You Can Help Us Bring Halloween to Children in Hospitals!

You Can Help Us Bring Halloween to Children in Hospitals!

Has anyone told you how brave you are today?
Let us be the first. You are brave!
Not only is it Childhood Cancer Awareness month, today is National Brave Day! Being BRAVE is not my strong suit. I am so afraid to ask anything of anyone and my entire existence. Every day I want to hide, but I believe in doing what I can to help children. So, I face my fears, keep going and ask for help to improve hope and comfort for hospitalized children. My goal has always been to put 3.4 million Brave Gowns on children in memory of my brother. One for every child that enters the doors of a children's hospital every year. If we can make that moment of unknown a little more comfortable and help ease any fear and anxiety for children at the beginning of their treatment, then that's all we can hope for!
Please read below to understand why it's so personal and important for us to bring trick-or-treating to children that will be in the hospital on Halloween. We lived it first hand.
You Can Help Us Bring Halloween to Children in Hospitals!

More than 3 million children are hospitalized in the United States. Every 33 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer, and that's just one reason that children are admitted to the hospital.

Eighteen years ago on Halloween, my family became one of those statistics. Little did we know we were about to be faced with the fight of our lives. My brother, my only sibling, was only ten-years-old. I was 15 years older than Mac. We went from an office visit to driving straight to Children's Memorial, directly to the fight of our lives. Mac ended up spending just over a year in the hospital.

My favorite memory of our journey was the following year once again, on Halloween. My brother was in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and couldn't Trick-or-Treat. He was lying there in a dingy, pale yellow hospital gown that looked like it had been washed hundreds of times. There was nothing festive about it. It did not represent his personality or the holiday that he so loved! So, I painted his face like a zombie. We were laughing so hard at that moment. Life felt a bit "normal" during this horrible time, but then we got in so much trouble! His skin practically peeled off as we were trying to wipe off the makeup.  All I could see behind the wash cloth was his smile. Mac looked so happy, just like a ten-year-old boy should. Halloween Day, 2001 to the eve of Thanksgiving 2002. I wish my story had a happy ending and I can tell you that my brother lived, but he is in heaven. He fought a battle that they said was impossible, but he beat it. In the end, he went to heaven due to a medical error. 

I will never forget his face looking out the window on that first Halloween. Together we can make sure that every hospitalized child gets to be a kid on Halloween!

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Thank you!

Summer Germann

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