Indialantic, Florida. On April 2 Barbara and John O’Brien of Indialantic joined their son Marc at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia during the Global Health & Humanitarian Summit to unveil their new non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity Sanctuary Island, Inc. to more than 350 non- profit charities from around the world.
Using Cocoa Beach’s Blue Note Books Publication’s Special Person To Ride and Peter The Peteeatrick Panda’s Playground that were authored by Marc based on his own journey, Marc did therapeutic horse back riding in Florida. The presentation outlined the story and why Sanctuary Island Inc. was established. The mission is dedicated to servicing local wounded warriors, disabled, and children facing adversity.
Created by “Doc Hollywood” Dr. Neil Schulman Associate Professor Emory School, the Global Health & Humanitarian Summit that featured the local Space Coast speakers was an inspiring and passionate experience. The break-out session entitled Clowning, Creativity, & Making a Difference included Dr. John Glick from the Gesundheit Institute visionary Patch Adams MD founded.
“Marc’s journey has been so successful,” President Barbara O’Brien, RN, MSN and health care executive said. “Imagine how many warriors, disabled and children facing adversity could benefit from duplicating horseback riding, attending Peter events and writing/self-publishing challenges-accepted-challenges-met stories as her son did so well. They would like to replicate this experience and allow others to enjoy the same enhancement of self esteem.”
After the weekend conference, Sanctuary Island Inc. founders headed south back to the Space Coast for two reading engagements at the Melbourne Beach Public Library to teach children through story telling and coloring about health and life’s experiences. For two sessions the Las Vegas based author entertained the children and toddlers ranging in age from three to four years old with the story telling featuring a live action character panda mining in a way that the youngsters would understand.
“We really enjoy bringing this simple party experience to these kids and allow them to explore health care,” said the Barry University graduate author, “feeling comfortable about what happens at the hospital only makes the job easier on doctors and nurses and I hope Peter will make the child relax when being treated.”
To purchase books or to donate to Sanctuary Island Inc.. Please email: Barbaralobrienmhs@comcast.net or call 321-728-7252.