SLICE Team at Emory University

 

 
Over the course of fall semester 2009 through spring semester 2010, Michael Seidman 12BBA and Adam Hamberg 12BBA began a volunteer initiative to bring Healing Spaces, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, to the Atlanta community. Healing Spaces, as its Co-Founder, Mark Dumoff explains, "seeks to bring joy to children with cancer and other serious illnesses by creating a unique healing environment in their home — a completely renovated bedroom provides a happy, tranquil space for the patient to recover."
 
"My vision in mentoring Michael and Adam (and students at other universities) is to empower these young adults to tap their passion and develop the skills to become changemakers... transforming the community and world within which we are all connected" said Dumoff.  "We created a structure called SLICE... Student Leaders In Community Entrepreneurship.  By aligning with our newest partner, The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta... The SLICE Team at Emory was underway with its first project. Working with Michael and Adam and their talented group of friends... and seeing firsthand the transformational affect that this project and process had on everybody... was simply an incredible experience for all."  
 
Utilizing grass-roots fundraising and the support of businesses and individual donors, Seidman, Hamberg and their friends constructed a Dream Bedroom for a 15-year-old girl named Adina, who suffers from sickle cell anemia and the associated respiratory and bone problems that arise from this life-long blood disorder. Adina will spend much of her summer at home in Newnan, GA, recovering from her recent hip replacement surgery, and she will be homeschooled next year.
 
“Adina and her family could not have been more thrilled to see the new room,” says Hamberg. The makeover includes an electronic medical bed, wood flooring, and new furniture, as well as Adina’s first laptop, a HDTV, and an XBOX 360 gaming system.
 
Seidman and Hamberg credit Healing Spaces designer Lyani Powers (NY), Atlanta contractor Unique Impressions Construction, and fellow SLICE Team at Emory students for their drive and hard work in providing Adina with her new, beautiful bedroom. “We worked with Healing Spaces President - Mark Dumoff,” says Seidman, “ and got advice from Goizueta staff and others in raising funds and planning construction.” Vonage, Med-Lift & Mobility, Lowe’s, Sherwin-Williams, Target, as well as many individuals, provided the generous donations that allowed the room to take shape. Complete with coverage from Fox 5 Atlanta, the project could not have had better results.
 
Seidman notes that this Healing Spaces project was unique, in that it was the first to be run by college students. “We hope students at other universities will be inspired to form SLICE Teams and actively help sick children in their communities by creating similar ‘Healing Spaces,’” he says.
 
The SLICE Team at Emory University plans on organizing additional remodeling projects in Atlanta over the next two years. If you are interested in getting involved or donating to this special cause, please visit the Healing Spaces website at www.healingspaces.org or email Michael Seidman at miseidm@emory.edu.
 
 

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