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.

April Newsletter

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Dear Friends,
Here are the latest and greatest events going on at Soaringwords from Boston, New York and Toronto. We are proud to share a SoaringConcert featuring Clarissa Spata, a leading Australian Soprano live from Metropolitan Hospital. We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events, or better yet, create your own Soaringwords event that will benefit hospitalized children in your community.

Wishing you strength and Soaringwords,


Soaringwords News

Some recent Soaringwords events from January and February. Soaring with JetBlue
For the third year in a row, Soaringwords was the national non-profit partner for JetBlues’ Light Up a Life Initiative in 60 Blue Cities across the country and the Caribbean. Thousands of JetBlue Crewmembers decorated 2,100 SoaringQuilts® and visited with hospitalized children and families to share the love. MORE PHOTOS

Reaching Out

January and February was a busy time for Rachel Gorman, our new Director of Hospital Outreach & Wellness Education. She led Soaringwords’ Hospital Outreach programs for hundreds of patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Activities included SoaringDreamCatchers, and SoaringNamePoems. To celebrate Valentine’s Day we delivered our heart shaped SoaringPillows® to hospitalized children and families. MORE PHOTOS

Employee Team-Building

MDC-Partners, a wildly enthusiastic group of creative employees enjoyed team-building activities in NY and Toronto headquarters embracing hospitalized children at Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NY-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in NYC, Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto and five patients during their  treatment in the U.S. through the Global Medical Relief Fund. Many thanks to the BOOM! Communications team for the great video.

Soaring Mentors

Sallie Mae’s professional team mentored high school and college students from the Bottom Line at Sallie Mae’s Newton, MA offices. The program revolved around a Soaringwords’ Educational Outreach initiative that benefitted patients and their families at Boston Medical Center; The Ronald McDonald House of Boston; as well as homeless children and mothers residing at the Home for Little Wanderers. MORE PHOTOS

A Very Special Guest

Clarissa Spata, one of Australia’s leading Opera stars paid a visit and performed a song at Metropolitan Hospital in NYC.

SoaringStar – Norma Perez

As principal at Independent School 528, Norma Perez’ six year collaboration with Soaringwords enabled thousands of her students to become Youth Leaders through hands-on service projects. While she has enjoyed her first year of retirement, Norma has joined the Soaringwords team as our Volunteer Community Education Liaison Manager. Norma also co-facilitates Soaringwords Hospital Activities for children and families. Many thanks to  Norma for being so generous with her time and unwavering spirit! We are jazzed to have her on our team!

SoaringHealth & Wellness – Let’s Laugh

How many times a day do you laugh? If you are 3-5 years old, it is probably about 500 times. Unfortunately, if you are an adult, it is more likely to be less than 5 times a day. When we laugh, we are “in the moment”, without worry, breathing deeply and… healing our bodies. Since our bodies cannot differentiate between fake laughter and real laughter you can fake it and reap the same results (ease stress and anxiety, relax yourself and boost your immune system). Laughter Yoga has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6,000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries. Stay tuned for Soaringwords Laughter Yoga workshops and videos.

Touch Points

Contact Soaringwords to share a team-building event at your company, school or hospital. We are currently putting together “Take Your Child to Work Day” programs for April 26. Please let us know if you’d like Soaringwords to be the highlight of the day.
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