Smiles for the whole family

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The day I received your gift, I had had a terrible “sibling” day. My daughter’s teacher had called to let me know that Lucia had gotten upset in class and had started crying because they had to read a story about a girl who went to the doctor’s office with a severe headache. She ended up needing an MRI and then last with her mom questioning what her future would hold. Lucia has lived through this and was naturally upset.

That day I started thinking about all the ways Tommy’s siblings had been affected, all the things I had planned to do for them but never got to it, the extra curricular things I wanted to give them but due to lack of time and money, I never did. Then I thought of all the ways life was unfair for them, all the prizes Tommy received, I somehow stopped blaming myself and told myself that we did the best we could with what we had and that was all we could do.

Then your gift arrived. I swear I felt John with me and just thanked him and thanked all who loved him and all who raised this money for someone else, someone they may not know. I promised him we would do things for Tommy’s siblings, to bring them a smile and some joy.

Academic Assistance

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When your child is diagnosed with a brain tumor one of the many feelings is lack of control for what is happening. Our son Andrew was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 3 and as a result of the growing tumor in his brain, surgery, and many years of chemotherapy came many deficits including academic. We knew early on that Andrew needed a very specific academic environment but with that came the tremendous financial burden of placing him in a private school that could meet those needs.

While the clinical aspect of Andrew’s diagnosis limits what we can control, we know that we can control where he goes to school. We can provide him a place where he is happy and thriving. John Shapiro’s Superheroes has given us the financial support to lessen the burden of the tuition that comes with Andrew’s school and having that control we could not be more grateful.