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Central Florida Soaringwords

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BENEFITING: SOARINGWORDS INC

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Dance can transform a hospitalized child's day and inspire each patient to heal. Imagine the joy and laughter as pediatric patients are greeted by caring Zumba® Instructors in hospitals worldwide. When a child is ill, the whole family is in crisis. Hospitalization is a stressful and painful experience for a child with limited opportunities for choice and control. The change in daily routine, including limited play and physical activity, adds to the stress and isolation. Pediatric patients are isolated from family, friends, classmates, and a sense of community. Making an art project and enjoying a dance class enables patients to experience well-being and joy. Soaringwords’ mission is to embrace hospitalized children, families and staff, encouraging positive health and healing. Founded in 2001, Soaringwords reaches out to these children and their families both in person and online, providing fun, creative and educational modules based on Positive Psychology concepts that enhance well-being. Soaringwords is unique because it is the only organization that motivates children and their families to “pay it forward” and engage in projects to support other children, taking positive action that fosters altruism, reciprocity, empathy, well-being and resilience. In 2012, Zumba Fitness CEO Alberto Perlman met Lisa Buksbaum, CEO & Founder of Soaringwords. They had a “meeting of the minds” and realized that it would be amazing to invite ZIN™ members to share love and passion with hospitalized children to inspire them to dance and experience some joy, even in the midst of serious medical challenges. The response from thousands of hospitalized children, their caregivers, and hospital professionals has been overwhelmingly positive. Please make a donation and help bring healing power of dance, movement, laughter, and community to transform the lives of pediatric patients. Benefits of Soaringwords + Zumba for hospitalized children: •Enhances meaning, resilience, empathy, agency, altruism and hope •Promotes physical and psychological healing through movement and community •Decreases stress •Works on physical goals such as walking and balance •Helps patients develop positive friendships and connections •Builds community by bringing all parents, children and hospital staff together to have fun •Reinforces the idea that its okay to just be yourself and dance like no one is watching •Models the importance of movement and fitness •Combats the risk of childhood obesity​ Other ways you can help: 1. Please share this campaign. Our cause is by no means limited to our zip code. Soaringwords works with ill children and their families all around the world. 2. "Like" Soaringwords on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Soaringwords 3. If you are a licensed Zumba® Gold/ Zumba® Kids/Zumba® instructor and would like to volunteer please click here. EIN: 06-1602568 • www.soaringwords.org

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