September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the thousands of children and their families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, raise awareness about the reality of childhood cancer, and highlight the non-profits that support patients and families.
Did you know that in the US, 43 children receive a cancer diagnosis each day? That’s nearly 16,000 per year.
What about hospital stays? On average one hospital stay for a pediatric cancer patient costs more than $40,000.
Did you know there is a local non-profit committed to helping pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients right here in Austin? Let us introduce you to, Superhero Kids,
a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients and families at Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center of Central Texas. Superhero Kids supports in hospital programming as well
as provides financial assistance for families for expenses not reimbursed by insurance.
Superhero Kids patients are among the most immune compromised during “normal” times, so it has been a challenge to keep them engaged during COVID-19. Here is what Superhero Kids has been up to keep patients’ spirits up during these tough times:
During the COVID-19 quarantine, Superhero Kids partnered with another non-profit to provide over 80 families with care packages including daily necessities, food and activities for kids.
The Survivor Challenge Running program, an 8-week program that reintroduces “being active and physical” to children and teens who have become inactive due to their cancer and/or treatment, has been transformed into a virtual program. Together families log the hours of running/walking, and upon completion they are eligible for prizes!
Superhero Kids has awarded $20,000 dollars in scholarships for graduating seniors who are starting college this fall. They also provided backpacks for their patients in preparation for the very different fall semester.