Tara is a ray of sunshine with an enormous heart. She was a passionate team captain leading many JetBlue crewmembers in the annual Light Up a Life employee volunteer program where employees decorated hundreds of SoaringQuilts to donate to hospitalized kids in 65 cities throughout North America and the Caribbean. Tara also was a volunteer for Soaringwords’ Make A Difference Day, where she and her son Justin participated in a dance jam to benefit ill kids. When Tara’s son Justin became paralyzed from a cancerous growth on his spine, the mother and son lived in the hospital and rehabilitation center for two years. To cheer up Justin, Tara’s co-workers sent him a customized quilt to brighten up his hospital room. Justin was also unanimously voted by the nurses and Child Life staff as the Mayor of the Ninth Floor. It is not surprising that Tara has also become a well-loved source of strength and comfort for all of the patients and their parents who look to her for support, hugs and her deep faith and wisdom. Tara and Justin are featured in Lisa’s first book SOARING into Strength: The New Science Approach to Help You Heal. On behalf of everyone at Soaringwords, we salute you Tara and we love you.