Iron Ethan Wins Body Part Bingo!

Iron Ethan Wins Body Part Bingo!

Ethan sure makes me smile! He has three Brave Gowns that he alternates regularly, but my favorite part of his pictures are his smile and that he does to play games! I'm not sure that we ever missed a Body Part Bingo at Children's Memorial! It was such a blast. You play it through our in room television and then if you win, you call in and the call goes live and they announce your name and room and then come in with your prizes! The competition gets real and it's so refreshing to forget where you are for even such a short time! I'm so glad Ethan won BODY PART BINGO in this picture!

Follow https://www.facebook.com/groups/ironethanschamps/ to read his story! Thank you to Ethan's mom, Ryanne, for sharing the pictures! We pray that you're all home soon!  www.bravegowns.com

Summer Germann
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No Child Should Spend Their Summer in the Hospital! All BRAVE GOWNS ON SALE!

No Child Should Spend Their Summer in the Hospital! All BRAVE GOWNS ON SALE!

GIVE THE HOSPITAL GOWN THAT TURNS EVERY FROWN UPSIDE DOWN!

We at Brave Gowns believe that no child should spend their summer in the hospital, so we put all BRAVE GOWNS on sale trying to bring a little fun, comfort and smile to them!
They're magical and even please the child that is hypersensitive to materials!
Gift a Brave Gown today! www.bravegowns.com
Summer Germann
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Sometimes You Have To Go Back, Celebrate Small Victories & Remember The Why!

Sometimes You Have To Go Back, Celebrate Small Victories & Remember The Why!

*Since this magical day, CHLA has placed another order, because the gowns were such a hit!

Brave Gowns Clinical Trial Started & I Wanted to Share the Day with You!

I took me longer than expected, so I pull up right on time, not what I originally hoped for. Thankfully God & the universe had my back, because you see that white car right there? Well, that car was pulling away right as I was pulling up and not only was it the only spot on the block, it was also the closest spot (on the street) to the entrance. It was especially helpful due to the heaviness of the box of Brave Gowns, which leads me to the box...

This here box was filled with the 200 Brave Gowns. It's a heavy little box. I made it about four steps from my car to that bench when I started to see stars because I didn't have it gripped correctly. I regrouped, took a deep breath and hustled to the next bench about 75 feet away.

The next bench happened to be right by the entrance and I made it! It might not have been graceful, but I got there and that's when I saw said sign behind the bench which read "valet!" I'm thinking they would have let me pull up and unload the box there, had I known...

Then I went inside, but there was about a 10 family wait to be able to speak with the information booth, so set the box off to the side and got in line. That's I looked over and happened to see this...

I laughed out loud! I mean, look how much Brave Gowns were already helping children and they weren't even out of the box yet!

The lady checked me in and I went to grab the box! That's when a nice women offered me a wagon! She was a lifesaver...literally! She was a nurse...

Up, up and away we go! Sixth floor, here we come!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the doctor that is doing the trial. She's a tough, but gentle woman from Milwaukee, which made me even more fond of her. She could have easily have been a long lost aunt and runs the Pre & Post Op. Fun little fact here...For Pre & Post Op, they have to provide two gowns to each patient. One to cover the front and one to cover the patients back to have access to both. However, Brave Gowns eliminate this problem and the patients can move around comfortably in only one BRAVE GOWN! Well, back to the doctor, it just so happened that she felt the same way about the box as I did, so we took all the gowns out of the box and spread them all over her room so the nurses could come grab them as the pleased!

I gave here a hug, which actually might have scared her a bit, and I was on my way crying with gratitude. By the time I got to my car, I already had the image below from the doctor saying "the nurses loved them so much that they wanted to wear the gowns too!"

                                 (mind you they're not the right size ;)

                                            How adorable are they?

Did I mention that she made me take the empty box? I told you Ioved her!

So, I pulled away from the hospital and had talk radio on. Ok, I actually still had Joel Osteen on from the ride in and out of no where it switched to jazz. It was so out of no where that Iooked down and the radio and there it was...

11:11am

It's our thing. Mac was watching. He was proud. He was letting me know it's all going to be ok! I closed my eyes and took a deep breath and for once...I exhaled, but then I quickly opened my eyes because I realized I was driving!

Last picture...

It was the first day in a year and a half that I realized I might actually get to finally change my toe nail polish color. It's called "Eternal Optimist" and I can't change it until there's a huge movement for Brave Gowns, because I swear it's brought me the most luck ever! Every time I try to wear something else, I lose my mojo, I swear...

Thank you all for being on this journey with me! It's been such a gift...

Watch out world, we have a lot work to do!

Kindly & Blessed,

Summer

Summer Germann
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The Princess Brave Gown!

Use Coupon Code "MAC" For 20% Off A Brave Gown Today!

   

Hi All,

Have you been wanting to order a Brave Gown for a child you know going in for surgery or currently battling an illness in the hospital? Use the coupon code MAC to receive 20% off your current order! It even works for gift cards if you want to let the child choose their favorite Brave Gown! 

What is a Brave Gown? A Brave Gown are the perfect gift to give a child battling an illness or going in for a surgery! Not only our the prints fun and inspirational, the wrinkle-free, breathable material, IV & chest-port access with full back coverage makes the child feel like they have control and peace over their hospital stay. We have everything from firefighters to mermaids to superheroes! Gift a Brave Gown today and don't forget to use the coupon code MAC.

Kindly,

Summer

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A Week of Gratitude

A Week of Gratitude

What a wonderful week this has been! So many amazing families have reached out to share their stories and to order gowns. The John Boy and Billy Show ran a clip on air about Brave Gowns, which I really wish I could have heard, but their fan base reached out to share their support for Brave Gowns which was so kind!

So far this week, we've put these children in superhero gowns, princess gowns, be happy gowns and a few baseball gowns! I always love seeing the orders come through, because I believe in Brave Gowns with all of my heart, but when I see the different sizes, it just crushes me. There were a lot of XS-2/4's that came through. My heart always drops and goes out to these families. Often Brave Gowns are purchased as gifts, when I see the billing and shipping addresses are different, I say a little prayer for the child knowing that the purchaser is trying to brighten the day of someone they love from afar! The gift cards are also doing well, which is so fun for the child to get to pick out their own gown! 

Thank you to all of you that are sharing, supporting and ordering Brave Gowns! To see all the children in these vibrant gowns vs the standard gowns is the most wonderful feeling!

Kindly,

Summer

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Summer Germann
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Praying For Action 4 Jackson & His Family

Praying For Action 4 Jackson & His Family

This a bitter sweet moment to watch from a far. As Jackson's family just celebrated the birth of a baby brother last week, his parents are now suddenly preparing for Jackson to go to hospice. It's beyond special to see the baby laying on Jackson's stomach and seeing that they got to touch and meet physically. Some families witness and experience the circle of life first hand with pediatric cancer and we were one of them. I was pregnant with my daughter, Ocean, when Mac went to heaven. She was born three months later. 
This is one of the many reasons that I am so passionate about Brave Gowns and connecting with every single family that receives a gown. When I see a child in a gown, it brings me back to a time in my life I remember to clearly. I know first hand the fear and moments they're living through. You see so many pictures of children with cancer and their families smiling and making the most of the unknown. There is an adrenaline that is fueling these parents to bury their fears and wear their hope on their sleeves. Children's Hospitals are as magical as all the staff that fills them. The nurses, social workers and Child Life staff try to make these kids feel like they're in Disneyland, while doctors and practitioners are working diligently in the background trying to figure out the best treatment to get these children home. Behind these smiling faces are machines beeping, medicines being pushed, nurses and doctors in and out when the child has just finally fallen asleep, pain, mouth sores, hunger and sleepless nights. 
When looking at Jackson's family in the black and white picture above, I see so many emotions. It's the look of sadness, defeat and peace all at once. One day soon they will be home with their new baby that they will share stories about his big brother Jackson that is up in heaven and find their new normal, a term we all become familiar with. Every occurrence is life will now be calculated by "before cancer or after." It's that simple. They will find laughter, hope and smile once again, but a huge piece of their heart will be in heaven with Jackson. It's safe for me to say that when I see a child in a Brave Gown, I am looking at the piece of my heart that was left in that Children's Hospital with my brother that day. The more children I see wearing a Brave Gown, the more at peace my heart is. Please say a prayer for Jackson, his family and their hearts. Brave Gowns pulled together an amazing community that I am forever grateful for. Thank you.
xo,
Summer
www.bravegowns.com
Summer Germann
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The All New Brave Gown Gift Card!

The All New Brave Gown Gift Card!

Shopping for a little fighter in the hospital but don't know which gown they'd prefer? We just made gifting a Brave Gown to a child in the hospital or a child going in for surgery even easier! 

Give them the gift of choice with a Brave Gowns gift card! Let them choose which gown will bring them magical powers!

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.

Give A Brave Gown Gift Card Today! 

Summer Germann
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ALL NEW FIREMAN & POLICE OFFICER GOWNS

ALL NEW FIREMAN & POLICE OFFICER GOWNS

 

                   

We are so excited to share our new Brave Gown designs! Help children conquer their fears with Brave Gowns that help them feel brave like police officers and strong like fireman! www.bravegowns.com 

Summer Germann
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Brave Gowns in Huffington Post Parents!

Brave Gowns in Huffington Post Parents!

So grateful for the people that take a moment out of their time to help spread the word about Brave Gowns so we can put these amazing children in gowns that give them hope and strength! 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brave-gowns-let-kids-in-the-hospital-dress-like-superheroes-and-rock-stars_us_58d95c15e4b018c46069ea62?

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Spread a Little Holiday Cheer For Patients Everywhere!

Spread a Little Holiday Cheer For Patients Everywhere!

An ELF Brave Gown was designed just in time for the holidays! Spread live and cheer throughout hospitals everywhere. Gift your favorite little patient with the perfect hospital gown this holiday season. Many of us will be home with our families, surrounded by warmth and our Christmas tree. Others aren't so lucky. It is our hopes that these gowns bring lots of smiles to children who just want to be home! We believe in miracles, do you? 

                                          www.bravegowns.com

Summer Germann
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Starlight Children’s Foundation Launches Starlight Brave Gowns Program to Revolutionize Children’s Hospital Gowns

Starlight Children’s Foundation Launches Starlight Brave Gowns Program to Revolutionize Children’s Hospital Gowns

 

We've been working with the Starlight Foundation since July to figure out how we could best partner and put Brave Gowns on children fast and furiously! I am so proud of all that we've accomplished in such a short time! Go Starlight Brave Gowns!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Starlight Children’s Foundation Launches Starlight Brave Gowns Program

to Revolutionize Children’s Hospital Gowns

Michaels provides ten inaugural gown designs and donates first 10,000 gowns as program launch partner

 LOS ANGELES (November 21, 2016) --- Starlight Children’s Foundation today announced the launch of a major new program, Starlight Brave Gowns, with program partner Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer. Starlight Brave Gowns are made of high-quality, comfortable fabric and feature brightly colored, creative designs that will revolutionize children’s hospital gowns and help sick kids feel like superstars. Michaels is providing ten inaugural designs and donating 10,000 gowns to launch the new program from Starlight whose mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

 “Being a sick kid stuck in the hospital is tough, and having to wear a thin, drab hospital gown that blows open in the back makes the experience even worse,” said Chris Helfrich, Starlight CEO. “Starlight Brave Gowns are fun to wear and make a sick kid feel good, inside and out. Our goal is to bring laughter, fun and joy to sick children by delivering millions of these gowns to children’s hospitals and other facilities across the United States. For just $25, anyone can donate a Starlight Brave Gown.”

 Dr. Cara Natterson, a pediatrician, author and member of the Starlight Board of Directors, praised the program: “When kids are comfortable in the hospital, they literally feel better. Starlight Brave Gowns combine super soft fabric and awesome prints. They are the best hospital innovation I have seen in years.”

 "We are proud to continue our partnership with Starlight and to take this next step with them in their important work of brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families," said Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin. “Our mission has always been to inspire and enable creativity and it is our hope that our gowns will not only inspire but uplift these brave patients and their families.”

 “We are so grateful to Michaels for getting behind the Starlight Brave Gowns program to revolutionize children’s hospital gowns as we know them and put smiles on the faces of millions of sick children,” said Helfrich. “Michaels is in a class of their own in terms of putting charity at the forefront of their mission.”

 Originally conceived by entrepreneur and philanthropist Summer Germann to honor her 10-year-old brother who passed away from pediatric cancer in 2002, Starlight Brave Gowns are made for boys and girls ages 2 through 12. Made in the USA, the gowns are manufactured to meet strict hospital infection and safety protocols, and are specially designed to allow for easy access to heart monitors as well as IVs on both sleeves. Additional gown designs, including seasonal options, will be unveiled throughout 2017 and beyond.

 To view and download photos of children wearing three Starlight Brave Gown designs, please click here. Learn more and donate a Starlight Brave Gown for $25 to a seriously ill child at www.starlight.org.

 About Starlight Children’s Foundation

Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by turning pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Founded in 1982 by Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, Starlight has helped more than 60 million sick children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK by providing programs that offer the best in entertainment, education and innovative technology. Steven Spielberg serves as the organization’s Chairman Emeritus. Learn more at www.starlight.org and follow Starlight on Instagram and Facebook at /StarlightChildrensFoundation and on Twitter @StarlightUS.

 About The Michaels Companies, Inc.

The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America's largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.  As of July 30, 2016, the Company owned and operated 1,356 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan's.  The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry.  The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist's Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

Media contact:

Christopher de Haan

Starlight Children’s Foundation

424-245-3698

chris.dehaan@starlight.org

Summer Germann
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Together We Can Spread Happiness At Lurie's Children's Hospital on Halloween!

Together We Can Spread Happiness At Lurie's Children's Hospital on Halloween!

    
Unfortunately, these photos are of children that just want to go outside and play. It's a reality that for children in Children's Hospitals, and many will never take a step outside those doors ever again. It's something that my family experienced first hand.
              
You see that adorable, little Dennis the Menace boy in overalls and Converse in the photo above? Well, he was my brother Mac. He was doing his show and tell at school. You'll notice that he brought in his surfboard, his skateboard and a few other things that made him exactly who he was. The middle picture is him in PICU after two STEM cell transplants and a year of battling two types of Leukemia. You see, Mac, like all the other children, loved playing and being outside and in any body of water possible. He played non-stop until Halloween 2001, when Mac was diagnosed with Leukemia. Seven hours prior, our biggest concern was if Mac was going to feel well enough to go Trick or Treating. Our world was shattered. A year later on Halloween, Mac was now in PICU.
We asked the doctors if we could take Mac out to go trick or treating and they looked at us like we were crazy and now that I look back, maybe we were. Crazy enough to do anything possible to make Mac happy at all costs! Well, needless to say, we didn't get to take him out with us, but my uncle and I did take my son, who was five at the time, trick or treating in the neighborhood that surrounded the Children's Hospital and we got more candy than you could ever imagine and brought it all back to Mac! He was definitely happier, but still was missing out on the fun part of Halloween. He was only 10, of course he wanted to participate in Halloween! So I painted his face like a zombie.
(see middle image).
We were laughing so hard, because honestly, he looked like a hot mess, but he was happy and that was all that mattered in the moment until...Until we had to take the makeup of and his skin started to come with it. We went from laughing into sheer panic and he and I tried to cover it up before our mom got back in the room or the nurses came in. Well, we didn't pull it off...
It's now an amazing memory that I'll never forget but at the time I was like "oh gosh, what have a I done!!!!" Mac is one of the children that never did step out of that hospital again, so those images of children's faces looking outside, is very really to me and I know how precious it is to be able to do something as simple as walking outside, getting a breath of fresh air and to feel the sun on your face. This is why it's so important to me to spread Brave Gowns for Halloween at Lurie's Children's Hospital. Together, this can be our way to give back in memory of Mac and it's a perfect way for children to participate in Halloween without any repercussions of face paint and cheap materials that irritate their skin. The most amazing part of this is that we have a sponsor for $10 per gown, so it's only $26 to sponsor a gown for a child at Lurie's for Halloween! 

“If you have to be in the hospital on Halloween, you miss out on the trick-or-treating,” said a child life specialist. “It would be nice for them to get to dress up and forget about their illness. With Brave Gowns, every patient gets the opportunity to transform into the superhero, princess or character of their dreams."

I'm not sure that we could ask for much more than that! Please sponsor a gown today and if you already have, please share away!!! Also, don't forget to type in GO MAC in the coupon code box to sponsor the gown for only $26! Thank you!  www.bravegowns.com

Kindly,

Summer

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