Cooking with Caregivers and Kids
Jan
27
12:30 PM12:30

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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Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers
Feb
17
12:30 PM12:30

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. Children are welcome! More details coming soon on the exact date, time, and location. Please stay tuned!

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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
6:00 PM18:00

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
5:30 AM05:30

"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 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
6:00 PM18:00

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
7:00 AM07:00

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
12:00 PM12:00

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
9:00 AM09:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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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Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Join Us at a Science Cafe: "Envisioning Comprehensive Education, Clinical Care, and Transformative Research for People Living with Autism"

As a member of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Eliana's Light is pleased to invite you to the following event:

In Our District – Envisioning Comprehensive Education, Clinical Care, and Transformative Research for People Living with Autism

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Busboys and Poets - Brookland
625 Monroe Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

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Science Café 360 is a casual space for open dialogue between community members, medical researchers, and social scientists. Researchers demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think it will help local residents. Community members - anyone from the casually interested to health activists, from citizen patients to street scholars - will probe, debate, and share ideas that come from living the experience. 

Please join the Clinical Translational Science Institute-Children’s National (CTSI-CN) for Science Café 360, In Our District – Envisioning Comprehensive Education, Clinical Care, and Transformative Research for People Living with AutismWednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St NE Washington DC 20017. The featured speakers are: Dr. Kevin Pelphrey, Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) at George Washington University & Children's National Health System and parent of a daughter on the spectrum; Dr. Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, Director of Infant Research in ANDI and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at GW; Dr. Jennifer Frey, Director of the Early Childhood Research Program in ANDI and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at GW; and Molly Whalen, Executive Director of the DC Association for Special Education and the parent of two children with autism. This expert panel will discuss the latest research on autism, the vision of the new Institute, and the importance of cross-sector collaboration with education and clinical care to deliver the best possible supports and services for children with autism and those who care for them.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible!

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-our-district-envisioning-comprehensive-education-clinical-care-and-transformative-research-for-registration-34814898298?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTIwODU0NTcvd2hpdG5leS5oYXJyZWxzb25AZ21haWwuY29tLzE%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage

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Join us at Advocacy and Population Health in Academic Pediatrics Symposium
Jun
7
8:00 AM08:00

Join us at Advocacy and Population Health in Academic Pediatrics Symposium

Join colleagues from Children's National Medical Center and the greater DC area to learn about advocacy and population health strategies to improve child health.

Advocacy and population health are common phrases, but what do they really mean? How do health care professionals and trainees advocate for children and families to create systems change and improve child health in our community? How do they incorporate this work into an academic portfolio?

Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-and-population-health-in-academic-pediatrics-registration-33416044288?aff=REW.

Registration is free but required. CME and CNE credit will be available.

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Caring for Mother Caregivers on Mother's Day
May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Caring for Mother Caregivers on Mother's Day

In recognition of the tremendous love and support mother caregivers give their children, and the stress that can come from caring for a child with complex medical conditions, Eliana's Light is giving gifts of relaxation to mothers who are in-patient at Children's National Medical Center on Mother's Day. We will bring sachets of organic lavender buds and lavender essential oil to help mothers experience moments of relaxation. Certified aromatherapists and herbalists approved the contents. These are symbolic and also useful gifts to let mothers know we're thinking of them, and wanting to care for them. We're also volunteering as part of the hospital's Mother's Day events.

We're sending huge hugs with love and support to these amazing mothers on Mother's Day.

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Play Therapy: A Fun-draiser with The Great Zucchini!
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

Play Therapy: A Fun-draiser with The Great Zucchini!

Join Washington, DC's #1 children's entertainer for a laugh-a-minute fun-draiser for Eliana's Light! The cost is $15 per family. Children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers are our guests. 100% of proceeds will support local families that have children with complex medical conditions with healthy meals, tailored gift bags, and assistance with light housekeeping.

Please purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-magical-show-with-the-great-zucchini-tickets-33480985529. Donations will also be collected at the door. Please arrive by 10:15, as the show will start promptly at 10:30. 

Thank you to the Great Zucchini for supporting Eliana's Light! Visit his website for information on his other upcoming shows: www.thegreatzucchini.com.

And yes, there's no coincidence this is a plug for good nutrition!

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Bake Sale with Girl Scout Troop #54
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

Bake Sale with Girl Scout Troop #54

Thank you, Girl Scout Troop #54, for organizing a bake sale and Amazon Wish List to support Eliana's Light! 

This amazing group of 10 and 11 year-old leaders decided -- on their own -- to raise money and in-kind donations to help kids who are facing significant medical challenges. They are baking for a bake sale at their elementary school, making art projects that help reduce anxiety in kids (e.g. "calm down jars), and learning about self-healing modalities (e.g. meditation and mindfulness) that can help them in their own lives. They're also learning how to become spokeswomen for self-care--such critical life skills. We are so grateful to collaborate with these inspiring young social entrepreneurs! 

More information coming soon on the Amazon Wish List. We hope you can contribute in the effort to help us bring stress-relieving tools to children and their family members. Thank you!

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Take an Essential Oils 101 Class with Beth Lindley!
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Take an Essential Oils 101 Class with Beth Lindley!

  • National Integrated Health Associates (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Beth Lindley, certified holistic health coach, certified raw food educator, and essential oils wellness advocate, for a free course on the basics of how to use essential oils in your daily life. The course will take place at the National Integrated Health Associates (5225 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 402, Washington, DC 20015). We look forward to seeing you there!

As space is limited, please RVSP ASAP to: beth@bethlindley.com. Thank you!

What is an essential oil? Please find below an excerpt from Do Terra's website, a reputable brand that offers therapeutic grade essential oils: 

"If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. 

But what exactly is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. When you first open a bottle of essential oil, you instantly notice that the aroma is potent and you can smell it typically even from some distance. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers. 

Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits. 

Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product. 

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. "

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Yoga Family Fun-draiser
Mar
19
12:30 PM12:30

Yoga Family Fun-draiser

Join us for a special, all-ages family yoga class. We will stretch, breathe, dance, play, and connect with loved ones and new friends; while learning fun and challenging partner and group yoga poses. All proceeds will support Eliana’s Light. 

To register, please visit: http://www.washingtonyogacenter.com/apps/mindbody/enrollments. Register today if you can join us, as space is limited! 

If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please visit our donation page and email any questions you may have to info@elianaslight.org.

Thank you for your support!

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Eliana's Light Launches with Cards for Kids and Cookies for Caregivers
Feb
14
8:00 AM08:00

Eliana's Light Launches with Cards for Kids and Cookies for Caregivers

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

Eliana's Light launches on Valentine's Day during Heart Month! We are bringing Valentine's Day cards to kids in the Heart Institute and heart-shaped cookies to their caregivers who are at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC. Eli was with us last year when we brought cookies to the Heart Institute. We will be starting a new tradition this year with children in DC expressing their love and empathy for kids who have to be in the hospital over Valentine's Day by making cards for them. We will also give a sweet boost to their caregivers, letting them know we're thinking of them too. Please email info@elianaslight.org if you would like to join us in this effort, this year or next! Thank you!

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