Markus was diagnosed with sickle cell Beta thalesemia at birth. Kids Kicking Cancer has helped my son particularly in learning how to breathe when he has to endure shots at the clinic or ER visits for crises. Before Markus joined Kids Kicking Cancer, he had to be held down by 3 or 4 staff including myself just to get an IV. I think the fear of being poked has mostly gone away since he has been in this class. We first learned about Kids Kicking Cancer from a flyer that was posted at the clinic in Children’s Hospital of Michigan. I was skeptical at first, but after Markus’s last hospital stay, saw firsthand how this helped Markus, and he inspired and impressed his doctor. The power breathing techniques that are taught has helped my family tremendously.