I'll be participating in Yoga Reaches Out for so many reasons. The event may be virtual, but the need is very real.
I have the honor of working for Boston Children's Hospital – and each day I am amazed, inspired, and moved by the strength of the patients and families. These patients undergo the most difficult challenges...and they still laugh and dream. These parents are facing situations and emotions no parent should have to face…and they do it all with courage and grace. They are incredible. I hear their stories, get to know them, and I want to move mountains to help.
The medical care and research are the top in the world. Clinicians here are bringing passion and creating solutions for cases that no one else can solve. They are, quite simply, giving answers and hope to families around the world.
Beyond the amazing science, there is something so unique about Boston Children’s. Entire teams of caregivers focused on caring for the entire family. When you have a sick child, absolutely nothing else matters. Not your job. Not your own health. Not the last time you ate or showered. But staff here at the hospital are thinking about the mom who hasn’t slept. The dad who hasn’t left bedside. The parents who do nothing to care for themselves, because their sole focus is to care for their child.
I had practiced yoga casually before, but I really “found” yoga when I began my journey to become a mom and was taking a prenatal class. Suddenly, the mental space and focus – even through challenging times – that yoga teaches clicked with me.
Now as a mom, practicing yoga continues to bring perspective, space, patience and strength into my life…some things I’m learning every mom needs.
Especially moms – and dads— that have a kid in the hospital.
So money I raise through Yoga Reaches Out will help fuel the Wellness Program, providing yoga, Reiki and meditation to parents, siblings and family members so they can be their best for their sick child. And it will also help the Every Child Fund…very simply, just whatever the hospital needs most.
I hope if you’re able, you’ll make a donation to help support my efforts.