posted on Friday, July 24, 2020
You know we have a thing for mascots around here, and Louie Lionheart™ is the cuddliest of mascots. Louie Lionheart™ is part of the My Journey Series that works to make life easier for families battling childhood cancer. In 2019, 590 Iowa families participated in the program which is provided to families at no cost thanks to the generosity of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.
In addition to Louie Lionheart™, the My Journey Series includes the My Journey Book™, Beads4Bravery™ and the Courage Store™.The My Journey Book allows families to not only track treatments and identify support networks, but also document their entire journey.
Patients also receive Beads4Bravery™— a program offering children a unique bead for each difficult stage of treatment. Nearly 60 unique beads are housed at both Blank Children’s Hospital and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City and represent procedures such as port access, radiation, surgery, ultrasound, blood transfusion and stem cell harvest.
The Courage Store™ allows children to redeem hard-earned Bravery Bucks™ after some of their most challenging treatments. The Courage Store™ is stocked with figurines, board games, card games, books, stickers, dolls, puzzles and superhero costumes. Gift cards are supplied for teenagers for places like Target, Amazon and the Apple Store so they can download apps or pick out items such as headphones or books.
Until a cure for cancer is found, we hope the My Journey Series helps make life easier for children and their families.
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