December 15, 2014
Holiday cheer fills the Bob Bullock History Museum each December during the CBCC holiday party. Superhero Kids is the main sponsor of this special night to give CBCC patients and their families a chance to relax and celebrate happy moments together.
This year’s event featured the bright lights and glitter of a St. Nicholas Fest theme. Kids enjoyed face painting and crafts, visiting with Santa, picking out special toys and gifts, decorating gingerbread cookies, and dancing the night away.Families loved taking carriage rides under the stars and will treasure their keepsake family photos.
Samia and John Joseph are the founders of Superhero Kids and say the best part of the evening is watching patients and their families have fun.
“We find great joy in providing the holiday party to families,” says Samia. “Two years ago one of the patients we got to know very well attended the party. It was her last Christmas and we remembered how much fun she had. Later the family told us the party meant everything to them because it was their opportunity to be together one last time.”
The holiday party is just one of many CBCC programs sponsored by Superhero Kids. Many families of children with serious illnesses typically face unexpected financial hardships and loss of income. Superhero Kids has become an important safety net by providing emergency financial assistance to pay for basic living expenses like food, clothing, shelter or transportation.
“The CBCC emergency funds assist families through these overwhelming financial changes and allows them to focus on loving and caring for their children,” says CBCC social worker Carmen Gattis, LMSW.
Ongoing Superhero Kids program funding includes the annual Camp Rocky Ridge retreat for teens; Survivor Challenge exercise training for patients and their families; educational scholarships for patients;laptops for use in the outpatient clinic; and the Food Fight for Life nutrition program.
Superhero Kids funding is helping to develop a new online tool that will give each patient the ability to create their own book to personalize their cancer journey. The Josephs are thrilled to bring a project to the CBCC that will recognize the superhero in every kid.
John says,“When we see the kids at Camp Rocky Ridge and outside the clinic setting,they’re just like every other kid—they dance, play,laugh and tease one another. It’s incredible to see it.At a recent camp, we watched one patient give her wheelchair to another child who was having a hard time walking.These kids keep doing things for one another. They’re going through their own thing, but they’re always thinking about others.They are incredible and a real inspiration to Samia and me.”