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Sick or hurt? Don’t be scared - be a Heroic Hospital Warrior!

Published about 1 year ago by Alexis Alexander

We’ve been talking about SickKids a lot lately and they are bound to come up again because they are important us. Before we move onto other books and topics we wanted to share one more post about our relationship with SickKids and why this partnership means the world to our family.

Childhood is a brief chapter in life that leaves a lasting imprint as we grow. It’s the foundation of our whole lives; the place where our stories, relationships and memories begin. Ask anyone about their childhood and you’re sure to get a visceral reaction - the good, the bad, the endless discoveries and the pure joy of being a kid. It truly is an amazing time!

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that parents strive to make childhood as magical as it can be. We’re not just talking about ice cream cones and trips to Disney World - we mean the really magical stuff: love, laughter, family, security, happiness and health. These elements are as important as the food we eat and the air we breathe, and kids depend on us to create this type of environment for them.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and furthermore, a positive childhood is closely linked to the development of important emotional skills. The Canadian Pediatric Society reports that a child’s early childhood experiences can either nurture health and resiliency or make children vulnerable to poor health and development. “If children are supported with positive environments and social experiences, their future will look bright. But if they experience chronic stressors...their development and health and well-being risk being disrupted or undermined.”

Some stressors can be avoided, but others are beyond our control - health issues and childhood injuries are a great example of this. In many cases, our health is something we take for granted until it’s threatened. It may be a simple cold, a broken arm or a serious illness - when you’re little, any challenge can feel big!

Heroic Hospital Quest is a love letter to kids who have undergone health-related struggles. It’s a tribute to the parents of sick children and the medical teams that help them heal and recover. While the book is set in a hospital, it’s easy to relate the story to less serious illnesses. It may be “just” an ear infection, but when you’re three years old, that’s serious stuff! No matter how big or small the ailment, this story will comfort and inspire kids.

Friendly Fables author Alexis Alexander is a regular presenter at Sick Kids Hospital - a role he loves and feels personally connected to. His own son (the little boy who inspired this story) was treated at Sick Kids in 2017 and received exceptional care. Alexis and his wife are eternally grateful to the hospital, and are thrilled to donate $1 from the sales of each book to the Sick Kids Foundation.

“When I’m at Sick Kids and I see the children staying there, I just want to make them smile,” Alexis says. “Every child deserves to smile. They don’t know the responsibilities ahead of them - this is their time to shine! I love giving them a reason to feel good, even under difficult circumstances.”

If we could tell kids one thing, it’s this: when you get sick, don’t be scared. Everything is going to be ok. With the help of a doctor and the love of your family, you’re in good hands.

To purchase your copy of Heroic Hospital Quest (including a $1 donation to Sick Kids Hospital), please click here.

We’ve been talking about SickKids a lot lately and they are bound to come up again because they are important us. Before we move onto other books and topics we wanted to share one more post about our relationship with SickKids and why this partnership means the world to our family.

Childhood is a brief chapter in life that leaves a lasting imprint as we grow. It’s the foundation of our whole lives; the place where our stories, relationships and memories begin. Ask anyone about their childhood and you’re sure to get a visceral reaction - the good, the bad, the endless discoveries and the pure joy of being a kid. It truly is an amazing time!

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that parents strive to make childhood as magical as it can be. We’re not just talking about ice cream cones and trips to Disney World - we mean the really magical stuff: love, laughter, family, security, happiness and health. These elements are as important as the food we eat and the air we breathe, and kids depend on us to create this type of environment for them.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and furthermore, a positive childhood is closely linked to the development of important emotional skills. The Canadian Pediatric Society reports that a child’s early childhood experiences can either nurture health and resiliency or make children vulnerable to poor health and development. “If children are supported with positive environments and social experiences, their future will look bright. But if they experience chronic stressors...their development and health and well-being risk being disrupted or undermined.”

Some stressors can be avoided, but others are beyond our control - health issues and childhood injuries are a great example of this. In many cases, our health is something we take for granted until it’s threatened. It may be a simple cold, a broken arm or a serious illness - when you’re little, any challenge can feel big!

Heroic Hospital Quest is a love letter to kids who have undergone health-related struggles. It’s a tribute to the parents of sick children and the medical teams that help them heal and recover. While the book is set in a hospital, it’s easy to relate the story to less serious illnesses. It may be “just” an ear infection, but when you’re three years old, that’s serious stuff! No matter how big or small the ailment, this story will comfort and inspire kids.

Friendly Fables author Alexis Alexander is a regular presenter at Sick Kids Hospital - a role he loves and feels personally connected to. His own son (the little boy who inspired this story) was treated at Sick Kids in 2017 and received exceptional care. Alexis and his wife are eternally grateful to the hospital, and are thrilled to donate $1 from the sales of each book to the Sick Kids Foundation.

“When I’m at Sick Kids and I see the children staying there, I just want to make them smile,” Alexis says. “Every child deserves to smile. They don’t know the responsibilities ahead of them - this is their time to shine! I love giving them a reason to feel good, even under difficult circumstances.”

If we could tell kids one thing, it’s this: when you get sick, don’t be scared. Everything is going to be ok. With the help of a doctor and the love of your family, you’re in good hands.

To purchase your copy of Heroic Hospital Quest (including a $1 donation to Sick Kids Hospital), please click here.