Investing in Our Future

by Donna Lewis May 2017 Also on Digital Edition

Investing in Our Future

Our children are our most valuable resources. When we invest in their care, we invest in our future. I had the privilege of spending time with two powerhouses who already garner nationwide attention. But it’s not their fame, or their household names, that are changing lives, it’s their mutual passion for children that unites them. This mission sparked a merger that is bringing world-class pediatric health care to the Palm Beaches. Barbara Nicklaus and Marie Osmond joined forces in the pursuit of helping sick children locally and globally. Osmond was the keynotespeaker at the Nicklaus’ Golden Heart Luncheon in Palm Beach Gardens and shared stories of her biggest passions—music and children—her own eight children and the 11 million she’s helping through her tireless work on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which she co-founded. I and the other guests got to spend an intimate afternoon with the superstar who told heartfelt stories of children courageously overcoming adversities. She was chatty, relatable, entertaining and humorous, pausing only to emit an infectious cackle that made you feel like you were visiting with an old friend. She captivated the audience with anecdotal stories of her hero—her mother—who raised nine kids and weathered life’s challenges with grace, and of her heartthrob brother, Donnie. (“Raise your hand if you thought you were going to marry my brother,” she said.) Coming from a family of nine that played 27 musical instruments, it’s evident that music has been a healing voice throughout her life. “Music is Medicine” is not only the title of her new album, but it’s an antidote to what’s ailing our children—“a fix” for her “miracle kids.” “True happiness comes from stepping out and helping others. We become better people because of selflessly giving to others, especially innocent children,” she summated.

The taboo topic of innocence lost through the unthinkable crime of human trafficking is not typical commentary for an upscale lifestyle magazine, but these vulnerable children need our help, too. Unbelievably, human trafficking is one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, outpacing the illegal arms trade, and South Florida is a hotbed. Given the transient nature of our state, along with California and Texas, young victims are easy prey for this modern-day slavery, and only one percent of them will ever escape. Check out our hard-hitting feature “Heavy Traffic” on page 60 to see what local organizations are doing to break the cycle and provide freedom for these victims.

Ever go on vacation, only to need another one to recover from it? Well, not so with the 15 wellness resorts we feature in “Healthy Staycations.” They will rejuvenate, restore and re-energize you with mindful, healing offerings. And bonus—you won’t gain vacation weight! Our Top Docs list from Castle Connolly is back, with experts in a myriad of subspecialties, to reference all year. With healthy living advice from industry experts and America’s Doctor, Dr. Oz himself, you can be proactive about your health and make smart decisions, because health care reform starts with us, in our own homes. To your health,