On Friday, Jan. 8, the Sharks Foundation partnered with local non-profit, Capes4Heroes, to donate custom-made capes to 125 kids at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Clara Medical Center. San Jose Sharks Paul Martin, Ben Smith and Joel Ward, along with TV broadcaster and alum Jamie Baker and radio broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky, visited the Pediatric Unit and helped children of all ages select capes that featured a variety of superheroes and characters.
The afternoon started with arts and crafts and an opportunity for the young patients to meet the Sharks players and broadcasters, who were already busy creating their own crowns to wear along with their Sharks-themed capes. Martin, Smith, Ward, Baker and Rusanowsky then helped kids pick out capes and visited rooms of those who were unable to leave their hospital beds.
Once each cape was selected, Capes4Heroes volunteers hand-sewed each child’s first initial onto the cape, which was presented with a certificate acknowledging their superhero status. The capes help show these young patients that regardless of what battle they are fighting, they have the superhero strength to beat it. Click here to watch the day unfold.
Capes 4 Heroes makes and personalizes superhero capes for kids with disabilities, kids with life threatening illnesses and kids who just need to feel empowered. Their hope is that the capes give these deserving kids the extra boost of strength and courage that will make them feel like the superheroes they truly are! For more information visit: http://capes4heroes.com/.