[LISTEN] Reach For a Dream - and how the power of hope makes way for healing

Reach for a Dream is celebrating its 30th year with annual Slipper Day on Friday.

The initiative, which makes the dreams of children with life-threatening illness come true, fulfills nearly four dreams per day and has brought hope to over thousands of these children across South Africa.

Katy Katopodis, standing in for Azania Mosaka, explored the power of hope with the foundation's chairman, Mervyn Serebo and Dr Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor of Immunology at Harvard Medical School.

Serebo says Reach for a Dream has always know that hope is an integral part of healing.

It is indeed a very important part of the whole process of recovery so we are just proud of the fact that we instill hope.

Mervyn Serebo, Chairman at Reach For A Dream

We are actually affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people a year.

Mervyn Serebo, Chairman at Reach For A Dream

Groopman shared insight into the science of hope.

It turns out that there are profound changes in the chemistry of the brain that occur where there is belief and expectation.

Dr Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor of Immunology at Harvard Medical School

When someone believes there is a possibility of improvement, that has major changes in chemicals that then percolate through the body and it has been shown with rigorous scientific research that a number of diseases are actually improved, ameliorated simply through that emotion.

Dr Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor of Immunology at Harvard Medical School

Click on the link below to listen to the full conversation....


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