Hi there! My name is Kelsey Cunniff and I am beyond excited to announce that I'm joining the charity team for Open Heart Magic.
Since February, I've been working really hard to become a magician to help bring hope, laughter, and happiness to children through bedside magic at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Now that I've graduated from Magic U and started volunteering in the hospital, I wanted to give back even more. This program is incredible and is something I hold very close to my heart. I will be running my 5th Chicago marathon and want to raise as much as I possibly can for this amazing cause. I can't thank you enough for your support!
A little bit more about Open Heart and where your donation goes:
Your donation will help bring magic and smiles to thousands of kids and their families at their bedsides and help grow programs at ten hospitals in the Chicago area in 2016. The funds raised by the Charity Team will fund expansion to new hospital partners and allow for significant growth – which means we get to see more kids. The Charity Team is one of the main reasons we were able to reach over 10,000 kids one-on-one at their bedside this year. Your support will have a huge impact.
Your contribution will help kids and their families at the following hospitals:
Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge
Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital
Lurie’s Children’s Hospital
Northwest Community Hospital
NorthShore Evanston Hospital
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Rush University Medical Center
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor
Open Heart Magic has pioneered an innovative way to reach children who are being treated for serious illness through the surprise, excitement and wonder of magic performed at their hospital bedside.
Our personalized interactions help children feel special, more confident and empowered during a scary and stressful time. By inviting them to be a part of the interaction, we energize kids and help them find the strength they need to heal. Because our Bedside Magic performances are one-on-one, we’re able to work with kids of all ages, regardless of physical or developmental restrictions. Our performances benefit the parents and siblings of these patients who are experiencing stress as well.
Open Heart Magic has seen incredible growth since its inception in 2004. The community of rock star volunteer magicians has grown drastically. In 2012 there were 38 magicians. And beginning in 2016, there are 120 magicians changing the hospital experience across Chicago.
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