I contacted Kids Kicking Cancer when Caleb was 2-years-old, following two surgeries, ﬁve very hard rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 rounds of Proton Radiation. Although he was small even for the Little Heroes program, Caleb loved the classes and learned to “Breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.” Sensei’s Peter and Michael have been amazing with him. Their fun, yet ﬁrm approach to teaching the children karate moves along with the breathing techniques is amazing. How they talk to each child individually, making a connection to them, makes the classes fun for little restless kids, as well as ultimately working with them on how to deal with hospital visits is something to be praised!
Kids Kicking Cancer also means so much to the families of the cancer child. When your child has cancer, without being asked or wanting to, you become a member of the “cancer family” which is often a lonely isolated road. Kids Kicking Cancer provides a safe, non-judgmental place to belong. It aﬀords families opportunities to attend events they otherwise couldn’t. Time to spend together as a family in a safe environment, a place for parents and care givers to meet and talk and give support to one another, as well as the power to help our son when he goes in for his cancer checkups.
The Kids Kicking Cancer mantra of “Power, Peace, Purpose” is everything! Power to take control of their life situation! Power breathing through diﬃcult times. Power to be more than what their cancer says they can be. Peace, a place to feel at ease and safe from outside judgment. Peace to belong to a big family who understands what you are going though. Peace to know others care about you. Purpose, to give direction to children who are facing life-threatening illnesses.
I am grateful to the Kids Kicking Cancer program for all that is has done for little Caleb, and as he grows older, all that it will do for him. We can’t get back the ﬁrst year and a half of Caleb’s life and the time he spent in the hospital or undergoing medical treatment, we can only look ahead and make new and happy memories of the bright future he has ahead of himself and the Kids Kicking Cancer program helps to make these happy, life long memories as well as providing us with a sense of power, peace, and purpose!