September Newsletter

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Dear Friends, I always loved Back to School rituals — buying new pencils, notebooks and new shoes! And, this fall, I am actually returning to school at the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program with 36 students from around the world. Penn is my alma-mater so it’s especially exciting to return to campus. During the next ten months, I’ll be spending one weekend each month in Philadelphia learning from the leaders of Positive Psychology and applying this knowledge to strengthen all of Soaringwords’ healing interventions in hospitals, schools and community centers. Wishing you much love, Lisa

Soaringwords + Zumba® Fitness = Love
Soaringwords was onsite at the Zumba® Fitness Instructor Convention in Orlando, 720 certified Zumba® Fitness Instructors signed up to teach monthly Zumba® Fitness classes to pediatric patients, Moms, Dads and nurses at children’s hospitals around the world.  MORE PHOTOS Mara, a fan of the Zumba® Fitness program and performer at ZUMBA® Fitness Concerts™, paid a visit to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx where she serenaded patients, parents, nurses and doctors while four dazzling Zumba® Fitness Instructors led a class and danced along. MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Soaringwords Ferries to Martha’s Vineyard
On August 3, children and teens at the Chilmark Community Center paired up with students attending the Beacon Academy to share a hands-on community service initiative to benefit hospitalized children on Martha’s Vineyard and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Everyone came together and enjoyed a Soaringwords service-learning program where volunteers decorated 100 SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® with inspirational messages and artwork to donate to ill children. MORE PHOTOS

Sharing Their Love

JPMorgan Chase employees in 43 branches in Louisville, KY participated in a community service project to embrace children at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Some employees got into the Olympic spirit and decorated sports themed quilts and pillows.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Health Getaway Lisa gave an inspirational talk at Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s annual Health Getaway at the beautiful Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, off the coast of Florida. 300 participants came together to improve their health and embrace the Nutritarian lifestyle. On the last day of the conference, attendees mentored 30 children from the Miller Boys & Girls Club. Together everyone enjoyed the hands-on service project decorating quilts and pillows, followed by a high-energy Zumba® Fitness class to celebrate health, fitness and joy. MORE PHOTOS
Congratulations to Carol Evans, CEO & Publisher and her incredible team at Working Mother Media on the 10th Anniversary of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women Conference. I’ve been to the conference each year and I am proud to be part of this community of leading professionals committed to celebrating diverse talent and perspectives in all facets of business. It was so inspiring to spend two days with so many wonderful people. (Left photo: Erin Jensen, Director, Labor Relations and Founder of Women’s Group Sam’s Club and Donald Fan, Senior Director Global Office of Diversity, Wal-Mart. Right photo: Michele Sample, Director, Oncology Operations, and Ronny L. Osi-Efa, Project Leader, Promotions, GlaxoSmithKline Global)

SoaringStar – Tobias

The best part of running Soaringwords is meeting amazing people like Tobias. I traveled to Baltimore to interview him and his 7 siblings for my upcoming book, Soaringwords the Power to Heal, inspiring stories of magnificent individuals who are overcoming life’s pain and obstacles. Tobias had a brain-tumor at age six which resulted in sight and hearing losses. Today he does calculations without flinching, remembers entire books by heart, and loves to tell corny jokes radiating light + love. He is currently a college student and one of the most positive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
SoaringHealth & Wellness Caregivers have multiple stressors in their lives balancing the needs of loved ones with illness, other family members, work demands and figuring out a way to spend some precious time on their own. Join us on Monday, November 5 for a Caring for the Caregiver of Children with Disabilities presentation with world-renown expert Dr. Catherine Lord. Lisa and Dr. Lord will be presenting live at the 92nd Street Y and the event will be shared via Telepresence with audiences in JCCs throughout North America. This program is made possible by a generous donation from the CVS Caremark Foundation.

Touch Points

Join Soaringwords on Make A Difference Day, the largest day of volunteering in the U.S. Soaringwords proud to be a national non-profit partner with USA Weekend and the Hands On Network.  We are hosting events around the country on Friday, Oct. 26 – Oct. 28. Let us know if you’d like to create your own event with friends, family and co-workers or join an existing event. Contact Soaringwords

July Newsletter

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Dear Friends: I just got back from four days in Maine where I visited my youngest son Josh in camp; he is growing by leaps and bounds. The nature was so rejuvenating and inspiring, and I enjoyed working on my book while overlooking the sea.
This summer is sizzling at Soaringwords and we’re not talking about the temperature here in New York City. We are busy creating a webinar for caregivers of children with disabilities, and launching Soaringwords Book Club in hospitals nationwide. We are also gearing up for Make A Difference Day in October, the largest volunteer day of the year. Hope you will send me an email or give me a call to see how you can get involved and share “The Power to Heal.” Together, we can inspire millions of ill children to “Never give up!”. Wishing you much love and Soaringwords,

Soaringwords News

Some recent Soaringwords events. Birthday Party Celebration
The best way to celebrate your birthday is to share your happiness with others and that’s what I did!  Here is a special thanks from Valerie Miles, Child Life Specialist at Lincoln Hospital Everyone enjoyed decorating the SoaringHats and spending time together.  They all loved receiving their pillows and blankets as it offers a sense of comfort. Your volunteers and interns did an amazing job transforming the playroom into a birthday party with the balloons, fresh fruit and healthy pies. It was a great way for our children and families to relax while leaving their cares behind.” MORE PHOTOS
Other Soaringwords activities at hospitals this summer included SoaringGardens® and Painted Rock Animals.

Hottest Concert of the Year

Would you like to see Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Shakira and dozens of Triple A List talent?! Thanks to our colleagues at iHeart Radio, Soaringwords is honored to offer special VIP concert tickets, including meet and greet after-party access to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. 100% of your ticket is a charitable donation to Soaringwords. Hope you can celebrate with us! LEARN MORE

Eat Your Greens

How many times have you heard “eat your veggies”? At Soaringwords we always knew the importance of eating your greens but after meeting Dr. Joel Fuhrman we started our office veggie challenge. Dr. Fuhrman is the New York Times best-selling author of Eat to Live, Super Immunity and Disease Proof Your Child. We are thrilled to collaborate with Dr. Fuhrman to create fun, educational and interactive material as part of SoaringNutrition, which will further inspire children and adults to embrace and enjoy a healthier life. If you want to bring SoaringNutrition to your company to reduce healthcare costs or to underwrite this project to reach millions of underserved children, give us a call.  Learn More

Soaring Mentors I.S. 229 students woke up bright and early on Saturday June 16 to volunteer and inspire hospitalized children to “Never give up!” They teamed up with super cool JPMorgan Chase employees at the JCC of Manhattan. Together they decorated quilts and pillows and participated in the dance jam lead by one of our favorite Nia teachers, Thomas Estler. MORE PHOTOS
MDC-Partner interns mentored 5th grade students from PS64 at their school in lower Manhattan. Together they celebrated the end of the school year and participated in Soaringwords’ day of service, working together in small groups to create SoaringJokes books, flip books, SoaringSongs® and social media content, all to be shared with hospitalized children and their families. The day was fun, creative and inspirational.

SoaringStar – Thomas Estler

Thomas Estler is a long time Soaringwords volunteer and is a whirlwind of energy and love. Traveling to several states, Thomas has led Soaringwords dance jams for many years. Whether darting through the gym, dancing on a picnic table top in New Orleans, leading workshops in hospitals or representing Soaringwords at a JetBlue or Facebook event, Thomas shines. Thomas’s struggle with childhood illness and obesity led him to his adult passion for health and fitness. Thank you for sharing your great enthusiasm, compassion and love of life. Your energy is contagious!
SoaringHealth & Wellness Have you ever heard of the term Nutritarian? As Dr. Joel Fuhrman taught us recently, a Nutritarian is a person whose food choices are influenced by nutritional quality. A Nutritarian strives for more micro-nutrients per calorie in their diet and they recognize that food has powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects. For optimal health and to combat disease (imagine having no sick days anymore), start adding foods into your diet that pack a lot of nutrition into each bite (especially green vegetables, mushrooms, onions, and fresh fruit). Sadly, in the Standard American Diet (SAD), less than 5% of the total caloric intake comes from vegetables and fruits. Nutritarians strive to consume at least 90% of their diet from nutrient rich foods, which science tells us will lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This is most certainly food for thought!

Touch Points

Make A Difference Day-The Largest Day of Volunteering is on October 26-28. We invite everyone to Dance, Decorate and Donate. Contact us at Soaringwords if you’d like to share this powerful employee engagement initiative with your company nationwide or globally.