Nominate Soaring Stars! Sometimes the best way to feel great is to share hope or inspiration with other families who are going through a similar experience. We invite you to be a SoaringStar and email us your story which we will share on our website with hundreds of hospitalized children. Or maybe you know of someone else, a boy or a girl who has overcome an obstacle in their lives to inspire others to be strong. By sharing these profiles of SoaringStars with millions of ill children, everyone will be inspired to see how “ordinary people are doing extraordinary things” to make our world a better place. To share your story please answer questions below and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include a photo of yourself.
Inspiration for SoaringStars: Paul Steven Miller was my best friend from college and he became my chosen brother. The Torah says “words from the heart, enter the heart.” Everyone who has ever spoken with Paul has been enhanced by this experience. Paul spent his whole career being a champion of disability rights and fighting for equality for people of all races, religions and abilities. Although he was born a dwarf, he never lived small or felt sorry for himself. He enjoyed life in a big way and loved to spend time with his family, his friends, and helping people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else. He was incredibly smart and he worked harder than anyone else just to prove that he was capable. And he was very capable. Paul Steven Miller worked for three Presidents: President Clinton, President George W. Bush, and President Obama. President Clinton appointed him to become a Commissioner of the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Council). For President Obama he managed appointments in the Department of Justice and positions relating to Disability Programs. What an impact he’s had on thousands of people’s lives.
SoaringStars Questions for Ill/ Special Needs Children:
- What makes you feel strong?
- What makes you feel happy or positive?
- When you are scared or down, how do you make yourself feel better?
- What are your favorite things? Hobbies? Interests? Things to do?
- What advice do you have for other kids in hospitals or those that are at home because of an illness?
- What is your favorite part about you? What would your parents or friends say makes you special?
- Tell us a little about your life. What illness do you have, how long have you been ill?
- Tell us your full name, address, age, and phone number. Please note: we will only include your first name and age in your profile on the website. We need this other information to send you the Soaringwords Youth Leadership Certificate. We are also profiling siblings, parents, caregivers, nurses, doctors, child life specialists, teachers and volunteers.
SoaringStars Questions for Siblings:
- Tell us about your life. What are your favorite things?
- How has having an ill/ special needs brother or sister affected you?
- What have you done to be helpful to your brother and sister? How does this make you feel?
- What advice do you have for other brothers and sisters with an ill/ special needs sibling?
- Tell us your full name, address, age, and phone number. Please note: we will only include your first name and age in your profile on the website. We need this other information to send you the Soaringwords Youth Leadership Certificate.
SoaringStars Questions for Parents of Ill Children/ Special Needs Children
- Describe your child’s illness or special needs.
- Describe his or her personality. What makes them unique.
- What makes you feel strong? Hopeful?
- How do you keep joy in your life?
- How do you maintain a positive attitude or hold onto gratitude? Do you have a motto, song, ritual that helps?
- How do you give yourself time in the midst of caring for your child and other responsibilities you manage that allows you to feel like yourself, even for a few minutes?
- What is the most unexpected thing you’ve discovered during this journey?
- What were or are the blessings or the most surprisingly nicest thing that your child/family experienced during this time?
- What advice do you have for other parents with ill/ special needs children? (List 10 things)
- What did your friends/ family /teachers/ classmates do that was helpful?
- What are the things that well-meaning people should NEVER say to an ill child/ special needs children?
- What are the things that people should NEVER say to parents of an ill child/ special needs children?
- Anything else you’d like to share?
Nominate a Nurse, Doctor, Child Life specialists, Volunteer or Teacher
Has there been a heroic person who has made a positive impact on the life of an ill or special needs child and his or her family? We want to know about these heroes who go “above and beyond” to inspire kids to “Never give up.” Send us a short paragraph explaining why this person is a SoaringStar. Please include their first and last name, their title, the hospital/school where they work/city and state. Please include a phone or email if you can. Send all responses to email@example.com