Australian cancer patient’s mission: To hug her idol Oprah – and one million others around the world!
On May 25th 2015, Natalia Dewiyani, was diagnosed with a rare cancer, Ewing Sarcoma. Refusing to be beaten, she made it her mission to embrace life – through physically embracing every person she met.
As founder of ‘HUGS FOR CHANGE’, Natalia created a spin of her misfortune ‘LAUGHTER WITH CANCER’ as her legacy to spread happiness. She posts daily as her promise to smile every single day even (if it is just once) and inspire others to do the same.
In August, Australia’s biggest TV network Channel 7 aired a national story:
Natalia was still in hospital undergoing cancer treatment when she first went viral on social media, hugging 438 strangers in 90 minutes :
Hugs for Change debut fundraiser has successfully raised US$5000 for grassroots charity, Fundacion Mariposas Amarillas (FMA), a small centre for slum children and families around Santa Marta, North Colombia. Founded by Oscar Cortes, who was homeless as a child himself, the school assists and educates children in Colombian slum neighborhoods.
Recently discharged from ICU, she is even more determined to spread her message around the world through delivering one million hugs, to raise one million dollars.
She’ll then donate every cent to charity.
As part of her campaign, it is Nat’s wish to hug Oprah – and enlist her help in sprinkling a little happiness around the globe.
“Cancer can be a dark and lonely place but it doesn’t have to be this way”
“One person can only do so much. Imagine how much happier this world will be if there are more people inspired to do what I do?”