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Website Turns Sick Children into Superheroes

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Published on Dec 30, 2013

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- They have capes and the whole nine yards; they are superheroes fighting battles against all-to-real villains.They are also children who are being transformed by helpyourhero.org.Jackie Waters navigates through her website with ease. She has been working on HelpYourHero.org for years. It's dedicated to helping sick children transform into superheroes.It has an opportunity to tell the child's real-life story as much as they want to share, but also to create this superhero, this fictional character in our heroverse, we call it and to be able to create whatever story and stories they want.Parents can help their children pack a superhero persona, build headquarters, and then allow friends and family to join their page as Superfriends.Kids transform their illness into an evil nemesis on the website. Jackie was inspired by her own hero, her sister.Tracy Bartlett Siemer battled brain cancer for more than 20 years.She never asked, why me? God, she never complained, very seldom complained even through four major brain surgeries.Before Tracy passed away she took on the persona of a character called Superwoman TSI.During her third brain surgery she said, 'I have to be strong. I have to be made of steel,' and when she did that, everybody else took on that look of, oh there's superman. That reminds me of Tracy.Now Tracy and a local boy, Grant Janszen, have been transformed into superheroes. Grant and Jackies son were best friends. So Jackie decided to show Grant as a hero to inspire other sick kids. After Grant got his wish to meet actor Will Smith, he died.His mother combined Grants name with is favorite sports team to create his superhero. Something to tie into the JHawks, G Hawks, and then his nemesis is Bad To The Bone because Osteosarcoma was a bone cancer.Both women are hoping the site gives families a positive way to cope with illness.Think that's going to help a child so much to take on a different persona, who they are, and I'm a superhero and I can fight this battle and I can win it.They are extremely proud of what they have built to help other people.

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