A California mom used her personal passion for helping others to give sick kids a reason to be excited.
As most people know, almost every kid dreams of being a superhero and for many sick kids across the country it seems like an impossible dream. But thanks to Summer Germmann’s “Brave Gowns” program, it is now possible.
Germmann has always wanted to give back. And roughly a decade ago, she started thinking about how to improve the lives of sick children after watching her brother sit in a hospital for days on end because of his cancer diagnosis. But without a divinely timed phone call, it may never have come to fruition.
Several years after that, Germmann had to watch a family friend’s daughter go through a similar battle, but this time she recognized the tug at her heart and did something about it by coming up with a gown program.
Initially Germmann set up a kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and interest about it. And to her surprise, her idea quickly got investors, family and friends interested.
In an interview with Babble, Germmann said the night before she was tempted to sell her idea off to one of the investors that expressed interest, she decided to regroup. Saying a special moment happened and “I got a call from a mentor that I hadn’t spoken with in months asking where I was at with Brave Gowns. I had told him and he said, ‘Don’t do anything!’”
And within days her old friend got a whole medical community of doctors, lawyers and biotech engineers expressing interest in supporting her dream project back. And now the rest is history.
The patterns available for purchase on Brave Gowns website include everything from Mickey Mouse to superheroes. The material used is breathable and retails for $37.
The company also offers a donation program, where a customer can purchase a gown on behalf of a sick child through the starlight program for $25.
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