Hope Week

I AM SOMEBODY: A Message of HOPE

by Bobby Gubin

Credit: New York Yankees

Be nice. Most of us have heard it time and again, whether at playgrounds, in classrooms, cafeterias, you name it. No matter, how simple it sounds, so many of us have experienced bullying in some manner. 

Bald, Bold, and Confident

by Mack Rosenberg

The Childrens Alopecia Project, or CAP, was created in 2004 by Jeff Woytovich. His daughter Madison contracted the hair loss disease a year earlier while her mother was unbraiding her hair after a wedding.

Alopecia is an auto-immune disease that involves hair follicles being mistakenly attacked resulting in almost complete hair loss for most victims. The disease has affected approximately 4 million Americans.

Yankee Players Surprise Local Senior Home Party

by Nolan Silbernagel

The employees and residents of the East Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx were getting ready for what was originally thought to be a regular Thursday visit by the local organization, the GlamourGals. GlamourGals is a group of high school and college aged males and females who pay frequent visits to nursing homes and pamper them with manicures and makeovers. However, this special event was enhanced by some unexpected visitors.

Big Andy, Little Andy, and the Gift of Hope

by Alex Smith

Courtesy New York Yankees

For many New York Yankees fans, getting a chance to meet the players, throwing out the first pitch at a game, and having the team throw a party just for you would all be bucket list items; once in a lifetime opportunities that may never be accomplished. On Wednesday, June 27th, Andy Fass did all of those things, and he is only five years old. Andy will start kindergarten in the fall, and he will have a pretty cool story to tell the other kids.

An Angel in Queens

by Matt Sinise

Jorge Muñoz lives in a small two-story house in Queens with his mother and sister. A Colombian immigrant, he has always had to work hard to support himself and his family, and he has been jobless since December of last year. While most people would be desperate to find a job for himself, Jorge continues to give to others first. Since 2004, he has served dinners to up to 140 people in need a day.

A Surprise Ride for Some Young Equestrians

by Eric Mollo

While horseback riding is a recreational activity for most people, it serves as a developmental, confidence-building exercise for the children of Flying Manes. Located at the Riverdale Equestrian Center in the North Bronx, trained volunteers teach children ages four and older various equine activities through the forum of therapeutic riding.