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Dear Friends,

As many of you know, on December 4 my loving father, Charlie Honig, died in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was a force in my life. And he will always be the hero of my life. He infused everything with conviction, integrity and determination. 

The Torah speaks of Kings, prophets, matriarchs and patriarchs but the highest honor of all is the Keter shem: “The crown of a good name.” My father was royalty. His crown was forged from a lifetime of good deeds, his pure soul, and his distinctively positive character.

One of the guiding principles of Charlie’s life was to NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP!

Despite two bouts of fourth stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, losing his only son Gary to an asthma-induced heart attack at age 35, and then having five strokes, becoming totally paralyzed, and loosing his ability to speak in full sentences, he relearned how to walk and talk only to have subsequent strokes strip away all that hard-won progress. Throughout these past eight years everything was stripped away to Charlie’s essence. What was left was his indomitable spirit, his inner strength, his boundless gratitude, and most of all, LOVE.  

Charlie never became angry or despondent.
Charlie never complained.
He never lost his dignity. He hated when I cut his food, and insisted on feeding himself. 
With his faux tuxedo bib, he was elegant and courageous.
He always persevered and triumphed. 
Many people have asked to read the eulogy so here it is

May his life and memory continue to inspire me so that I can dedicate the rest of my days to inspiring ill children and their families to heal and being a source of love and light to people in need of hope. 

If you are feeling a bit stressed and need to rejuvenate yourself, please join me and other leading experts including Barbara Fredrickson, Todd Kashdan, and Joan Borysenko at the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit at the Kripalu Center in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Stockbridge, MA. On May 1-4 we'll explore an embodied experience of whole-person well-being and the science of love. You'll learn research-based tools for cultivating love and happiness and practice those tools through movement, play, meditation, yoga, and more. I will be leading a SoaringImagery session. Learn more and register here.

Wishing you strength and love,
T.646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783, lisa@soaringwords.org


Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.

Showing Love on Veterans Day 

Soaringwords was honored to be part of Accenture's National Day of Service in Washington D.C. Lisa kicked off the program with a keynote about the healing power of resilience. Then 300 employees from Accenture Federal Services jumped into Soaringwords' signature community service project hosted at the Edlavitch JCC of Washington D.C. Together, volunteers decorated 100 SoaringQuilts® and 100 SoaringPillows® with inspirational messages and artwork for patients and families at Children's National Health Service. The day ended with a high-energy Zumba® class lead by the fabulous instructors Megan Hernandez, Teonna Lonon, Blair Bogle and Tarif Lee. More Photos

Cisco Networking Academy

We’d like to thank Cisco Networking Academy for its participation in Cisco’s Global Service Week. Thank you to Michelle Ragusa, our energetic Soaringwords' team captain (all year long) for volunteering with Soaringwords at Albany Medical Center.

"Today was Day 1: Soaringwords, an amazing non-profit organization which I help co-lead with Karen Stern every other month at Albany Medical Center. The mission is to provide a support network for ill children and their families including feature stories, creative expressive arts projects, counseling, and gifts. Each time we teach an hour of Zumba and lead a different Soaringwords’ Arts and Crafts project to help these kids fighting get a break and some fun. I am thankful to give these precious angels some fun from their fight. I look forward to all of the super events this week. I am grateful for my company fostering a culture that supports opportunities such as this to partner with amazing not-for-profit organizations such as Soaringwords. The smile tells it all :)” 

Thank you for your contribution! It does not go unnoticed!

New York Life

Since 2002, we have been collaborating with the best volunteers at New York Life Insurance. Each month, employees come together to create Soaringwords' inspirational art projects for hospitalized children. Projects include SoaringHatsSoaringGardens, SoaringWishBoxes, SoaringJokebooksSoaringDreamCatchers and many more. Many THANKS to our incredible, strong team-leads Kyle Eng, Judy Leung and Jessica Saavedra.

We hope to see everyone at our upcoming New York Life office events on March 15 in Jersey City and March 17 in NYC. Please register on the New York Life intranet or email greta@soaringwords.org.  

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Empirical Research Study 

News flash! We just received approval from the University of Pennsylvania Internal Review Board (IRB) to launch an empirical research project to measure the impact of Soaringwords' positive interventions on pediatric patients. Our goal is to collect data and impressions from 2,000 pediatric patients. Special thanks to Sheri Sobrato, coauthor of Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges, for underwriting this project. This study aims to provide validation of two interventions among hospitalized children and adolescents: (1) the creation of an inspirational message/artwork for another person (2) participation in a Zumba® class customized for hospitalized children. Our wonderful Soaringwords + Zumba® volunteers have been sharing monthly expressive arts projects and dance classes with hospitalized children for the past five years. This empirical study will give us the data to measure self-reported health, hope, gratitude, positive affect, meaning and purpose. If your hospital site would like to participate in the Soaringwords’ research please contact us at Lisa@soaringwords.org.

If you are a Zumba Instructor and would like to volunteer with Soaringwords, please register for our next Training session on Wednesday, April 19 at 8pm EST. Click here to register. 


JPMorgan Chase 

JPMorgan Chase volunteers in Long Island and Jersey City participated in the annual ChaseGoodWorks Soaringwords' event. Together they decorated SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® to benefit children and families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses in the region. Thank you to our wonderful team-leads Marianne Schapanick and Christina Brandi for bringing everyone together, and sharing kindness and love with children and their families. 

SoaringStar - Megan Hernandez

Megan Hernandez is Soaringwords' volunteer team-lead at the Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, VA and one of the most positive people we know (and we know a lot of positive folks!). 

Megan says, "I'm always amazed how much Soaringwords affects the families as well as the nurses and doctors. The families always thank us for giving them a reason to leave the hospital room. It's wonderful how something as simple as the activities and dance class transforms a tough situation for the children and their families."

When Megan is not leading Zumba classes she loves creating gourmet desserts, specifically entremets which are half globe concoctions filled with delicious things such as milk chocolate mousse, chocolate chips and pretzel bits covered in a salted caramel mirror glaze which is so shiny you can actually see your refection in the dessert.

Megan you are a woman of many talents and we are so honored and grateful to have you in our lives! Thank you for sharing your positive attitude with children and families!
SoaringHealth & Wellness

Do you know how to take care of yourself? If you’re like most people it’s easier for you to take care of other people than to take care of yourself. Lisa created a new word called SELF-FULL and our newest video explains how to give yourself more self-compassion, especially if you or someone in your family is ill because that’s when it is essential to take really good care of yourself so you can stay resilient and hopeful. Click here to see a short, whimsical video and enjoy being Self-full!

Touch Points

On Thursday April 27, millions of children will be cutting school to hang out at their parents’ offices. Soaringwords is organizing Take Your Child to Work Day events for corporate supporters around the country. This initiative has been rated the highlight of the day Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, New York Life and many others. Since hospitalized children can’t participate in the fun, the SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® decorated with inspirational messages and artwork are donated to hospitalized children. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2j6VihG

If you want to learn how your organization can benefit from our turn-key service programs that can be shared nationwide, call 646-674-7105 or emaiheal@soaringwords.org.
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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