’t about me and how short, or physically unfit, or scared I am. 

This event is an invitation to participate in the work of love to create a safe space for children and to support families at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Child Day Care Center (HRCDCC). This is love in action, made concrete right here, right now for our community.

Will you participate in the work of love with me? You are a people of many talents, multiple connections, and innovative ideas. Will you help me claim the miracle of a multiplication of money to accomplish a personal goal of raising $30,000 (and group goal of raising $200,000) for this final year of Dancing with the Stars of the ‘Burg?

“3” is a great (and scary) number. It’s “Trinitarian,” so I see miracles and wonder embedded in that $30,000 goal. And in that, I tell myself what I say often to others, “It’s too hard to do it alone, and you don’t have to!”

So, what might participating with me in this work of love look like? 

  • Personal donations (cash or check made payable to: HRCDCC). Each donation makes a difference!! (Every $1= 1 vote for me)
  • Corporate donations ($1000 or more gets your company recognized on signage at the event)
  • Inviting people you know or companies you are involved in to donate to the fundraiser
  • $1800 Table Sponsorship: reserved seating at a table for 10 alongside the dance floor
  • Come have fun at group fundraising events!
    • July 31: Brix and Columns event (proceeds split among the 7 teams)
    • August 28: Bluestone Vineyard silent auction fundraiser
  • Donate items for the silent auction and weekly raffles
    • I know we’ve got creative people with a multitude of talents. Here’s your opportunity to share them for a great cause!!
  • Other ideas for fundraising events? (I need all the help I can get brainstorming for this!)
    • Helping out with future fundraisers
  • Above all, please pray that this impossible goal is made possible for our children.

With great love, Arlene

Dr. McCain’s book, Embrace Grace: New Medicine for a Wounded World is now available for purchase!

  • Amazon: Kindle (digital edition) and now on pre-sale for print edition
  • Bookbaby (print book)

Recent reviews

“Embrace Grace is a splendid account of the life and deeds of an exceptional person. Not everyone writes about their spiritual life in such a direct way, and it is this honesty that struck me. The way in which Arlene Santos McCain talks about God and what He has done for her is wonderful, and I am sure her words will inspire other readers. Many of the statements she makes have universal value, and it is easy for readers to find similarities with what they may have experienced in their own lives. McCain recounts her entire existence in these pages, and it is interesting to follow her from her childhood to the present day. Finally, it is great to read about McCain Whole Health Care and everything related to it. This is a book that helps readers focus on love and hope, and I am sure McCain’s story will be fascinating for all of them.” – 5 Star review, Astrid Iustulin for Readers’ Favorite

“Dr McCain is an Angel here in Earth. Her words are like Divine wisdom with grace. She empathizes with everyone who is lucky enough to cross her path, and offers a sense of calm, comfort and well being. Her words are the epitome of what it truly means to be a physician, one who cares , one who guides, one who listens. This book is a gift to us all as we read the words that came from her heart. You will NOT be disappointed and I encourage you to gift this book to everyone that you know. Dr.McCain is NOT your run of the mill physician, she is a true spirit who embraces the gift of grace that she has been so blessed with and shares with others.”- 5 star review, Mike Shank

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Meet Arlene McCain, MD

Dr. Arlene McCain is committed to partnering with individuals as they discern personal motivations for healthy change and passionately supports their inspired progress towards a thriving life.

Through integrative health coaching, she empowers and honors individuals as the ultimate experts in their healing journeys. Through the use of holistic therapies, she holds space for spiritual transformation. As a result of her dedication to these diverse modalities, she creates a safe and sacred space in which health and healing can emerge.

Dr. McCain has a whole health perspective that honors body, mind, and spirit. She earned graduate certification in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices: Health Coaching Track, through the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, and was one of the first nationally board certified health and wellness coaches (NBC-HWC) in the nation.

She also recognizes the importance of training future healthcare professionals. She serves as Educational Medical Director for Bridgewater College M.S. Athletic Training program, as well as Adjunct Professor for the JMU P.A. program.

Dr. McCain is a board-certified family physician and offers comprehensive medical care for all ages. She earned a B.S. in Biology and Minor in Theology from Georgetown University. She received her medical degree (M.D.) from Eastern Virginia Medical School and had her first son, Luke, during her second year. She remained for residency at EVMS-Portsmouth Family Medicine, had her second son, Blake, during intern year, and received the Intern of the Year award. She later received the Resident Teacher of the Year award, and served as Chief Resident from 2009-2010.

Above all, she is a heart-centered leader whose core value offer is Fierce High Service.

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Arlene McCain is the best family physician I’ve ever had. I most appreciate the empowering, whole-person blend of traditional and alternative options. She is deeply caring—and because I trust her completely, I can recommend her highly.”
Dr. McCain's whole-health approach to wellness is her life's work... What this means for patients: a doctor-patient relationship that is 10 times more truthful and authentic than one based only on the times we are sick... ”
I like and appreciate the time spent with each patient. I don't feel rushed in and out and I feel comfortable being able to talk about any and every issue I may have. The whole office makes me feel at ease.”
Dr. McCain treats the whole person and not just the disease. She listens so well and tries to meet the needs of the patient.”