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.