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10 tips to maximize your charity marathon fundraising

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Everyone loves the idea of running for charity, but fundraising can be daunting for those who haven’t done it before. We talked to Andy John, one of Open Heart Magic’s top fundraisers, to get some tips on how easy it can be.

Andy committed to running the 2013 Chicago marathon, a bucket list item for him and many others, and decided to make his efforts even more worthwhile by doing so on behalf of a small non-profit. Open Heart Magic was fortunate to be the beneficiary of his time and energy as he managed to raise $7,550 to bring more bedside magic to kids in hospitals. OHM has one of the lowest minimum requirements of any charity, but you’ll see that reaching the minimum was never in question. These are his 10 best tips.

Check out all the tips here

Q&A with the first ever Shape Up for Charity Challenge team

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Wolverine Trading's "Limit Down." Look at the envy on the faces of those not on the squad!

Getting in shape is tough, but doing it solo is even harder. That’s why we fully support teams joining the Shape Up for Charity Challenge! You’re already going to count on your friends for support, why not make it official?

Last year, five guys from Wolverine Trading formed a team committed to dropping pounds. Together they managed to get in shape all while raising an amazing $5,190 to bring more smiles to kids in hospitals. We did a quick Q&A with Limit Down team captain and volunteer Hospital Magician Dave Graff to find out how being on a Shape Up for Charity Challenge team helped keep them motivated to lose weight.

Check out the full interview here!

Couch to Marathon with Open Heart Magic Charity Team

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

“I learned a lot about myself and what I thought were my limits during training. Running for the Open Heart Magic Charity Team gave me a purpose”

Running a marathon can be a daunting task, one which most people think they could never do. We talked to Hilary Goldin, a now repeat member of the Open Heart Magic Charity Team about her incredible accomplishment of going from couch to 26.2 to finish her first Chicago Marathon in the face of medical adversity. She wants to let people know that anyone can topple the mountain, even if it was never one they cared to climb.

Open Heart Magic: Was completing the Chicago Marathon always a goal for you?

Hilary Goldin: Truth be told, the marathon was never on my bucket list. I had never even watched or cheered at a marathon before I signed up for mine. I was never a “runner” let alone a long distance runner. So it never entered my mind that this was something I could do.

Read the incredible full interview…

The Two Most Important Elements of Getting in Shape

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Shape Up for Charity Challenge is a unique initiative started by Open Heart Magic to bring people’s health and fitness into focus. It’s similar to running a marathon for the kids, but the goal isn’t a certain number of miles. It’s a certain number of pounds.

We talked to two of last year’s Challenge participants to see why they joined and what they got out of it, and two main aspects were consistent for both of them – motivation and accountability.

Click here to read on and unlock the secrets!

A sneak peak inside a bedside magic performance

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Hospital Magician Sammy K pictured on far left.

One of our hospital magicians posted this story on Facebook, and it was so amazing that we had share. Enjoy this beautiful look inside a bedside magic performance.

First Magic Tuesday of the new year! Today was a great day to kick-off bedside magic for 2014.

One of my visits today was to a teen whose parents were sitting lovingly by his bedside. I give a light knock on the door and crack it open a bit to see a nurse poking about the teen’s bedside and checking machines that make soft digital noises.

Click here to read on!

How an OHM Charity Team Member finished a 300+ mile race!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If you resolved to run 300 miles to get in shape for 2014, how long do you think it would take? 3 months? 6 months? OHM Charity Team member Sung Ho Choi managed to check that off the list in just 4 days last year.

Sung Ho Choi, known as Bruce to his friends, has run over 100 marathons. He ran the 2013 Chicago Marathon on behalf of Open Heart Magic, but that wasn’t his most impressive feat of the year. He took on the seemingly impossible task of running the Last Annual Vol State 500k, a 314 mile race across Tennesse, and came in third overall.

Click here to read more and be inspired!

How a courageous 8-year-old named Ryan learned the secrets of OHM

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Several of our Open Heart Magic magicians have had the pleasure of working with an incredible young boy named Ryan over the past few months. He isn’t just a patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital, though. Ryan is a magician, and he’s one of the finest we’ve seen. Here’s how he came to discover the secrets of OHM:

Every once and a while I have to stay at Lurie’s hospital. One lucky Tuesday night that I was in the hospital a very special magician came to my room. He showed me, my mom and dad a couple tricks and we were WOWed! I learned Eye of the Mummy and took the secret oath and then I was able to WOW people.

Click here hear him tell his whole story.

Exelon Honors Open Heart Magic Hospital Magician with Top Award for Volunteer Service

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

(l-r) Steve Solomon, vice president of corporate relations at Exelon, South Loop resident and Exelon employee Justin Bedi, Michael Walton, founder of Open Heart Magic, and Darryl Johnson, Exelon employee volunteer manager.

Open Heart Magic’s Hospital Magician, Justin Bedi, recently received a top award from Exelon for his outstanding volunteer service with Open Heart Magic. The award included a $20,000 cash grant to Open Heart Magic and Justin will be representing Exelon at the national Jefferson Awards in Washington D.C. later this year.

The OHM Family is extremely proud of Justin’s accomplishments and incredibly grateful for Exelon’s generous support of Open Heart Magic. A heartfelt thank you to Justin and everyone else at Exelon.

Please visit this link to read the official press release.

Welcome Central DuPage Hospital to our Team!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

It’s been an exciting summer for Open Heart Magic! Because of your support and participation, this July we were able to roll out a brand new program for the kids at Central DuPage Hospital. Check out this great article and be sure to congratulate the new hospital magician team of Dave Barclay, John Kurth & Mike Stevens!

The Open Heart Magic Difference!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Since I started volunteering with Open Heart Magic, many of those I’ve told about OHM have said what an incredible idea the organization is. Most people have heard about magicians, or god forbid clowns, working in hospitals, but there has never been anything quite like what our magicians do. In an article co-written by our very own Michael Walton and published in the Nursing Journal Magazine, some of the problems with traditional techniques are discussed. It also talks in detail about the origins of Open Heart Magic, what puts it head and shoulders (knees and toes) above the rest, and how it helps where other can’t.

The article is long, but an incredible read, and certainly worth reading. I’d recommend doing what I did, and printing it out. Maybe even print out an extra copy and leave it for the next person to find! You can find the full article right here – Magic as a Therapeutic Intervention To Promote Coping in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients