If you've ever spent more than a minute inside the walls of a children's hospital, you know that there is a common understanding that medically fragile children are superheroes. They battle disease and circumstances most adults couldn't fathom facing themselves. What's more, these kids do it with a certain joie de vivre that not only contradicts the heaviness of their reality but also inadvertently inspires and gives hope to every other human they come in contact with.
But these tiny patients aren't the only heroes in this scenario. Doctors, nurses, parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, friends... Every member of the child's care team is a hero in their own right, many suffering from illness themselves. Extreme stress and trauma ultimately affect their psychological and physical being yet they don't ask for help. The child is their only priority,.
These heroes walk among us and they don't wear armour or announce that they are engaged in a fight for life itself. They are silent heroes , suffering from "invisible illness" and they aren't meant to do it alone. Yet, they often do.
That's where CapeFree Connection comes in. The power of community is healing beyond measure. A community of superheroes? Even better. What is your superpower?
Already in America:
🗙 An average of 50% of marriages end in divorce with a significant decline in marriages altogether.
🗙 3 out of 5 Americans report having feelings of loneliness either “frequently” or “all the time”.
🗙 An estimated 24% of American adults with a mental illness report an unmet need for treatment &
this number has not declined since 2011.
Families impacted by childhood illness additionally face:
🗲 85% of marriages end in divorce within the first 5 years of the child’s diagnosis.
🗲 40% of parents meeting some or all of the criteria for a clinical diagnosis of PTSD.
🗲 58% of adolescent siblings, often referred to as, “glass children” have unexpressed emotions
regarding a disabled brother or sister and therefore remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Connection & Community - We believe in the healing power of community and encourage lasting connection among family members.
Candor & Credibility - We believe in the importance of honesty and integrity while maintaining confidentiality within our community of professionals and experienced volunteers.
Compassion & Care - We believe that every member of the families we serve should know that they are deeply loved and completely understood.
How Does CapeFree Connection Help?
☇ inpatient families with gift cards, groceries, gas, reduced or no-cost home & auto services, pet care, lawn care, emergency home repairs utilities, & OTC medical expenses so they can focus more on caring for each other and connecting.
☇ the relationships of all family
members with referrals to hand-picked professionals and specialists who can provide the much-needed, physical, psychological, spiritual support SPECIFIC TO each family’s unique situation.
☇ families to families with similar shared experiences by offering social opportunities like Parent’s Night Out events, gifted group experiences, in-person gatherings, and educational events & seminars.