Australian cancer patient’s mission: To hug her idol Oprah – and one million others around the world!
On May 25th 2015, Australian 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.
A professional life coach, Nat “the hug-aholic” believes there is immense power in laughter and the human touch.
As founder of ‘HUGS FOR CHANGE’, Natalia created a spin of her misfortune ‘LAUGHTER WITH CANCER’ as her legacy to spread happiness.
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 : https://youtu.be/hwGN_hTuo9E via @YouTube
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 last Thursday, she is even more determined to spread her message around the world through delivering one million hugs, to raise one million dollars.
As part of her campaign, it is Nat’s wish to hug Oprah this December – 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?”
Hugs for. Change : http://www.hugsforchange.com
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