Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers
Dec
8
3:30 PM15:30

Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers

This experiential workshop for caregivers will share basics on a variety of energy healing techniques that can bring stress relief and relaxation while supporting the body's natural ability to heal. Caregivers will learn gentle ways to care for themselves and their children. More details coming soon!

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We'll Wrap Your Gifts For You While You Choose A Book For A Local Family
Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

We'll Wrap Your Gifts For You While You Choose A Book For A Local Family

If you bring your presents to Barnes & Noble in Arlington, we will wrap them for you! We’ll have a table and look forward to talking with you. While not necessary in order to have your gifts wrapped, we also welcome your purchasing a book for a local family we’re supporting. We hope you can join us for this festive occasion!

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Valentine's Day Card Making With Kids For Kids
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Valentine's Day Card Making With Kids For Kids

Take your kids to a fun, community-based volunteer activity where they can give a boost to local children who have to spend Valentine’s Day in the hospital. We’ll be making Valentine’s Day cards together, which Eliana’s Light will deliver to our partner medical centers (Children’s National Medical Center, Inova Children’s Hospital, HSC Pediatric Center, John’s Hopkins Children’s Center, the Children’s Inn at NIH, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute).

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Book Talk with Dr. Joanna Breyer at National Press Club
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Book Talk with Dr. Joanna Breyer at National Press Club

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Joanna Breyer on When Your Child Is Sick: A Guide to Navigating The Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill. $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.press.org/events/npc-headliners-book-event-joanna-breyer-what-do-when-your-child-sick?fbclid=IwAR0oAW8qLOsauLL2TKubz0EN3whMrAs9uii5hkpbUnAqtb0QZ7Ehj2l2Aa0#tickets.

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Sips, Sweets and Sparkles
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sips, Sweets and Sparkles

Join us and the DC Area Moms Blog for Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles ✨ events for moms on November 8th from 10am - 12pm OR 6pm - 8pm at @kendrascott in Georgetown. Two events in one day! (We are trying to be available for SAHM/WAHM moms in addition to moms that are more available in the evening). As part of our #shine campaign, please bring a toiletry Eliana’s Light will include in a customized Constellation Kit for moms of children with complex medical conditions.

Please come—tix on sale now! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dcareamomsblog/205256/

Thank you, DC Area Moms Blog and Kendra Scott, for your support and collaboration!

We will have Sips, Sweets, Mingling, and ideas for holiday Shopping. Each ticketed attendee will receive a swag bag, a chance to win giveaways from local businesses, and a 15% discount code at the Kendra Scott register. .
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Some of the GIVEAWAYS are from @littlebirdiesboutique , Meals from @vegetableandbutcher , Class passes to the @tlgarlingtonva (the Little Gym), Simone Visits the Museum book @simoneshinesdc , The Sheep Who Could Not Leap book, Gift baskets, and more!
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Each ticketed attendee will receive a SWAG BAG with coupons, samples, and passes from places like @badlandsplay , Little Birdies Boutique, @thedoughjar and more! 💕💕
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PLUS moms will get their make-up touched up by Valerie Hammer (@mizchynuhdoll ) 💄 and Kristina Sherk @shark_pixel will take photos of our fun event! 📷 👇
Be sure to grab a ticket, grab a friend and enjoy some socializing with fellow moms! Can't wait to see you! 
Big thanks to Kendra Scott for hosting us and for all of the businesses involved! Be sure to show your event ticket on your phone to receive your 15% discount at the register! .

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Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles

Join us and the DC Area Moms Blog for Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles ✨ events for moms on November 8th from 10am - 12pm OR 6pm - 8pm at @kendrascott in Georgetown. Two events in one day! (We are trying to be available for SAHM/WAHM moms in addition to moms that are more available in the evening). As part of our #shine campaign, please bring a toiletry Eliana’s Light will include in a customized Constellation Kit for moms of children with complex medical conditions.

Please come—tix on sale now! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dcareamomsblog/205256/

Thank you, DC Area Moms Blog and Kendra Scott, for your support and collaboration!

We will have Sips, Sweets, Mingling, and ideas for holiday Shopping. Each ticketed attendee will receive a swag bag, a chance to win giveaways from local businesses, and a 15% discount code at the Kendra Scott register. .
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Some of the GIVEAWAYS are from @littlebirdiesboutique , Meals from @vegetableandbutcher , Class passes to the @tlgarlingtonva (the Little Gym), Simone Visits the Museum book @simoneshinesdc , The Sheep Who Could Not Leap book, Gift baskets, and more!
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Each ticketed attendee will receive a SWAG BAG with coupons, samples, and passes from places like @badlandsplay , Little Birdies Boutique, @thedoughjar and more! 💕💕
👀👀
PLUS moms will get their make-up touched up by Valerie Hammer (@mizchynuhdoll ) 💄 and Kristina Sherk @shark_pixel will take photos of our fun event! 📷 👇
Be sure to grab a ticket, grab a friend and enjoy some socializing with fellow moms! Can't wait to see you! 
Big thanks to Kendra Scott for hosting us and for all of the businesses involved! Be sure to show your event ticket on your phone to receive your 15% discount at the register! .

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Race for Every Child
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Race for Every Child

Join us for this year’s Race for Every Child to raise money for integrative care services at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The 5K Race will take place in downtown, Washington, DC. We hope you can join us to support a whole health approach to pediatric medical care, and show your engagement in our community.

To register, please type in “Eliana’s Light” into the team’s name box when you visit: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/TRR/FundraisingTR/Race2018/1405133925?pg=tfind&fr_id=1200.

If you can’t attend but want to donate to this effort, you can donate to our team through our team captain, Whitney Ortiz, via this link: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/Donation2?9717.donation=form1&idb=583101294&df_id=9717&FR_ID=1200&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=1407496&PROXY_TYPE=20.

Please email us if you have any questions: info@elianaslight.org. Thank you!

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CTSI Science Cafe:From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

CTSI Science Cafe:From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families

  • 625 Monroe Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20017 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Eliana’s Light for a conversation with practitioners and members of our community on “From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families”. The Clinical & Translational Science Institute, of which Eliana’s Light is a member of its Community Advisory Board, is organizing this opportunity to exchange and learn.

The featured speakers are: Lanre O. Falusi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute of Children’s National Health System and Kathleen Roche, MSW, PhD, an Associate Professor at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health with a focus on Latino families. Drs. Falusi and Roche will discuss the latest research on how immigration news and actions impact the health and well-being of Latina/o youth and families. A community member will join Drs. Falusi and Roche to discuss the importance of this research to the immigrant community. 

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Cooking with Caregivers and Kids
Sep
22
3:30 PM15:30

Cooking with Caregivers and Kids

Join us for a fun and interactive cooking class for caregivers and kids! You'll learn ways to engage your kids in developing healthy meals you'll all enjoy. Please help us create this learning event--Let us know which kinds of foods you'd like to use, what kinds of techniques you'd like to focus on, and what you'd like to take away from the event! You will walk away with a tasty treat you and other participants helped to make! The date and time are open to change, and we'll be in touch soon with a location. Please send your ideas to info@elianaslight.org.

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In Case of An Emergency: How Do You Keep Your Child Safe?
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

In Case of An Emergency: How Do You Keep Your Child Safe?

Lollipop Kids Foundation and Eliana's Light present: "In The Case of Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe". This practical learning event is for families with children who have complex medical conditions and children with disabilities. It will take place Friday, June 29th, from 1pm-4pm, at Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Station 34 in Germantown, MD (20633 Boland Farm Rd, Germantown, MD 20876). 

Members of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service and Police Department will share practical tips on proactive measures you can take to ensure your child’s safety before and during an emergency. Topics we will discuss include: what to do if your child elopes, important information to tell 911 dispatchers in the case of an emergency, how to access and use a "File of Life", and more!

Children will have a chance to tour the station; see police cars, fire engines and trucks up close; and listen to a firefighter in full gear who will promote familiarity with and trust in them in the case of a fire emergency. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, click here: https://bit.ly/2snPOX7. If you have any questions, please email info@elianaslight.org and cindy@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. 

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Financial, Legal, and Benefits Planning for DC Families
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

Financial, Legal, and Benefits Planning for DC Families

In collaboration with the Lollipop Kids Foundation, we are offering an opportunity for families in D.C. to learn how to establish the necessary foundation for their child's future financial success. Families will learn about:

  • The four pillars of special needs planning
  • Steps to start the planning process
  • Ways to fund special needs trusts
  • Information about ABLE accounts and more!

Presenters:

Chase Phillips, Merril Lynch Special Needs Financial Advisor

Mary Jo Broussard-Speier, Special Needs Attorney

Jon Laskin, State Farm Insurance Agent

When?

Thursday, May 31st

6:30-8:30pm

Where?

Chevy Chase Community Center

5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20015

RSVP: Email Cindy Vargas: cindy@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. Please sign up soon as space is limited!

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#WeCareForDads
May
19
to Jun 17

#WeCareForDads

Join us in showing #wecarefordads this Father's Day! We're collaborating with caring members of our community to develop gift bags for fathers who will be spending Father's Day in hospital to care for their child who has a complex medical condition. We welcome your partnership to give these dads a boost--whether through a hand-made item, a gift certificate, and/or toiletries that show his community cares about his health and well-being.

These dads go through a lot each day. They carry significant emotional, financial, mental, and physical stress as they try to do everything they can to help their family. Let's work together to help them.

We'll be delivering gift bags of donated items to fathers staying at Children's National Medical Center, The Children's Inn at NIH, Inova Children's Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, John's Hopkins Children's Center, and HSC's Pediatric Center. Your financial or in-kind donation can make a real positive impact on these dads in our community. Please email info@elianaslight.org if you're interested in collaborating with us to show how, together, #wecarefordads. Thank you!

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Ladies Night Out with Beautycounter, Norwex, and South Block at Fuel Body Lab
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Ladies Night Out with Beautycounter, Norwex, and South Block at Fuel Body Lab

Join us for a fun night of pilates and learn about how to reduce your toxic exposure. We'll do the class and then talk over wine and healthy appetizers. All participants will receive a gift certificate for a cleanse drink from South Block to help wash away toxins. Register today by emailing info@elianaslight.org. Space is limited! 

Cost: Caregivers of children with complex medical conditions can attend for free. We welcome donations of at least $25 from others to support our efforts to help families with children who have complex medical conditions. You can send your donation to our Paypal site: https://www.paypal.me/ElianasLight.

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Family Yoga
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

Family Yoga

Join us for a special, fun-filled family-yoga class!

We will move through traditional poses with an imaginative flair, as well as partner and group poses to encourage connection and fun for the whole family, while improving strength, flexibility and mindfulness skills for children and adults alike.

Eliana's Light improves the quality of life of families with children who have complex medical conditions by focusing on their whole health and well-being. We are supporters of integrative care who empower families while reducing the stress, pain, fear, trauma, anxiety, and depression that many of these family members often experience. We connect families to resources, information, specialists and tools while we advocate for Integrative Medicine and integrative care services. Throughout our programming, we raise awareness on holistic ways to address physical, mental, and emotional health.

Cost: $30 for 2 family members. $10 per every additional family member. All proceeds will support Eliana’s Light.

Register: http://bit.ly/FamilyYogaFundraiser.

If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please visit  https://www.elianaslight.org/donate/. Thank you for your support!

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Galley Foods Give To Eliana's Light Week
May
13
to May 18

Galley Foods Give To Eliana's Light Week

Are you looking for a way to help a family you know? Buying a family a healthy, ready-to-eat meal is a great way to help a family that doesn’t have the time or resources to focus on cooking. If you know a family with a child in the hospital, recently home from the hospital, or often at doctors’ appointments, Galley’s meals make a great gift for them. Through Friday, May 18th, Galley will give to Eliana’s Light 20% of all proceeds on orders that include #wecareformoms in the delivery instructions. Galley delivers to homes, apt buildings, and hospitals in #dc , #maryland , and #virginia . No subscription or minimum order required. Check out their meal options—made fresh daily: www.galleyfoods.com. Don’t forget to include #wecareformoms in the delivery instructions!

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#WeCareForMoms 2nd Annual Initiative
May
12
to May 13

#WeCareForMoms 2nd Annual Initiative

Throughout the month of April until Mother's Day, Eliana's Light is organizing a community-based volunteer effort to give gifts of self-care items to moms of children with complex medical conditions who will be spending Mother's Day in the hospital caring for their child. We greatly appreciate all the volunteers, organizations and companies that have contributed!

Here are some examples: Allison Fitzsimmons Photography, Beautycounter, Core72, CorePower Yoga, Crunch Fitness, Daisy Lane Photography, DC Association for Special Education, Fit4Mom of Montgomery County, Galley Foods DC, Ivymount School, Kingsbury School, Massage Envy, LilOmm, OneLife Fitness, Sport & Health, Staff of Children's National Medical Center, Swirl, The Katherine Thomas School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, U.S. Fitness, and Wellness By Shari.

There are many ways individuals, organizations and companies have be involved. They have, for example:

1. Organized a group of friends to make a craft or baked good at their house. Here's an example of a craft that some moms have shared they'd like.
2. Made an in-kind donation of supplies for others to make crafts or baked goods for moms who will be at local hospitals over Mother's Day. We added these items to our Amazon Wish List: small containers to hold aromatherapy stress relief putty, organic lavender buds, organza bags to make a lavender sachet, and ribbon. Please consider making Elianas Light Inc your preferred charity on Amazon Smile for making these and other purchases!
3. Donated a small self-care item from their business, or asked a local business they know to make a donation. We welcomed lotions, gift certificates, and other self-care items that would be appropriate for moms.
4. Gave a financial donation to enable us to purchase ingredients and supplies. 
5. Introduced us to a corporation that could provide hundreds of items you think moms would love.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully collaborating with you! Please email your interest to info@elianaslight.org. We invite you to visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to see photos from this initiative. Thank you for considering ways you can support moms of children with complex medical conditions on Mother's Day.

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Conversation With A Caregiver: Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibition Coordinator at Children's National Medical Center
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Conversation With A Caregiver: Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibition Coordinator at Children's National Medical Center

We’re excited to shine the spotlight on Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibition Coordinator at Children’s National Medical Center. He thoughtfully selects art work from local artists to create a healing environment within the halls of the hospital. Listen to how he selects the art, and learn how you can create a healing environment for your children at home and/or when they’re in the hospital. Thank you, Greg, for the positive difference you make every day for hundreds of people.

https://youtu.be/P__eHsjvvDM

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Celebrate Life, Health, and Wellness with Pleasance Silicki and Orangetheory Fitness
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Celebrate Life, Health, and Wellness with Pleasance Silicki and Orangetheory Fitness

 

On April 21st, we're going to help Pleasance Silicki, a local wellness expert, ring in her 40s while we engage in a high-energy workout to boost our health and wellness. If you're in the area, please join us and check out this great DC #companythatcares. All proceeds will go to Eliana's Light! For more information, please visit: http://mailchi.mp/b9896334f104/celebratinglifehealthwellnessatorangetheoryfitness

 

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Spring In The Valley
Apr
15
11:00 AM11:00

Spring In The Valley

Eliana's Light is thrilled to be organizing a stress relief table as part of this year's Spring in the Valley! The Spring Valley Neighborhood Association, Spring Valley Pediatrics, and Stork Childbirth are organizing this family-friendly community event. It will take place at 4900 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20018. 

There will be local vendors and businesses, food trucks, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and more! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring in the Valley
Mar
23
10:00 PM22:00

Spring in the Valley

  • 4900 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Eliana's Light and many other local organizations and businesses at this wonderful event that the Spring Valley Neighborhood Association, Spring Valley Pediatrics, and Stork Childbirth Education are organizing. There will be child seat safety checks, a bouncy house, crafts, food vendors, face painting, and more! Eliana's Light will be running a table on stress relief for families!

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Integrative Care Services Panel
Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

Integrative Care Services Panel

  • Children's National Medical Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Children's National Medical Center is organizing an Integrative Care Services Panel as part of Patient Experience Week. All are welcome to attend in person or via webinar. The following presenters will highlight the importance of integrative care services as part of the medical care and attention a patient and his/her family receives:

Ms. Martha Para, VP, Clinical Support Services, Children's National Medical Center; moderator

Mr. Gregory Scott, Gallery & Exhibit Coordinator, Children's National Medical Center 

Dr. Laila Mahmood, Palliative Care, Hematology & Oncology; Children's National Medical Center

Ms. Marian McEvilly, RN, CPN, Certified Coding Associate (CCA), Anesthesia, Children’s National Medical Center; Level V Healing Touch Practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Horse Therapist, Reiki Master

Whitney Ortiz, Founder and President of Eliana's Light

Ms. Victoria Paytonwebber, Sound Therapist, Children's National Medical Center

Location: Auditorium, Children's National Medical Center

Webinar information: 

1. Go to: https://cnmc.webex.com/cnmc/j.php?MTID=mab9c6354de4be6fa4343aae74cb4ce02 -or- https://cnmc.webex.com and enter meeting number 734 086 014

2. Enter your name and email address and click "JOIN”.
3. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
4. When you enter the meeting page, WebEx will prompt you to set up your audio conference

***PLEASE LOG INTO THE MEETING BEFORE FOLLOWING THE DIAL-IN INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR SCREEN***

Audio Option #1(Preferred): Select the "Call Using Computer" option and follow the instructions provided.

Audio Option #2: Manually dial into the meeting, select the “I will call in” option and follow the instructions listed, making sure to enter in the Conference Code AND your personalized attendee number (the system will not ask for it, but please enter it after entering the conference code).

Audio Option #3: Select “Call Me” and enter your phone number to have WebEx/Intercall call you to join audio.

***IF USING THE PREFERRED COMPUTER AUDIO OPTION, PLEASE DO NOT DIAL IN ON YOUR PHONE***

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1. Call conference number
Meeting Dial in Number: US Toll Free 1-888-680-0812
Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/listNumbersByCode.action?confCode=4608348
2. Enter the conference code: 460 834 8

 Your audio will automatically mute upon entry.

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CTSI Science Cafe: Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

CTSI Science Cafe: Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities

Please join the Clinical Translational Science Institute-Children’s National (CTSI-CN) for Science Café 360, Screen Time: Engaging Youth to Develop Video Games that Increase Healthy Behaviors and Reduce Health Disparities, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm at Busboys and Poets (Brookland Location). This learning event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit: https://sciencecafe360_mar2018.eventbrite.com.

Eliana's Light is pleased to serve on the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for CTSI-CN.

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Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers
Jan
13
to Feb 14

Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers

You're invited to participate in the 3rd annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers initiative!

Kids and their caregivers make cards and cookies for kids and caregivers who have to be in the hospital over Valentine's Day. We want the recipients to know that others are thinking of them and sending them best wishes. The cards include uplifting messages for the kids, and the cookies are from healthy-ish recipes that give caregivers a tasty treat while communicating the importance of nutrition in self care.

Kids and caregivers can participate from anywhere in the U.S.! We are so grateful to the 7 schools (in 5 states), 3 groups of friends, 1 Girl Scout Troop, and 1 kids yoga and mindfulness class that have already committed to participate this year. Here are some ways you can become involved:

1. Organize a group of friends for a Valentine's Day card and cookie making party at your house. Email us to coordinate: info@elianaslight.org.

2. Share your favorite nut-free, low cost, and easy-to-make recipe of a healthy cookie that you think a caregiver would enjoy. Please email it to: info@elianaslight.org.

3. Ask your child's teacher if their class would be interested in doing this activity to support kids at Children's National Medical Center. Please email your interest to: info@elianaslight.org.

4. Donate any supplies you may have for making cards. We welcome red, white, and pink construction paper; glue sticks; stickers; and kid scissors. No glitter please :) Please email your interest to: info@elianaslight.org.

5. Provide your feedback on the following messages kids can include in the cards they make: "You are loved"; "You are surrounded by love"; "I believe in you"; "You are strong and brave"; "I wish you the very best"; "You rock"; "I am thinking of you and sending you love"; "You inspire me"; "You are awesome"; "I hope you have a great day today"; "Be brave"; "Always remember how awesome you are". Hospital staff have already approved these messages, and we seek additional feedback from parents of children who have complex medical conditions. What messages resonate most with you? Please let us know. We want to give guidance to the kids so the cards are appropriate and we hope they are well-received. It has been so special to see how many kids want to help other kids.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully collaborating with you! We'll coordinate on getting supplies to you (if necessary) and picking up/receiving the cards and/or cookies from you. 

Thank you for your interest!

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Post Event Summary: We are so grateful to the 1,100 volunteers from 6 states who made 2,415 cards for kids and 504 cookies for caregivers who had to be in one of the following medical centers on Valentine's Day: Children’s National Medical CenterThe HSC Pediatric Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, Inova Children’s HospitalJohn’s Hopkins Children's Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute . Each in-patient at these medical facilities received a card and hundreds of caregivers received a cookie boost! 

A very special thank you to:
Beltway Bambinos, Building Blocks Therapy, Lemon Tree Playgroup, the Nanny Network, Stork Childbirth Education, Inc., Bloom Ob/Gyn, Spring Valley Pediatrics, Murch Elementary School, CCBC preschool, OmShantiRhi, The River School, SEVA Service LTD, Mason Rice Elementary School, Spring Hill Elementary, Elementary School in Darien, the Builders Club at Glenbrook Middle School, Mason Crest Elementary School, Grace Episcopal School, Overlook Spanish Immersion Elementary School, The Kindness Club at the O'Neale School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School,  Bonnackburn nursery school, Springbrook High School, The Kingsbury Center, Girl Scout Troops 81637 and 54, Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, Frederick, MD's Daisy Troop, and 16 different groups of friends.

Parents, teachers, and yoga instructors talked with their children and students about empathy, kindness, and compassion; therapists made cards with children in their sessions; Girl and Daisy Scouts did card-making in their meetings; and local businesses had card-making in their reception areas. These are some of the many examples of how community members came together to express their best wishes for children with complex medical conditions and their family members. 

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CTSI Science Cafe: Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They're Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems
Dec
5
9:00 PM21:00

CTSI Science Cafe: Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They're Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems

Please join the Clinical Translational Science Institute-Children’s National (CTSI-CN) for Science Café 360, Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They’re Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Busboys and Poets (Brookland Location).

The featured speakers are: Dr. Olga Acosta Price, Director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Associate Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and an expert in the development, evaluation and sustainability of school health programs; Dr. Michael Long, Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken School of Public Health at the George Washington University and an expert in obesity prevention; Marisa Parella, School Based Mental Health Program Manager at Mary’s Center and an expert in community, school and health system partnerships to enhance mental health care for children and families; and Dr. Chioma Oruh, a member of the Chancellor’s Parent Cabinet for DC Public Schools and the DCPS Early Childhood Education Policy Council . Dr. Acosta Price will discuss her research in care coordination and optimal partnerships between schools and health systems to improve physical and mental health for students and promote academic success. Dr. Long will share his research on preventing childhood obesity through improvements to the food and physical activity environments for children in schools. Ms. Parella will offer her experiences as a community provider and the importance of designing programs that respond to the community needs. Dr. Oruh will share her experiences as a parent navigating the health and education systems to advocate for her children.  The evening will be moderated by Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Vice President for Community Engagement, Advocacy and Government Affairs and leader of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National. Ms. Kinlow is an advocate for health-education partnerships and has served on the DC Board of Education and as the first Ombudsman for DC Public Schools.

Registration info is here:

https://sciencecafe360_dec2017.eventbrite.com

Eliana's Light is pleased to serve on CTSI-CN's Community Advisory Committee.

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"Conversation With A Caregiver: Meet Christina Spencer, Mom Of A Child With A Complex Medical Condition"
Dec
3
to Dec 4

"Conversation With A Caregiver: Meet Christina Spencer, Mom Of A Child With A Complex Medical Condition"

Christina kindly offered to share reflections on being a caregiver to her beautiful children, one of whom has a complex medical condition. Her 8 -month old son has been in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) since birth. Christina, along with Eliana's Light, hopes her story helps show the tremendous need these families have for a holistic approach to care that takes into account the body, mind, and spirit. Together, we hope to bring more support to families with children who have complex medical conditions. Eliana's Light recognizes and raises awareness on the needs these families have, and does everything possible to bring them support in collaboration with a constellation of caregivers in our community. 

Video: https://youtu.be/F2h6OTJySEs. 

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Science Cafe: From Placenta to Preschool: The Developing Brain and What Communities Can Do To Support It
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

Science Cafe: From Placenta to Preschool: The Developing Brain and What Communities Can Do To Support It

As a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Eliana's Light was pleased to promote and attend this Science Cafe. Local researchers and members of the public from the Washington, DC area convened to discuss this topic. To view a blog and the PowerPoint presentations from it, please visit: https://blogs.gwu.edu/chipr/2017/11/20/from-placenta-to-preschool-the-developing-brain-and-what-communities-can-do-to-support-it/. To listen to the podcast, please visit: http://gwocpi.libsyn.com/from-placenta-to-preschool-the-developing-brain-and-what-communities-can-do-to-support-it. 

The Science Cafe is a casual forum for community members, medical researchers, and social scientists - anyone who is interested in health or medicine to street scholars. Each Café features a different health topic and a clinical researcher who will demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think their work may help residents. Community members are encouraged to probe, debate, and share ideas that come from their own experiences in collaboration with medical researchers, social scientists, and community leaders who are thinking big about transforming health in Washington, DC. 

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Race for Every Child
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Race for Every Child

We were thrilled to participate again this year in -- and on the planning committee for -- the Race for Every Child. Team Eliana's Light is supporting the development of an Integrative Care Services division at Children's National Medical Center. We are tremendously grateful to the team of doctors, nurses, therapists, Child Life Specialists, social workers, and others who have been collaborating with us to expand and improve the integrative care services available to patients and their caregivers at the hospital. These types of services meant so much to our daughter, Eliana -- as well as our whole family -- when Eliana was hospitalized for the majority of her 3 1/2 years. Please join us in supporting means that reduce the stress, trauma, fear, pain, anxiety, and depression that many children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers often experience.

To donate to this effort, please visit: https://childrensnational.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.team&teamID=7254. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible and supports integrative care services at Children's National.

To view our team's pictures from the Race, please visit the album on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/elianaslight.

Please email info@elianaslight.org if you have any questions!

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6 Stress Relief Techniques for Caregivers of Children With Complex Medical Conditions
Oct
14
to Oct 15

6 Stress Relief Techniques for Caregivers of Children With Complex Medical Conditions

If you are a caregiver of a child with a complex medical condition, you likely know well what stress is. You and your child, and possibly your other family members, may even have chronic stress...Your body, mind and spirit -- and your relationships -- are all affected. 

But what does stress really do to your body? How does it affect you in the moment and over the long-term? Significant research shows that stress can cause new or worsen existing conditions. 

Listen to Dr. Anne Berkeley, a licensed and board certified naturopathic physician who specializes in a holistic and integrative approach to health, combining modern medicine with traditional healing. Learn about the effects that stress has on the body and ways you can alleviate it. You will take away practical tips and tools you can use in your daily life. To learn more about Dr. Berkeley's practice, please visit her website

We are offering this presentation online as part of our new learning series, "Conversations with a Caregiver" in order to increase the access caregivers have to the information.

If you're interested in learning more and accessing similar "Conversations with Caregivers", please sign up to receive Highlights. We welcome your ideas and questions, as we are collaboratively developing these Conversations so that they can be as helpful and relevant to you as possible. We look forward to your collaboration.

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2017 National Kids Yoga Conference
Oct
13
to Oct 15

2017 National Kids Yoga Conference

Join us for the 4th National Kids Yoga Conference on the weekend of October 13-15th, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. This incredible conference is  a unique opportunity for the kids yoga and mindfulness community—educators, mental health professionals, yoga teachers, researchers, therapists, and parents—to come together in a professional forum.

Throughout the weekend we will learn about the research, techniques, and best practices needed to thoughtfully lead the movement to bring yoga and mindfulness to children and youth across the country.  You will leave the conference energized with a clear vision of your next steps to successfully bring yoga and mindfulness to the kids in your community.

Hosted by YoKidthe 4th National Kids Yoga Conference will feature more than 50 presenters from organizations and institutions that have been at the forefront of kids yoga. Eliana's Light will share the positive impact yoga has had on Eliana, and how other children with complex medical conditions can also benefit from yoga practices. Learn about innovative approaches, pioneering research and explore a wealth of new tools to support your vision of this work in your community. 

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Self-Care: Care for Others & You @ Core72!
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Self-Care: Care for Others & You @ Core72!

Join us for a day of care and comfort at Core 72! Find a fun fabric, dive into downward dog, visualize a vision board, buy a bracelet, register for the #RaceforEveryChild, taste a tonic,andcontribute to complementary care and Integrative Medicine for children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers. Eliana's Light is grateful to collaborate with other local, women-owned businesses and organizations in this effort.

Schedule of events:

9:00am-8:00pm: Core72 is open for your purchases! 20% of sales proceeds will support Eliana's Light.
  -- Register to join team Eliana's Light in the Race for Every Child, an annual fundraising 5k run/walk to benefit Children's National Medical Center. Your participation will support the development of an Integrative Medicine program.
  -- Purchase an Eliana's Light Mala necklace or bracelet.
3:00pm-3:45pm: Women's Yoga with Om Shanti Rhi.
3:45pm-4:00pm: Transition Break.
4:00pm-5:00pm: Vision and Gratitude Board Creation with Pleasance Silicki, founder of LilOmm.
4:00pm-6:00pm: Tonic Tasting with Gouter's raw, organic tonics and cleanses.
5:00pm-8:00pm: Compassionate and Captivating Conversation with tonics, wine, and healthy snacks.

Please register for the yoga and vision and gratitude board creation on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=36797257588. Yoga: $30 min. donation; vision and gratitude board creation: $30 min. donation; yoga + vision and gratitude board creation: $50 min. donation. Registration and sign-up available at the event too!

Collaborators:

Eliana's Light is a non-profit that supports complementary care and Integrative Medicine for children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers. www.elianaslight.org

Core72 fosters community while selling curated active wear and lifestyle brands for women. www.core72dc.com

LilOmm is a community of women inspired by healthy habits and well-being practices routed in wisdom and wellness. Through retreats, workshops, classes and events, they support and uplift one another at all stages of life. www.lilomm.com 

OmShantiRhi is a mobile yoga company that offers classes and workshops for adults and children at studios, schools, companies, and homes. https://rhiannon-landesberg.squarespace.com

Gouter is a raw, organic tonic and cleanse company. www.heygouter.com

Until Jewelry Designs hand-crafted an Eliana’s Light Mala necklace and bracelet for you to enjoy while supporting Eliana’s Light. https://until-jewelry-designs.myshopify.com/products/elianas-light-mala

StudioRed partners with a variety of change agents to make a positive and meaningful difference in our world. From concept to execution, they design beautiful pieces that embody your message — a message that inspires possibilities, passion, and action. www.studiored.us

Questions?
Email info@elianaslight.org. Thank you!

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Infant Massage + Gross and Fine Motor Movement for Toddlers = Practical Fun!
Sep
6
to Sep 27

Infant Massage + Gross and Fine Motor Movement for Toddlers = Practical Fun!

Learn how to connect with your baby through infant massage!

Dates: September 6, 13, and 20

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Age range: babies 8 weeks to pre-crawling

You will gain a greater understanding of your baby’s sensory system and her/his processing of touch, sight, sound, and smell. A Certified Instructor of Infant Massage will demonstrate all the strokes (if you attend all 3 classes), and also discuss strategies for tummy time and achieving general developmental milestones. You will learn how to:

  • help your baby sleep more deeply and for longer
  • bond with your baby through comforting touch and play
  • reduce or avoid fussy time
  • relieve your baby's colic, gas, and constipation
  • read your baby’s cues and promote regulation in your baby
  • stimulate your baby's growth and development
  • prevent your baby's head from flattening
  • increase your baby's head and neck control

Learn how to boost your toddler's fine, gross, and language development!

Date: September 27

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Age range: best suited for 15 months - 2 ½ years old, but all are welcome

Join PlaywellDC’s owners for a guided hour of movement, language, and sensory play. You will learn how to:

  • incorporate gross motor themes into playtime to challenge your toddler's balance and gait
  • refine your toddler's skills in areas such as climbing stairs and starting to jump
  • build your toddler's fine motor skills through work on coordination, grasp, and pinch
  • expand your toddler's language to include more expressive and receptive vocabulary
  • include sensory play in playtime in order to increase your toddler's motor skills, promote their attention to tasks, and gain early cognitive skills

FAQs

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email info@elianaslight.org.

My toddler has developmental delays. Will the toddler class be appropriate?

Yes. PlayWellDC's therapists are trained to support children of various capabilities. To learn more, please visit: www.playwelldc.com.

Can my child's nanny/caregiver attend?

Yes, all caregivers are welcome.

Is there a cost to attend?

Yes, each workshop costs $25. All proceeds will support Eliana's Light. Please click here to register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/infant-massage-gross-and-fine-motor-movement-for-toddlers-practical-fun-tickets-37127048000.  

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Supporting Fathers on Father's Day
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Supporting Fathers on Father's Day

In recognition of the fathers who have an eternal depth of love for their children, and who extend themselves beyond what they think is possible in order to support their child who has a complex medical condition, Eliana's Light is supporting them this Father's Day. We are bringing stress balls to Children's National Medical Center and The Children's Inn at NIH, as we recognize fathers who are with their children at the hospital on Father's Day are often under enormous stress. We thought a lot about what kind of kind of practical stress-relief gift fathers across cultures would like, and many people we asked mentioned stress balls. We truly hope these special fathers find them helpful. We send them with love, support, and encouragement.

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