Make The World of Only Make Believe A Reality!

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One of my favorite movies of all time (yes, I know this is a very bold statement) is Finding Neverland. Based on the story of Peter Pan, it’s message that speaks to the kid in all of us — you’re never too old to dream.

Dena Hammerstein, founder of Only Make Believe, created this non-profit organization after her late husband, James Hammerstein and for his passion & dedication towards theater. Since 1999, Dena & the Only Make Believe team have brought paid professional actors/theater performers to hospitals of chronically ill & disabled children. At these hospitals, the actors will put together an interactive performance where the children can also participate and perform.

Supported by celebrity actors such as Jude Law, Rachel Weisz & Mike Myers, what started as a one hospital event at NYU Langone Medical Center is now extensive performances in over 50 hospitals all over New York City and Washington DC!

Memorable moments like the ones with Only Make Believe prove that laughter can be the best medicine. These performances help give these children hope & happiness for a present & future filled with imagination!

If you’re feeling inspired & would like to get involved, find out how you can be a part of the world of imagination!

The National Bone Marrow Donor Program Wants You To Be The Match

Meet Zoe. There’s 68,999 people with her name, has been alive for 8,238 days and averages about 28 Facebook Posts each month.

My Social Strand, the latest and greatest in social media technology, was created by non-profit Be The Match. It was created to consolidate a Facebook user’s data in efforts to organically take them to registration for the National Bone Marrow Donation database.

Rather than be too overt with information surrounding bone marrow transplants/illness, Be The Match wanted to take a more savvy approach by drawing in a young demographic active in the Facebook/social media landscape. By connecting users with their own stats, it will hopefully give people a simple reason to help others.

*Reference article – via Mashable

Help Paul Punch MS In The Face – NYC MS Walk Sunday April 29!

I urge you to please support my friend, Paul Travers, as he continues to Punch MS in the face! Last summer, Paul joined over 400,000 others in the US when he was diagnosed with MS.  The illness hasn’t stopped him from fighting and doing living every day to its fullest (for which he knows very well as his mother was also diagnosed with MS three years ago.)

On Sunday April 29, join him, his wife Dayna and the rest of Paul’s Punchers while they walk with other teams around NYC South Street Seaport to show their support! If you aren’t able to make it, visit their donation site where you can get them closer to their goal (they’ve already reached over 50% of their goal – help them reach their goal!!)

Don’t live in NYC? Not to fear! There are various walks in the Tri-State area that you can register up for on Saturday April 28 or Sunday the 29th.

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A Week in The Life of the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the most respected and successful organizations pioneering the fight against breast cancer, has come under serious controversy after attempting to cut their ties (and more importantly, funds) to Planned Parenthood and their work to provide efficient cancer screenings to individuals who lack money/resources to get one.

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Reports began surfacing Tuesday that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was no longer going to provide financial support to Planned Parenthood and their . While the finer details of the reasoning are murky, Planned Parenthood believed this decision was driven by political pressures since Conservatives have been fighting against female reproductive rights since Roe vs. Wade.

Millions of individuals worldwide took it on as their personal mission to post, e-mail, fights and protests amongst all different platforms. Planned Parenthood probably saw the highest numbers in donations ever during this time (including NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who donated $250,000 after the announcement.)

We find ourselves to this morning, where the Foundation has announced that they will cotninue financial support to Planned Parenthood. The following announcement was spoken by President Cecile Richards:

“In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women.  We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers.  What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.”

Although it seems that the relationship has been restored, this will definitely put a bad taste in women and liberal activists’ mouths. There are many details to support that this situation was motivated by conservative individuals at the top of the Komen Foundation food chain who are connected to conservative politicians.

My hope is that we can all move past the issue and get back to the important matters: thousands of lives have been saved by this relationship and it should continue this way with the support of both sides.

Related Articles

CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57371169-503544/susan-g-komen-reverses-course-will-keep-funding-planned-parenthood/

Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/0203/Susan-G.-Komen-Foundation-relents-Planned-Parenthood-grants-restored-video

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/susan-g-komen-foundation-website-hacked-planned-parenthood_n_1250647.html

LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-komen-backlash-20120203,0,693195.story

Musicians on Call Presents..Volunteer Spotlight Night!

Musicians on Call, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart, is celebrating its first annual Volunteer Spotlight Night!

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On Thursday, Feb 23, spend the $10 you would normally buying drinks at a random bar and take it to the heart of NYC and its music scene (The Living Room, Lower East Side) to enjoy some acoustic performances by some of MOCs dedicated talented volunteers.

Your $10 cover will benefit directly to Musicians on Call – an organization that brings music to hospital patients at their bedsides. Don’t miss this great event to check out great music and be a part of a great organization!

Don’t worry if you are unable to come!  Visit their website to learn more and what you can do to be involved!

Photoshop or Not to Photoshop? That is The Question

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[image via consumerist.com] When you see this image, what are you thinking? Probably that this guy’s leg was amputated due to obesity, right? FALSE! The New York City Department of Health paid for a stock image of a man “seemingly” … Continue reading

Join YJP and The Friendship Circle For A Great Cause

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PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE!  (Enter code name JESSICALEVINE for a discount!) Who: YJP (Young Jewish Professionals) & The Friendship Circle What: YJP Winter Gala & Chinese Auction Where: Manhattan Motorcars (270 11th Avenue btw 27 and 28 streets) New York City … Continue reading