Only Make Believe Continues to Bring Laughter to Children in Hospitals
Only Make Believe is the New York City and newly, Washington D.C., based
non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to
children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities. Since
1999, this organization has brought interactive theater performed by
professional actors to over 35,000 children and families in 52 hospitals
in the NYC metro area and 3 hospitals in the D.C. area.
support from Jude Law, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles, Rachel Weisz, Alan Cumming, Kathie Lee Gifford, Chistopher Meloni, Petra Nemcova, and
more, Only Make Believe has brought joy and hope to the hearts of
families and children facing hard times. With the recent opening of
their Washington D.C. sector, they have already brought the healing
power of laugher to almost 300 children in Washington D.C. within one
year and do not plan to stop now! For more information on the
organization, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org.
Dena Hammerstein founded the non-profit Only Make Believe in 1999 in memory of her late husband, Broadway producer and director James Hammerstein, son of Oscar Hammerstein part of the legendary musical writing and composing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The organization was created to bring live interactive theater
free-of-charge to children living with chronic illnesses and
disabilities. Only Make Believe provides theatrical workshops
conducted by teams of professional actors, once a week for six weeks,
free-of-charge to hospitals and other medical institutions.
Make Believe’s interactive live performances encourage children to
participate and perform alongside actors, transporting them from a
hospital to the enchanting world of make believe. Director of Child Life
at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center explained, “It
was truly wonderful to see the patients clapping, singing and dancing to
the music when often times we just see them lying in bed.” While Only
Make Believe does wonders to help bring happiness to the lives of
children suffering from chronic illness and disease, it also helps to
bring joy back into the hearts of parents. One parent explained, “After
each play, I feel like a new person who’s ready to face life. This show
helps me gain my sense of humor again.” For children and their families,
Only Make Believe strives to uphold the principle that freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.
For more information, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org