A ‘Super’ blow to cancer?
They’re so young but already their little bodies are ravaged by cancer. Some of them have had surgery, and almost all are undergoing chemotherapy, which makes them sick and their hair fall out. They don’t know what the future holds or what their long-term prognosis is, but none of them are prepared to give up. They all want to fight. And what makes these seven children, aged four to 14, so special is the way they are getting ready to combat cancer – by creating their own superheroes to ‘kapow!’ the disease.
SuperHope is the brainchild of Basma Al Masri and Tarik Batal, who realised that by creating their own characters to fight cancer, the children were instilling positivity, which is known to improve the quality of a patient’s life during treatment and beyond.
It certainly works – Jubilee, a 14-year-old leukaemia sufferer who created her own magical superhero and dressed up in the costume especially made for her has seen her health improve drastically since becoming involved with the charity. “Doctors have told us the cancer has stopped spreading as of now,” her mum Siena told Friday. “I’m sure the initiative helped.”
Read more on the fantastic children’s charity on page 18 and do your bit to help kapow! cancer by donating if you can.
Until next week,