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Dear <<First Name>>

Recently, I spent a week at my mother's bedside as she underwent spinal surgery and worked her way to rehab. Over the past five years, I've been grateful to be a caregiver and advocate for my dad when he was hospitalized after several strokes. I would take the "night shift" and my mom would take the "day shift" so dad would always have one of us by his side. These hospital visits are a powerful reminder of what so many patients and families grapple with 24/7. Whenever I spend time in a hospital, I witness tremendous acts of kindness, generosity and resilience. Soaringwords is devoted to patients and their families who continue to make steps towards healing and wholeness. 
 
Sending you strength,
Lisa 
 

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


 

Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.
 

Take Your Child to Work Day


On Take Your Child to Work Day millions of children cut school to hang out at their parents’ offices. In companies around the country, we shared Soaringwords community service projects with employees’ children at Chubb, Cisco, Horizon Media and Schlesinger Associates. Since hospitalized children can’t participate in the fun, we decided to bring it to them by donating SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® decorated with inspirational messages and artwork. (Photo left: Schlesinger Associates, Photo right: Horizon Media NYC)
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Soaringwords in Cincinnati


Thank you to The Mayerson Foundation for sponsoring a Soaringwords' program in Cincinnati. We loved sharing a Character Strengths' activity with students at St. Francis Seraph Elementary School and Roger Bacon High School. All the gifts the students created were donated to children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati. 

Lisa Buksbaum visited the state of the art Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she read a book to patients and talked about kindness and paying it forward. 

While at Shriners we launched the Soaringwords + Zumba® class for patients, their families and the hospital professionals who care for them. Local TV anchor Tanya O'Rourke, Channel 9 WCPO, did a feature segment interviewing the student volunteers and patients at Shriners. MORE PHOTOS and ARTICLE


New Website Coming Soon!

Johnson & Johnson's Global IT group is busy at work on the Soaringwords.org re-design -- a project we've been dreaming about for a long time. We are excited that we will soon have a user-friendly, streamlined site to showcase our positive psychology videos, webinars and fun and therapeutic activities. We are grateful for the insights, creativity and expertise that is being built into the new solution.  
 
Photo: from left Greta Rozensweig, Elaine Dock, Lisa Buksbaum, Harrison Fischberg, Shahed Islam, Rachel Gorman, Jenna Chrisman. Thanks to Mario San Martin who is not in the photo.

Volunteers for GOOD


We were honored to be part of New York Life's celebration of Making Good Happen for 15 years. Volunteers in the New York City and Westchester offices stopped by to decorate a quilt and pillow for hospitalized children. We even got to enjoy cupcakes with the Soaringwords' logo. Carolin Fermin and her team think of everything! (Photo left: team leads Nina Deal and Arnyse Black; Photo Right: Greta, Lisa and Carolin Fermin).
 

Viacommunity Day


Rain and thundershowers could not dampen the spirits of dozens of Viacom employee volunteers. These people are so creative that it is outrageous.  As they rolled up their sleeves, suddenly the quilts and pillows came alive with Sponge Bob, Dora and a host of other cool Nickelodeon favorites. Soaringwords is proud to be part of the annual Viacommunity Day at the dazzling corporate headquarters smack in the middle of Times Square. MORE PHOTOS
 

SoaringNutrition

Our popular SoaringNutrition workshop invites school children and hospitalized patients to  "PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD!" These interactive classes teach adolescents how healthy foods are the best performance-enhancing nutrients around as we span all of the colors of the rainbow and link each color to specific health benefits and super-nutrition secrets. The workshop culminates with each participant making an art project to donate to a hospitalized child. In keeping with Soaringwords' "pay it forward" philosophy, each patient is then invited to make a SoaringNutrition art project to donate to another patient. The program teaches students that fruits and vegetables are building blocks for health.
 

Soaringwords + Positive Psychology

 
What a difference a year makes! Last year, I was preparing for graduation from the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program at UPenn. Since then, we've been busy APPLYING even more positive psychology into all Soaringwords' programs in order to enhance well-being. This summer, I will be presenting empirical findings from Soaringwords' research on improving patient well-being through acts of altruism and reciprocity:  European Positive Psychology Conference in Amsterdam (July 1-4), The Canadian Positive Psychology Conference at the gorgeous Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottowa, (July 17-18). Interested in positive psychology? Join me at both conferences.

(Photos: Presenting at the Positive Lab at University of Michigan while touring the school with my son, Josh)

SoaringSpotlight

We are thrilled to announce that Melissa Mace has joined our team as the Soaringwords + Zumba® Relationship Manager. A Social Worker and licensed Zumba® instructor with her own inspiring personal story, we couldn't have dreamed of a better person for this position. Melissa is organized, has a heart of gold and more energy than ten highly energetic people, making her the perfect person to manage this initiative around the world. Already 1,880 licensed Zumba® instructors have signed up to volunteer to bring free monthly classes to their local pediatric hospital or Ronald McDonald Houses.  
SoaringHealth & Wellness

Do you know the difference between wishing and hope? According to Dr. Shane Lopez, the leading hope expert in the world, "Hope is more active, wishing is more passive. Both require thinking about the future. The difference is that hopeful people think that the future can be better than the present and that they have the power to make it so." The "active ingredient" in hope gives patients and their loved ones a sense of agency that induces more hopeful feelings. Parents and healthcare professionals also have the power to inspire hope in others which can further elevate people forward beyond challenging situations.  Watch the full Soaringwords video here
 

Touch Points

Summer internship applications are open. Soaringwords has mentored more than 110 interns and we are looking for people who are intelligent, full of zest and curiosity, creative and want to make meaningful contributions. For internship information and application click here. 

Please contact us if you are interested in launching a team-building employee volunteer program, off-site, inspirational speaker or community event. Kindly contact lisa@soaringwords.org or call Greta at 646-674-7105 to set up a time to speak with us.

 

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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