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Dear <<First Name>>,

We had a beautiful Passover holiday this year with 18 people at the first night Seder and only immediate family for the second night celebration. Polishing the silver, chopping vegetables, making 17 pounds of brisket, three level gefilte fish loaves, setting the table with my grandma Ruth's Passover dishes brought back wonderful memories weaving me into a rich tradition. My younger son Josh came home from college, he and Jonathan are the best waiters in NYC. 

This year in addition to the joy of celebrating another holiday with family and "chosen family" I also experienced a wave of sadness. Passover was the last time I saw my brother Gary before he died 17 years ago. The grief caught me by surprise and lingered after the silverware was put away.

So I tried something new, I felt my feelings. Fully. I did not try to justify or rationalize my thoughts by remembering the amazing times we shared and how much we loved each other. I did not try to focus on all the blessings in my life and remind myself about the precious gift of each day. I know all these things. However, this time was different so I just sat with these sad feelings, cried a bunch and took a few warm baths and naps. My body really was grateful for that self-care and instead of rationalizing my grief, I was full of love and compassion for the part of me that misses my baby brother and only sibling. Sometimes the most powerful healing tool is to let go and feel all of your emotions. The reason I am sharing this experience is that it was truly a learning opportunity to be self-full and kind, to simply let go and cry. I have renewed gratitude and appreciation for the blessings of each day. And my heightened empathy for what other people might be experiencing in their lives as they grapple with serious illness makes me able to give them precisely what they need to experience that "the power to heal" resides inside each person.
Sending you strength and much love,
T.646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783, lisa@soaringwords.org


Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.

Take Your Child to Work Day

Soaringwords led 12 programs for this year's Take Your Child to Work day at our fabulous corporate partners' offices around the country. New York Life hosted programs in NYC, NJ, Tampa, Kansas City, Atlanta, Westchester, Austin, and Reno where 900 children decorated SoaringDreamBoxes with inspirational messages and artwork to brighten the hospital rooms of pediatric patients. At Boston Consulting Group (BCG) adorable future consultants generated ideas for the office of the future (e.g. fish tanks in every office and rocket ship lounges in the common areas!) and then decorated SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows for hospitalized kids. Employees' children at Presidio loved doing something kind and meaningful to embrace hospitalized children and their families by decorating quilts and pillows with bubble letters, sports motifs, animals and nature scenes. The day culminated in a party for 90 children at Cisco, where Soaringwords' offices are located. Everyone in the Cisco crew - our extended Soaringwords family - was thrilled to decorate the quilts and pillows and then dive into an ice-cream sundae celebration. Thanks to Earleen Clarke, Linda Costa and Lauren MacCallum, Laura McKail, Jennifer Jackson, and Pamela Autorino for helping us organize these wonderful events. More Photos

Volunteers for Good

We love our New York Life volunteers! Each month they come together for a couple of hours to inspire hospitalized children to "Never give up!"

In April, employees decorated 120 SoaringHats and we must say there are some really talented artists at New York Life. The hats are unique and gorgeous!!! Thank you once again to our amazing trio of team leaders: Dianna Buono, Donna Szeto and Roseann Marino! You ladies make it so enjoyable and easy for everyone to make a difference! We hope to see everyone at our next event -SoaringOrigami on May 19, please register on the New York Life intranet or email greta@soaringwords.orgMore Photos

Upcoming Soaring Events

2nd Annual Central Florida ZUMBA® Master Class for Soaringwords
Featuring ZJ™ Rony Gratereaux, ZJ™ Jenny Blackburn, ZJ™ William Bowman, ZJ™ Melissa Carias,Lourdes Leon, Justin Romero and all the Central Florida volunteers!
Saturday, May 14
Place: Deltona High School, 100 Wolf Pack Run, Deltona, FL 32725
Tickets: http://florida.brownpapertickets.com

Annual Viacommunity Day
Friday, May 20
9:00am – 1:00pm
Place: P.S.335X The Academy of the Arts
888 Rev J A Polite Avenue Bronx, NY 10459
Subway: 2, 5 to Prospect Avenue (30 min from Viacom office)
RSVP: Open to all Viacom employees. Please register on the Intranet or email greta@soaringwords.org

Canadian Positive Psychology Conference: Soaringwords Opening Night Party and Zumba® Master Class
Featuring ZJ™ Mylene Facchini and ZIN™ members:Jordan Leblond, Jonathan Benoit, Dexter Day Bustos, Adam Nuge 
Thursday, June 16
White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Time: 7pm-7:30pm make a SoaringSuperhero puppet for a hospitalized child
7:30pm-9pm Zumba® Master Class 
9pm-11pm After Party
Tickets: http://zumbacanada.brownpapertickets.com/

SOARING LOVE FEST pre-opening party at the Zumba® Instructor Convention   
Featuring Francesca Maria (photo top left) and her smash hit #LaLaLove! 
Wednesday, July 27 
3pm - 5pm
Place: Room S230 FH in the Convention Center (Orange County Convention Center), Orlando, FL 32819
RSVP: The event is free for registered convention attendees: http://soaringzumba.bpt.me

SoaringStar - Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai

When a parent has twins who both need open heart surgery it's unbearable. 

Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai is Soaringwords' volunteer co-captain at The Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and one of the most effervescent people we know. She spent many months with her newborn twins in the hospital for multiple surgeries. That's why she's so especially grateful to volunteer to share her warmth and talents with hospitalized kids and families through Soaringwords. Roxy says that leading the Soaringwords program is the "I love coming to the hospital to teach for one hour a month. I know what its like to be in the hospital and I love to give back to spread some cheer and joy. Its very rewarding to see the families happy and its very healing for me as well."  

And everyone smiles more broadly and stands a bit taller after being part of the experience. Thank you Roxy for your energy and radiance...its contagious! See Roxy dance with the patients: http://bit.ly/1q14nM5
SoaringHealth & Wellness

Angela Duckworth is a MacArthur Genius award recipient and one of the humblest people you'll ever meet. Her first-ever book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance launched on May 3 and is topping the best seller list. 

Soaringwords had the honor to shoot a special video with her at the 92nd Street Y. In this video she shares what young people can do to become more gritty; how parents can be loving and demanding when their children are hospitalized as a way to help them become grittier; and how paying-it-forward increases grit.  Watch Video

Find out how gritty you are by taking the Grit Score Quiz

Touch Points

We have three spots left in the Soaringwords Summer Intern program. Social media, video, research, employee engagement events, summer programs and galas, interns work on real-world projects and see the results of their contributions each week. We have already had 230 interns at Soaringwords and they've all done amazing things here to inspire ill children and families. Learn more here about the internship and download the application. 

We are honored and excited to be the Opening Celebration partner for several international conferences this Spring and Summer. Give me a call if your company would like to be a sponsor and get in front of thousands of attendees.

Call 646-674-7105 or email heal@soaringwords.org to share a team-building event at your company, school or hospital. 
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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