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Dear <<First Name>>,

Fall is one of the greatest transitions of the year. Slow summer days gently roll out to sea replaced by more grounded back-to-school rituals and routines. Speaking about the passage of time, Jacob and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Actually we agreed to postpone the celebration choosing to spend that weekend with his amazing 95-year-old mother who lives in Toronto.
It was a great privilege to have meals together, spend time outside as we pushed her around the block and to sit around dining room table playing 32 games of Rummykub (we really did play 32 games in three days). While her body is slowing down, she wins 95% of all games since her mind is sharp as ever. 

Everyday is precious, filled with micro-moments to experience tremendous gratitude if you are open to “see” them. My younger son Josh came home from Emory University for the first time to enjoy the holidays with the family. I never appreciated hugs, walking to the corner store or having a meal with him as much as I did on this first "college man" visit home.

Wishing you a glorious fall season of health and healing.
 
Much love,
Lisa

T.646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783, lisa@soaringwords.org


 

Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.
 

Back to School


NY Life teamed up with Soaringwords to bring “Back to school joy” to hospitalized kids.
 
Even though most children jump for joy at the chance to miss school for a snow day or vacation, when a child is hospitalized and has to miss the first day of school, that’s a hard thing for everybody. New York Life employee "Volunteers for Good" came together and decorated SoaringToteBags and SoaringBookMarks with incredible artwork and messages. Thank you to our tireless + hardworking team leads Dianna Buono, Donna Szeto and Roseann Marino for organizing this wonderful Back to School Project! You ladies give it your all! Every SoaringToteBag was filled with school supplies (crayons, pencils, notebooks, glue, rulers...). We can't wait for the next visit to New York Life! MORE PHOTOS

Presidio Rocks the House


We loved connecting Presidio employees and Zumba Fitness volunteers for two special events in Orlando and Tampa! Together, we decorated SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® for children who are getting treatment at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and Florida Hospital for Children. Thank you to team leaders Scott Carlson & Anthony Panella.

Zumba 


When 5,000 sweaty, passionate Zumba instructors converged for the global Zumba® Fitness Instructor Convention in Orlando, sparks flew. Photo (left) Zumba co-founder Beto Perez with Lisa Buksbaum & Thomas Estler.  

Four years strong, Soaringwords is honored to be a collaboration partner with Zumba® Fitness, as hundreds of instructors lead monthly Soaringwords' arts and crafts projects and customized Zumba® classes for hospitalized children.

The two emotional highlights of this year's convention were the Soaringwords' LoveFest for 125 volunteers that kicked off our convention celebration and the creation of new videos with local children dancing to Francesca Maria's Zumba High song (which is one of our theme songs in hospitals worldwide).

We loved meeting new and old friends at the Convention, and taking many photos together. See if you can spot yourself in this photo album
 

Soaringwords' Soiree


Live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails!

It's Soaringwords' second annual soiree and we are pulling out all the stops to make this an evening to remember. We are honoring outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to help embrace hospitalized children and their families. 

Date: November 18, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Basketball City, Pier 36 (299 South Street) New York City
Tickets: Space is limited, please get your tickets today! $25 http://soaring.bpt.me

SoaringStars - Linda Harper

What happens when you mix water, Zumba Fitness and a bubbly blue-haired Kiwi from New Zealand together? You get Linda Harper a dynamo who (along with the fabulous Bev Easton) brought Soaringwords to New Zealand. Linda must have been a dolphin in a prior incarnation. She came to fitness late in life while recovering from a debilitating illness and found water exercise was a key element in her recovery. 

Linda leads monthly Soaringwords + Zumba® classes at The Wilson Center for Children with Disabilities. She has put together a strong, passionate volunteer team  and even got a Zumba celebrity Prince to volunteer.

We were also very impressed to find out that she teaches six weekly classes, three that start before 6:30 am and the rest start before 9:30! Is there anything this woman cannot do?

We are truly grateful to have Linda as a friend and a Soaringwords champion!
SoaringHealth & Wellness

Other people matter. This was the mantra of Dr. Chris Peterson a world-renowned Positive Psychologist. When a child is hospitalized or absent from school he misses daily interaction with friends and classmates, or family dinners with siblings. 
Dr. George Valliant in his groundbreaking research study measured two cohorts. The first group of participants in his study consisted of 237 college students from Harvard. The second group of participants were 332 disadvantaged non-delinquent inner-city youth from Boston. Here's the amazing fact, Dr. Valliant studied these people for 68 years to measure how the participants overcame traumatic childhoods of abuse or neglect (Vaillant & Mukamal, 2001).  It was not education, zip code, social status or even good health. The number one variable that was tied to participants’ ability to experience greater well-being was the presence of one loving or supporting person in their lives. Think about this stunning finding. It just takes one loving or supportive person to allow someone to overcome childhood trauma. That one person is each one of us. Valliant and his collaborators conclude “Love is the amazing realization that another person actually means as much or more to me than myself” That's why all of the Soaringwords' activities invite ill children and volunteers to pay-it-forward and make something positive to cheer someone else. Who knows, that SoaringHaiku you just made could be the one thing that creates a positive shift in the life of an ill child.

Touch Points

Martin Luther King National Day of Service is on January 18, 2016. For the third consecutive year, Soaringwords will be leading hundreds of Accenture DC employees in a meaningful project to benefit hospitalized children.

Call 646-674-7105 or email heal@soaringwords.org to share a team-building event at your company, school or hospital. 
 
Bring Soaringwords to your holiday celebrations. Order your SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows to transform your family's Thanksgiving into a true day of gratitude. Click here to order.
Soaringwords' mission is to lessen the negative impact of serious illness by embracing hospitalized children, families and staff, encouraging positive health and healing. Soaringwords provides fun, creative and educational activities both in person and online based on positive psychology concepts that enhance well-being in the midst of illness. Soaringwords is unique because it is the only organization that motivates ill children and their families to "pay it forward" which fosters altruism, reciprocity, empathy, well-being and resilience. 

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