Riprap Newsletter: Self-Care Event & Friend in the Spotlight

Riprap Friends are continuing to bring joy and love to the days of children fighting cancer. It is meaningful and powerful work that makes an uplifting impact on all those touched. Patients, siblings, parents and Friends all share overwhelming gratitude for the connection and experience.  

Riprap Friends needs your support to make our work possible. All donations go directly to services and materials for the children we serve. We are beyond thankful for the support of Namaste New York to provide an amazing self-care experience to support Riprap Friends. Please join us, at 400 West 12th Street, 11am-2pm, April 26th, for mini yoga and guided meditations each hour, mini thai massage sessions, yummy bites and good company! RSVP! 

Friend in the Spotlight

Name: Lara G. Mahler

Hometown: originally Toronto, Canada NOW: Ridgewood, Queens

Your “Friend” specialty:  Dance/movement

Your favorite Riprap Friend moment so far:  I was working with a child where at their first session, they were so shy they couldn’t look at me, talk to me or even feel comfortable moving their bodies, by the end of the session, her mother is telling me she can’t stop dancing and asks mom every week when I will be back.

What being a Riprap Friend means to you:  All I can think about is how I can be a positive energy and light during this time in this child and Family’s life. I wanted to go into teaching because I wanted to make an impression, be a good influence, help people and share my knowledge.  Being a RipRap friend means all of this to me: being consistent, positive, flexible and patient.

How did you get into teaching?:  I always taught or assisted dance classes, at my local studio and later at a mentor’s dance studio in Toronto. It wasn’t until I attended NYU’s MFA program in dance where I realized educating young people in movement or in general was something that I was passionate about. I decided to go back to school for education to incorporate my love of dance and theater with educating young people.

Fun fact about yourself:  If I could, I would eat Thai food everyday!

 

With Gratitude, 

Tracey Early
Founder, Riprap Friends
917-570-0012

The name “Riprap Friends” comes from the word for a stone wall used to armor shorelines against water erosion. We will provide a metaphorical armor for pediatric cancer patients and their families against some of the often overlooked erosive characteristics of that disease: social, creative, and emotional isolation that can be a severe impediment to full recovery.

We understand that a child’s wellbeing depends on a variety of important factors, and among those factors is the child’s ability to be creative, intellectually stimulated, socially engaged, to have the opportunity to make meaningful choices in his or her day-to-day life, and most importantly, to have the support of family and friends during their medical treatment. Riprap intends to facilitate all of these things in the name of bettering the overall health of childhood cancer patients.

Support Riprap Friends in 2017!

It’s not too late to make a tax deductible contribution to Riprap Friends in 2017!  Your contribution goes directly to activities and materials for the children we serve.  

By supporting Riprap Friends, you are bettering the overall health of children fighting cancer.  We can’t do this without you!  Donate today before the clock runs out on 2017! 

Sofia’s Dance Recital with her Riprap Friend Lara

Riprap Friends, Inc. (“Riprap”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation, formed under the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and registered as a public charity with the New York State Office of the Attorney General.  Riprap is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Tax ID #47-4857624. A copy of Riprap’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the organization, or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

Riprap Newsletter: yoga shop fundraiser, mission update, Friend in spotlight

Dear Riprap community,

I am thrilled to share our first newsletter! Programming is well underway and making a meaningful impact beyond Manhattan into Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and even parts of New Jersey! Please read on for details on mission progress, an upcoming fundraising event and fun facts about our Friend in the Spotlight.

Mission Update

In light of the successful experiences with families referred through Mt. Sinai’s pediatric oncology clinic, we have opened referrals to Memorial Sloane Kettering. 

We want to grow to reach more children facing difficult journeys, and we need YOU to help Riprap do it! How?

1.     Become a Friend: We need more amazing Friends! At the moment, Friends are teaching dance, cosmetology, piano, cooking, yoga and martial arts. They are also connecting with children as reading buddies! Do you have a special skill to share, or do you love connecting with kids in need? If so, we have many rewarding opportunities to do good.  Please consider applying HERE! And spread the word!

2.     Donate to Riprap: Riprap needs donations to fund the services and the materials each child receives. Any and all contributions are deeply appreciated. Every gift makes a meaningful impact on a child battling cancer and 100% of donations go directly to the children. To make a donation today, please click HERE!


Sweaty Betty Soho and Erin Jacques Yoga Team Up with Riprap Friends

Don’t miss this fun, heart pumping, sweat inducing, cardio infused music yoga flow class taught by Erin Jacques. Your physical and mental strength will be pushed and challenged through several dynamic and creative sequences. Followed by slow, deep and long holds to release tightness and tension. 

Tuesday, April 25th at 11am, Soho location of Sweaty Betty,

All proceeds directly benefit Riprap Friends. Sign up HERE!

In addition, Sweaty Betty has generously offered to donate 20% of all shopping purchases to Riprap Friends. Even if you can’t make the yoga class, you can still participate! Please join us at Sweaty Betty on Tuesday, April 25th, for snacks and shopping in support of Riprap!


Friend in the Spotlight


Name:             
Mia Molina

Hometown:   Jaen, Spain
 
Specialty:        Piano
 
How did you get into teaching?  I think I was born a teacher.  I would sit all my dolls in a row and teach them whatever I found out about that week: “Ok class, today we are going to learn about…how to properly eat spaghetti”.  I always loved sharing ANY knowledge.
 
Favorite Riprap Friend moment so far: When I got to celebrate A’s birthday with her. She learned how to play happy birthday and her loved ones all sung while I played songs with them. Such a special day.
 
What being a Riprap Friend means to you: The word that best describes what it means to me is HOPE. There is nothing that can be compared to the feeling that you are making such a huge difference in a child’s life. Teaching piano to A is not just about her learning notes, rhythms and keys… Music is bringing joy to her life and she has brought so much joy to mine. Every time I see her shinning eyes and her big smile, I know she’s already another step closer to recovery.
 
Fun fact about yourself:  There is hilariousness in my everyday life — especially because my brain tends to be half asleep in the morning and do things like ordering a bagel with ice cream (pretty much same thing as cream cheese, right?).
 

I am grateful for your involvement and interest in RipRap!

Thank you, 

Tracey Early

Founder, Riprap Friends

The name “Riprap Friends” comes from the word for a stone wall used to armor shorelines against erosion. We will provide a metaphorical armor for pediatric cancer patients and their families against some of the often overlooked erosive characteristics of that disease: social, creative, and emotional isolation that can be a severe impediment to full recovery.We understand that a child’s wellbeing depends on a variety of important factors, and among those factors is the child’s ability to be creative, intellectually stimulated, socially engaged, to have the opportunity to make meaningful choices in his or her day-to-day life, and most importantly, to have the support of family and friends during their medical treatment. Riprap intends to facilitate all of these things in the name of bettering the overall health of childhood cancer patients.