Words of touching wisdom were shared by author, HBO commentator, "Real Sports" correspondent, and past president of the Cystic Fibrosis Society, Frank DeFord. Perhaps Frank's words should be remembered by all who share this mission!
"I asked my 6 year old daughter, Alex, what she wanted to be when she grew up and her response was, " A princess"! ...after many difficult therapy sessions of trying to dislodge mucous from her very clogged, Cystic, lungs by literally pounding her back ...I had occasion to ask again what she wanted to be, but her goal had changed ...when asked why, she said "Because Daddy, my crown will fall off." ... What your organization does by providing teddies and hugs of hope is to return to these hurting children the belief that they really are the prince and princess’ of their dreams. “
One of our Thousand Points of Light, Presidential Service Award winners is Katie Stainkamp, from Locust Valley, NY.
Katie organized teddy bear collection drives throughout the Oyster Bay School system, tagged over 300 of the bears and readied them for distribution. The many hours of work, the enthusiastic response to the needs of traumatized children around the country was evident in Katie's response to our request for help.
Thank you to Katie and her fellow students as they help us gentle the world one hug at a time.
Honoree for the November , 2006 Hugs Benefit at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.( Scott is the Head Sailing Coach at Hobart William Smith Colleges and has been instrumental in starting a Chapter of Hugs, helped with introducing Hugs to the Liberty League and through President Mark Geran to the Peace Corps Crisis Intervention Unit.)
Scott has been twice named "National Coach of the Year" by the Olympic Committee.
Honored at the April Cocktail Party held at the Junior League House in New York City, for his efforts on Hugs behalf.
Craig is the Managing Partner for Clifford Chance, LLP US and through his support the company has provided Hugs Across America with legal expertise and services pro bono.
We appreciate the many hours donated to comforting children in crisis.
Talia started her own Chapter of Hugs as a Bat Mitzvah project, but soon involved her school friends from Wantagh, NY who have for the past two years provided teddy bears for the Winthrop Hospital Pediatric Cancer Center and Social Services of Sufolk County.
Talia's dedication and leadership ability have earned her the Silver Presidential Award. Congratulations and thank you!!!
Michael of The Churchill School in Manhattan received the Bronze Presidential Award for his hours of creative fundraising efforts on Hug's behalf.
Michael gathered gently used items from the neighbors in his apartment building and Saturday after Saturday provided a lobby full of interesting exchangeable items for purchase.
All the proceeds went to comfort children in hospitals with teddy bears.
A senior at Manhasset HS was presented with the bronze Presidential Award for his efforts at the OutPost ( a school store that he founded, whose proceeds went to many agencies among them, Hugs Across America).
Anthony has also served on the Hugs Board as one of two HS representatives. Job well done, Anthony!