BENEFITING: OPEN HEART MAGIC
Let's bring hospital magic to Michigan & help our kids through Open Heart Magic.
Since 2003 Open Heart Magic has brought magic, amazement and smiles to sick kids throughout nine hospitals in the greater Chicago area. Just this year alone, over 7,000 kids will receive one-on-one magic at their bedsides to help them laugh and feel better.
And you can help bring magic to Detroit & Ann Arbor.
The Inspiration: Justin Rochkind and his love of Magic
Justin Rochkind was 14 years old and a freshman at West Bloomfield (MI) High School when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. He passed away on July 10, 2004.
From the age of eight, Justin fell in love with magic. He practiced for hours each day and amazed his friends and adults with his sleight of hand illusions. He performed for children’s parties and hardly went anywhere without a deck of cards in his pocket. Magic helped sustain his emotions during his illness and gave him a sense of pride. While hospitalized at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Justin would bring smiles to the younger kids' faces with his illusions. He loved amazing them with his magic. David Copperfield even called Justin to talk “magician to magician” after Justin’s surgery. Justin's love of Magic is a key inspiration in bringing Open Heart Magic to Metro Detroit.
For kids undergoing medical treatment, magic has therapeutic value. According to research in education, social work, and psychology:
- Magic is a beneficial tool for gaining trust, decreasing tension, and establishing rapport when working with children and adolescents.
- Magic enhances patients’ cognitive functions, perception, neuromuscular and motivational skills.
- Magic is an innovative technique for reaching children who are scared, isolated and resistant to other forms of therapy.
- Magic is a means for utilizing the powerful benefits of humor and laughter both for the young patients and also their siblings and families who are undergoing some of the most stressful moments of their lives.
Using trained volunteer magicians, Open Heart Magic offers personalized and interactive bedside performances, and work with kids of all ages, regardless of physical or developmental restrictions. They offer support to kids who are in for a one-time ER visit, as well as patients undergoing long-term treatment for conditions such as pediatric cancer, childhood diabetes, heart problems, and pediatric heart transplants. OHM's performances also benefit the parents and siblings of these patients, who are experiencing the stress and uncertainty that illness brings as well.
Watch videos of the healing power of magic http://www.openheartmagic.org/your-stories/videos/
Open Heart Magic wants to serve sick children in hospitals throughout the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. Please help bring magic and amazement to our kids here in Michigan.
Open Heart Magic is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
If you would like to send a check, please mail your check payable to “Open Heart Magic” to the address below (please write “Michigan Kids” on the memo portion. Open Heart Magic is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Open Heart Magic – Michigan Fundraising
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
A special thanks to the Rochkind and Roman families for organizing this appeal.