It’s all about the kids; punching, giggling, kicking, making goofy faces, blocking, laughing, being kids! But it’s also about learning; being still, breathing, focusing, listening, talking to one another, dealing with pain, anger, frustration.
I have been a volunteer with Kids Kicking Cancer for over a year. I assist with the martial arts classes in the Southfield office, working primarily with the 3- to 6-year old children. I am honored and privileged to be a part of this organization. Everything they do is about the kids; from the classes to the special events to the inpatient and outpatient visits. I have never seen a group of people more focused on their mission and purpose, or an organization as successful at bringing some light into the darkness that our kids must face through no fault of their own.
Power, peace, purpose - that says it all!
I’ve been a volunteer at Kids Kicking Cancer for the past 18 months. The Kids Kicking Cancer organization has created an environment unlike anything else I have ever witnessed.
I spend most of my time with children in the three to five year age group (there are also sessions for older children). Although they are young children, many of them have had to deal more challenges than many adults, myself included. Kids Kicking Cancer helps the children to deal with their challenges, on a physical, mental, emotional, and social basis.
I still remember the first class I attended. The class instructor told the class it was time to do a body scan. The idea being the children lie down, do some deep breathing and consciously focus on relaxing each part of their bodies. I’m thinking to myself, this isn’t going to last long - a room full of three/four/five year olds all lying down doing meditation. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, each and every student, lying still with eyes closed. The only sound in the room was the quite voice of the instructor walking them through the meditation.
In some respects the young children seem mature well beyond their handful of years, but they are also fun loving kids. They love to laugh and joke, kick and punch, crawl through tunnels and waiting for their turn to go under the big parachute.
Everything about Kids Kicking Cancer is focused on the children. Whether it is teaching meditation techniques, or an opportunity to allow children who may have never had a chance before to see a baseball game or go trick or treating.
Kids kicking Cancer organization has been a God send for my family! My six-year-old son has sickle cell disease. I have always been an advocate for teaching my children that the sky is the limit. Every time we drove by an institution the advertised martial arts my son would say “mommy I want to do karate”. In my mind I felt that one false move could trigger a sickle cell pain crisis. I did not want to go back on telling my son there was nothing he couldn’t do . I was explaining my dilemma with a friend of mine whose son had just gone through and survived cancer. She introduced me to kids kicking cancer. Once she explain how this organization implemented power breathing and how much it helped her son with pain, I was sold. I prefer natural holistic treatment vs narcotics any day!! Once we joined this organization, I had no idea all the other great opportunities this organization offered to my family. The community they create in being able to speak to other families thats going through the same thing has been Phenomenal! Finally someone who understands my situation that I can relate to. Last but certainly not least my son has a sister who is one year older than him. She has often expressed feeling like she gets less attention and feels left out. The older she gets the more she’s beginning to understand the complexity of his disease. The awesome thing about kids kicking cancer is that this organization allow siblings to participate as well. This is giving my daughter a chance to meet other children with diseases as well as meet their siblings that are going through feelings similar to hers. This has helped her to truly empathize and understand her brother so much more. I am so grateful for this organization. They work so hard at helping families gain some type of normalcy. I don’t know where we’d be without them!!!
This organization has helped my daughter in so many ways. She's 4 years old going through cancer treatment and has learned to deal with the pain through breathing techniques taught by kids kicking cancer. They are generous, outgoing, and care about each child that comes to their program.
This is a place of healing and taking back control of mind and body for my 3-year-old daughter as well as for me as a parent of a child with a life threatening illness. Participating in Kids Kicking Cancer has changed our lives for the better. A unique and incredibly valuable resource for families going through journeys during and after treatment.
My granddaughter Haley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2013. She was 8 years old. Rhabdomyosarcoma is an aggressive pediatric cancer that attacks the body's muscles. The diagnosis came right out of left field-no sickness-no clues-no nothing. She was to start chemotherapy and radiation therapy immediately. In the mind of an 8 year old Im sure she felt isolated and confused. Her life had been turned upside down. She got extremely sick. She lost alot of weight and weighed less than 50 lbs. She stopped eating because she thought if she ate she would get sick. We thought we were going to lose her. Enter Kids Kicking Cancer. This organization is a martial arts therapy program. Haley has always wanted to take martial arts. The program was started by Rabbi Goldberg-a doctor-black belt martial artist-and a father who lost his own daughter to cancer. There are weekly classes taught by martial arts volunteers and is a non contact class. The children are taught to breathe through their pain and are told that they are powerful martial artists. The cancer patients and siblings can participate in class and it is a great social network for kids and their parents who can talk to someone who can relate to your circumstances. The martial artists will come to the hospital and visit the students when they are sick and being treated. There are many outings for the students and family throughout the year. The program is free of charge and there is transportation provided to students who have no way of attending the class. The students-families-and staff encourage each other. The organization has tripled in size since we joined in 2013. The change it has brought about in my granddaughter is unbelievable. She has become Kids Kicking Cancers biggest cheerleader. We owe so much to this organization-the founder Rabbi G-the program director Cindy Cohen-the Senseis Richard-Peter-and Michael and all the staff. We love love love this organization. They do so much good.
I have been volunteering and helping with this organization for several years now. They do incredible work. I see families who rely on them for support during their darkest times and stick around for year after year. Life changing for so many people!
Such devotion and care seems to be put into how the money is spent at the office - donations are extremely appreciated and it shows in how money is carefully used.
Great organization to be a part of. KKC has made a huge impact in my son and families life, my son was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, they have been there for support since the beginning, they come to the hospital to see the kids, which helped us out alot, the visits got my son through some hard times. They always have fun outings planned which my son looked forward to going to even if he could not make an outing, they always had something else planned and made sure that he could come if he was well enough. Most of the outings were experiences that ordinary kids don't get to do, so some of the outings was a first for my son, we will have many memories to cherish, thanks to KKC. This is a phenomenal organization.
Kids kicking cancer has been the best thing for my son during these trying times. First of all the martial arts and the power breathing and all of the positive people in the organization. They have a lot of positive things for the kids to do to keep there minds on better things. They also send us to alot of nsporting events. My son loces that. Thank you for considering this organization.
From the first karate class, my boys were hooked. It was definitely an adjustment because they had never participated in any kind of organized sport or school. They looked forward to going every week and they transformed before our eyes. They grew in discipline and control of their bodies and they learned how to work out their anger and frustration. Watching them do something that makes them happy in a time that has been so unhappy is indescribable.
Everyone at KKC has treated us like family from the moment we walked in the door. We are incredibly grateful for the privilege of being apart of their family. Kids Kicking Cancer has been a life saver for us and has helped make our family whole again.
Leah was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor at the age of four. Leah had a 13 hour surgery to resect the tumor. A year later we where devestated to find out the tumor returned and Leah would have to go though another surgery. Leah was left with anxiety , fear , and untrust for the medical world. That’s when we found kids kicking cancer. Leah enjoys her karate class! She loves her friends and trusts her Sensei completely. Sensei Micheal goes to the hospital with Leah to power Breath with her. Leah no longer has to be held down kicking and crying. Kids kicking cancer helped us in so many ways we are forever grateful!!
Kids Kicking Cancer is an awesome organization!!! My son uses his power breathing techniques regularly!!! The program has taught him how to use meditation and martial arts to help him during all of his medical treatments. Our family is thankful to Kids Kicking Cancer for helping our son to help himself!!!