My Name is Erika Ellis the parent of E’Lontae Favors . He was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor at the age of 2 . We were introduced to KKC during our hospital stays . It took me a while to go check it and I’m so happy I did.
We joined when he was 6 now he is 9 not a long time but the time we have been there it’s been nothing but a great, caring and loving place. KKC has taught my children never to give up and to keep going no matter what especially through pain. Before KKC E’Lontae would come talk to me about other children and ask me why are they mean , why they don’t like me , why they talk about my head ... He wasn’t sure and didn’t want to go back to school. But since KKC he was able to see and connect with other kids like him and that made him feel better . So KKC has not just a program it’s a place where you can go and feel loved and be who you are. I am so Thankful for them and the things they have done for my family and I.
In 2008 I was introduced to Kids Kicking Cancer because my daughter Sara was diagnosed with leukemia. They showed us that we are not alone and they helped us through some very tough battles. They found ways to let her be a kid and feel “normal” by being surrounded by other families going through the same obstacles. It was also very nice to not have to worry as they took extra care to make sure she would be safe and protected while having no immune system. They brought so much fun back into our lives and made it possible for us to do things, we otherwise, would have never done. In 2018 I was introduced to little heroes shortly after my son Ryan was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. As they were explaining what it was I had a moment when I realized this was Kids Kicking Cancer and I just cried. Happy tears knowing that they would have our back and that we would be okay! Kids Kickin Cancer had become little heroes to include other and all kids who continually have to fight for their lives. They gave Sara and Ryan the tools to get through some of the most painful treatments. Also I must mention that they include Katie, my middle child, in all activities and classes. They have taught all three of my children how to manage and cope with pain, stress, anxiety and overwhelming emotions that occur at any given moment or situation in their lives. I’ve even caught myself needing a power breathing moment a time or two! I absolutely love each and every person who make Kids Kickin Cancer (little heroes) possible for all our children. I do not know where we would be today without them. Emotionally, physically and financially they have helped my entire family and we will be forever grateful for Kids Kickin Cancer! Thank you!
My son was diagnosed retinoblastoma as soon as we arrived USA 2019. It was a big bomb for family. No family and friends is here to share my frustration. My older son was much affected by the news and my son was anxious to go through the treatment.then I heard about kids kicking cancer. I am grateful and blessed to a part of family of this wonderful organization. The staff are more like a family and I got a family go through a lot like me. That shows me a light at the end of the tunnel and make me stronger. My kids instantly get a lot of friends and emotional support. We were going to office for maritial art every wensday. That day become their favorite day . Kkc provide us personal class for kids and we got hospital visit for surgery day. I don't have enough words to share how much kids kicking cancer helped my family to go through this diffcult time. Thank you for everything all staff Neemi,Cindy,sensei Lynn,Sensei Micheal,sensei Richard,sensei Peter and all other staff especially the founder of kids kick cancer Rabbi G. Thank you !! I am breathing the light and blowing out my darkness everyday.
We absolutely love Kids Kicking Cancer. I'm so glad we found them. The staff are all friendly, compassionate, patient and helpful. The programs and offerings are all inclusive and amazing. My 7 year old daughter has a lot of disabilities due to multiple brain surgeries. We can always find activities to keep her involved thru KKC... whether it is hanging out in a suite with Paws at a Tigers game, riding the horses 20 times on farm day, weekly virtual arts and crafts over the summer quarantine, private Cranbrook Science visits or holiday parties. We have loved every event we have been to and there's never a cost for us to participate. In addition to the extras, the overall goal of teaching my daughter karate (which is great physical therapy) while simultaneously teaching her relaxation techniques is such a wonderful thing. She uses the deep breathing techniques during medical procedures and other times of anxiety. The ability to have private lessons in our home (even virtual during pandemic) has been a lifesaver, literally. KKC is an amazing organization that provides support services of all kinds for the entire family and we are so happy to be part of their family.
The Kids Kicking Cancer organization is a wonderful resource for families facing the uncertainty of a childhood cancer diagnosis and other childhood illnesses. The techniques that they teach empower the children to face the many challenges of their treatments and the other programming wraps around the entire family. The entire team is supportive and caring. We couldn’t have been introduced to a better second family.
Kids Kicking Cancer is more than an organization they are a family. They realize that cancer not only affects the sick child but the entire family. They have programs, love and support for the entire family. They are always ready to help and never ask for anything in return. They are the most amazing organization,family, that I and my family have encountered during my son's cancer. Once you join you are always a family member to them; even if your child is no longer actively receiving treatment. Power, Peace, Purpose!
Such a great program for kids with illness and their families. Staff are amazing and the programs they organize are awesome too.
I have never run across an organization before that cares more for their mission than Kid's Kicking Cancer! They invest so heavily into developing the hearts, minds, and souls of these kids that it hard to fathom.
My son was born with no immune system and will have to undergo monthly treatments for the rest of his life to stay alive. These treatments bring an untold amount of stress into his life. Kid's Kicking Cancer has helped him develop skills and abilities to help him deal with this stress. If I am being completely honest, I as the parent have used some of these techniques as well with my stress.
From the moment I walked into the dojo I felt like this is the place that my son needs to be. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart I thank you all for the work that you do.
I absolutely LOVE this organization!!! Even throughout this pandemic situation, they have helped my kids maintain some normalcy through video classes and other events that keep the children connected with their instructors and other participants (also known as our KKC family)!!! Great organization!!!
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!!!
I want to express my gratitude to Kids Kicking Cancer. This foundation has been a wonderful way for my daughter to know that she isn't alone. They go above and beyond for children battling cancer. They bring a sense of comradarie and acceptance. The kids know they are not alone and that truly means a lot to me as a parent of child who battled cancer.
We are so thankful and glad we found Kids Kicking Cancer. It was back in 2013 my son was in the hospital and Kids Kicking Cancer was visiting the hospital and doing a demonstration with the Kids that were inpatient. It was from that day forward that my son became a part of KKC. They are like family . I can’t speak enough good about the program and staff , from the weekly classes, the activities and experiences are just amazing my son loves the program.
Oh and the support they give is above and beyond. When you have a chronically sick child no one knows the stress, emotions, and toll it can take on the child and the family and this is where they are extra supportive.
My son has had many hospitalizations and they have done many hospital visits to help with painful procedures with power breathing (which helps the parents too) and just lifting his spirits, he always looks forward to these visits since being in the hospital can be painful and long days are trying and stressful.
Kids Kicking Cancer has been a blessing to our family we don’t know where we would be without them, they have been an amazing support system to our son Andrew and our family and we can’t thank the amazing staff enough for everything Rabbi G, Sensi Richard, Sensi Lynn, Sensi Michael, Sensi Peter, Marc, Cindy, Naami and please forgive me if I am forgetting anyone else. You all are amazing and we love the program. Thank you for all you do.
Where to begin, talking about the impact made by Kids Kicking Cancer? They have done so much to assist our powerful martial artist! Desi began her journey with Kids Kicking over 12 years ago when we learned of their program. After suffering a stroke in 2nd grade, it became necessary for Desi to receive transfusions for her Sickle Cell maintenance every several weeks. Desi, who had a MAJOR issue with needles, quickly became known as a dangerous kid after literally punching out several nurses! After a couple of classes with Sensei Richard and Sensei Peter, everyone was AMAZED at the transformation - which resulted in a hazardous materials clean up in the transfusion room when they were not prepared for the massive blood flow that resulted during phlebotomy while Desi powered breathed with her Sensei.
Ever since then, KKC has "had her back" as Desi likes to say. They accompanied us to various tests, transfusions, and hospitalizations, providing steady support to face and conquer any fears - including tutoring her through massive amounts of math homework!
Their program helped her build confidence in herself through the various demos she went on that allowed her to share her power by teaching the world. Also, they hosted many awesome fun events! Desi was thrilled to be there with other kids who were "normal" like her - someone else that liked doing kid things that just so happened to be fighting some health challenges as well.
As a parent, they've helped our family also by lending a helping hand. When your child is out of commission, that means you are off work. There were a couple of extremely lean Christmases where KKC stepped in and helped us make sure there were Christmas dinners and a couple of presents under the tree. The fact that their Senseis are all black belt professionals, that uniforms are covered and all events are at no cost to the child or family makes all the difference in the world. It gives a family dealing with harsh medical challenges something awesome and positive to look forward to. That can make all the difference in the world!
I began the program at age 7 when trying to get my infusions done were next to impossible from the fear of needles and my will to fight nurses. One of the sensei's went to one of my appointments and there was a huge difference. I did not know that I had been poked,and the nurses did not forsee the blood flow. I am still part of the program about 12 years later at 19 and can say that they take in anyone facing any pain, and it helps with my sickle cell, moya moya, epilepsy and teenage anxiety. They're always there for everyone. If I was worried about something or scared about a procedure, I could call someone and get immediate advice or coping skills. The coping skills work for any situation, whether it's stress, upsetting seizures, pain or anxiousness. The class that I go to on Thursday is well worth the drive because it's just like group therapy. Everyone is relatable even with our health differences and differences in abilities. Everyone grows to be a family here. I have two older brothers, one older sister, and a mentor from this group. I also became a mentor to the younger kids, and have received thank you letters from California. They also hold fun events like the holiday party where everyone gets huge gift packages for the entire family and the kids. The Halloween party is also one of my favorites since it's a perfect chance to run around in costumes and get entire pillowcases worth of candy. The summer party is also fun whether you swim, fish, do crafts or just chill in the hot tub after enjoying the food. All of these events have dance parties, which I find fun. The demonstrations that we go on to teach the world have brought us to a lot of fun places. We used to have gala events, and there are at least three golf outings per summer, and camp michigania which everyone looks forward to. We've also taught lawyers how to powerbreathe and I was once invited to teach people at a glass gallery how to powerbreathe. I can't think of a demonstration that wasn't fun. I even got to teach techniques via Skype to a branch trying to start up in Wisconsin. When I was still a little kid, I managed to lead an entire group of indifferent to annoyed teenagers in powerbreathing. The group also raised my confidence and will to try.
Kids Kicking Cancer is a wonderful organization. They’re supportive to children and their families facing very difficult diagnoses and they do so from start to finish and beyond.
Our son was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma at the age of 2 months, his cancer was extremely aggressive. Our family was ensuring extreme emotional distress. My oldest son who at the time was 5 years old was experiencing the most distress. It was extremely difficult for him to understand and process the role changes occurring in our family. We enrolled my oldest son into Kid Kicking Cancer, it has been one of the best choices that we have ever made for him. The organization was able to provide my son with so much love and attention. It has also helped my son to engage with other children that have similar experience.
There are not enough words in a dictionary to describe the gratitude that my husband and I have for this organization.
My daughter was diagnosed with a chronic illness at age 7. Kids Kicking Cancer taught her practical, effective methods for dealing with her pain and gave her a renewed sense of confidence and joy. The staff at KKC are angels and I couldn’t be more appreciative for what they have done for our family!
When Danny first started getting his Humira injection, he went from not wanting to do it, to doing it all by himself. He would use his power breathing to control his fear, stress,and anxiety of the Humira injection.
Wow I dont have enough words to thank you kids kicking Cancer my boys enjoy every class they have the biggest impact is my 6 year old he never want to participate in anything but every Tuesday he is so excited to go is the best day for him, thank you for keeping us so busy with all the fun stuff this 0summer we meet so many nice people everybody is so nice in make us feel welcome. Thank you for all you do for us.
Kids Kicking Cancer has helped my child in so my ways like making friends with other children that understands what it is like to have a chronic condition, building self - confidence, and coping skills. The staff is great, always helpful and understanding. I love Kids Kicking Cancer!!
My daughter was diagnosed with cancer when she was 5 years old. The 2 1/2 year treatment was not only taxing on our her but on the entire family as well. Kids Kicking Cancer came into our lives when we were at our worst. I still refer to them as our "lifeline" during and after her treatment. The staff is more like family, the programming is life-changing for the child and their siblings, and the opportunities they provide for the children are countless. I can't say enough about this incredible organization and the positive impact they made on our family during our hardest times.
It is difficult to imagine a world without love and kindness.Ever since our son,Kyle ,now six,was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma,it became the most devastating news a parent would ever hear.Our life was changed forever.It took about six months for our family to adjust and comprehend what had just taken place and the ongoing treatments our little guy would face.We were told a tumor that was malignant had to be removed and about three years of chemo treatments.As we prepared ourselves and most importantly,our son,for this long journey,it became apparent there would be a lot of scary moments along the way.Like most parents who have dealt with or have a child going through this cancer protocol,you start experiencing painful emotions,new reactions,physical changes,mood swings,lots of fevers,blood and platelets transfusions ,just to name a few and they all deeply hurt in some way as we watched..Everything was new to us and difficult to absorb..Kyle had just turned five and was a small framed boy.We had to explain what had just happened to his body so he could understand.Somehow,we found words coming out of our mouth intentionally,like someone was speaking for us,and Kyle seemed to understand at his level somewhat.The last thing I remember telling him,with tears streaming down my eyes is,"Kyle,I need you to be strong and brave because there are going to be things done to help you get better". He looked at me with piercing brown eyes and replied,"I will daddy'.That moment came to define everything for Kyle and his courage.Thus far,as I write this, he has about a year left on his protocol,and he has delivered on his promise.His strength and bravery persevered to everything that came his way.His youth was evident on his ability to recover.Mind you,there were several scary times,that the look on his face revealed his curiosity of the unknown.Fortunately,we were being introduced to different charities who could help at every level of emotion and most of all,help Kyle feel better.Kids Kicking Cancer,was one of those organizations that we heard about.None of our children had ever taken karate,so we asked them if they wanted to try.We have four children,Kyle is second oldest,and they all said ok.I was particularly fond of the no contact theme.My wife did not really want them to have contact,so this program was ideal for us.After two classes,our youngest,aged 3 and four,did not want to go anymore.Kyle and his older brother,David 7,did.I noticed as they continued to attend their confidence level was rising.Kyle was really wanting to go and expressed his willingness to attend.David followed his brother.They are close in everything they do.My wife and I were getting some much needed aspirations after some long suffering.The organization also had some incredible activities outside the karate that we were advised on from emails.We attended some as a family and believe me when I say, these events really testified to the work and well being KKC has vested in seeing and putting smiles on everyone one of these children and their families through their sacrifices and love.The amount of volunteers and all those involved in putting an event together,like they do, is incomprehensible.The planning,dedication,time,financial costs,food and energy is beyond my expectations and all out of love, showing these children they are normal and belong,even though they may not feel like it and nothing of their own doing caused how they are feeling.At one of the events in the spring of 2019,called,Cowboys Kicking Cancer, our family attended,this love came to fruition.It was a beautiful sunny Sunday in a small town in rural Michigan.The conditions were ideal and being our first time attending this event,we were not sure what to expect.Our children were anxious to get there.Upon arrival,I noticed how beautiful the farm was,with the trees in full bloom,rolling green hills and at first glance,tons of volunteers and activities.Much to our surprise,from the moment we parked our van,we were greeted with genuine smiles by the folks who were volunteering for our son,our family and all those who would attend this incredible uplifting event.In humility for a moment,I choked back a tear knowing our son,along with other children, were being celebrated as heroes.These moments don't come by often enough to cherish.After parking our van,we were all given yellow t-shirts and cowboy hats,in appropriate sizes I might add,to wear around the farm so the recognition and focus would be totally on the families attending.I could write much more than this but I want to end it with a powerful witnessing of the impact these non-profits do on these children attending events like these.As Kyle stood in line so he could ride one of the horses,I noticed a young girl in front of him with her mom wearing a jacket with the words,"Abby's Army" written on it.I assumed that was the name of this young girl who looked maybe 7 or 8 waiting to board one of the horses.I stared at her more deeply and noticed she was very weak and frail as she was getting ready to put on a helmet for safety, to ride the horse.I could not help look at this young girl and think what she was going through inside her body. I clutched my son a little firmer standing in front of me.Her sad face did not deter her from being there.That is the vigor in children and it was evident by her wanting to be there.The time came for her to board the horse and two volunteers came and took Kyle and this girl.I could not take my eyes off her.As the cowboy helped her get on the horse,she turned over to where her mom was standing along the wooden fence and with all the energy and enthusiasm she could muster in her weak moment,she cracked the sweetest smile I have ever seen in my life.This was the pinnacle of her short life .This was truly priceless.I could not stop the flow of tears running down my face.In that one minute or so this beautiful child was elevated to a magical moment that would never be forgotten.This moment was the inspiration that totally measured the value and importance of these non-profits.Not all may ever witness these moments,but they exist.I see them as little miracles.They are created in love,kindness, unity,acceptance,humility and sacrifice.On closing,I now see better the need for human kindness and organizations who dedicate their life for the better of humanity.Rabbi Goldberg,as I read his own personal tragedy,in the loss of his young daughter at age two,has come to feel and know firsthand the challenges that families face when a child is diagnosed with Cancer. He has dedicated his life to a cause very few can ever accomplish.His mission is to help children overcome their afflictions along with their families.He feels what parents feel having to nurture a child with a terrible disease.That is what compassion really means,feeling what others feel.My hope is charities like Kids Kicking Cancer continue to be supported and be recognised for the incredible commitment and dedication they invest on our young people from every walk of life.I think they thrive on seeing young lives changed through acts of love and maybe,just maybe,one day Cancer will become just a word and eradicated from our lives.Thank you so much Rabbi Goldberg and all the people who make this a magical kingdom for our children and families.We will always treasure in our hearts the joy of watching our little ones smile through your work.
There are no words to express how we feel about Kids Kicking Cancer. During the most devastating, darkest moments of our lives, my family found true help, support, and boundless love from the earthly Angels who work at and operate this OUTSTANDING organization. When our previously healthy daughter Alison was diagnosed with life threatening cancer at the age of 6, our world was turned upside down, and our family was truly in crisis. Rabbi G., Cindy, Michael, and all of the extraordinary martial artists gave us a true home when we were stumbling through darkness. As days turned into weeks and months of isolation, inability to enter society because fears of germs and Alison's compromised immune system while on chemotherapy, we looked so forward to our weekly classes, where our sweet girl could focus her anger and frustration and fear to a place outside of her little body. Breathing in the light and blowing out the darkness, at times it felt like one breath at a time, we got through that terrible storm. Little sister Grace got to don the martial arts attire and blow off some steam as well. Mom and Dad got to talk and be social, and for a few precious moments, forget about how terrible everything was.
At KKC, Alison was surrounded by loving children who shared with her their experiences, and in so doing surrounded her with healing love and light. Cindy helped connect me to other mothers who were going through the same pain, and these Herculean women opened their hearts and shared their pain, and at the same time their strength. Cindy, you are an angel....you are one of the kindest people I've ever known.
Then there is Michael...our personal hero, comedian, goofball, and friend. How many hours did you stay by our side in the hospital, working on the endless IV start or port access. Your patience knows no limit. How many stories did you share that gave us proof that things really would be ok. You are our hero.
Then there is Rabbi G. It is just unreal that an individual with his personal history could turn around and create something so beautiful out of his own unimaginable suffering...most would have shut down and withered, but he chose to breathe in the light, and create an extraordinary gift for so many. Rabbi, you are our ultimate hero.
Since Alison's illness, two of our family friends have faced childhood cancer. Our first offer of support was to call KKC...
Kids Kicking Cancer is amazing! They focus on the needs of our children in a friendly, fun, and safe way. It allows them to do normal kid things when other factors in life have prevented them from doing or feeling so. They provide an environment for smiles and excitement along with the teaching them their own power, peace, and purpose.
This organization goes above and beyond to help children with debilitating illnesses learn to manage the pain and anxiety brought on by their health issues and the associated treatments while also providing the children with a sense of normalcy, control, and a social group of peers experiencing similar situations. They are amazing!
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.
In 2013 we had the misfortune of having our 8 year old granddaughter diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (an aggressive childhood cancer). The diagnosis came right out of left field-no warning signs,symptoms or anything. Trying to get over the initial shock and process the information rather quickly (the treatment needed to start immediately)-we felt helpless as to where to turn to for information and resources. Alot of the information we got from the hospital was rather cold and clinical. Luckily our pediatric oncologist was a board member for the Kids Kicking Cancer organization and we were able to get a brochure from the hospital. To say that KKC made the difference of our granddaughter surviving is no exaggeration. At the time we made contact with Kids Kicking Cancer-she had whittled away to under 50 lbs. She had stopped eating and stopped caring. Kids Kicking Cancer was founded by Rabbi Goldberg-a doctor,rabbi,black belt and a father who had lost his own daughter to leukemia. His organization is a martial arts therapy program for the kids and a social/support network for their families. The weekly classes teach breathing techniques to help the kids relax when they receive their treatment. The families are a support group for one another-who better to understand what you are going through than someone going through it themselves. There a monthly outings to movies etc. There is free transportation to classes for those without. We celebrate together-we pray together-sometimes we grieve together. The organization started small in Southfield Michigan and now is worldwide. It is completely free to patients and their families. Even when our children are in remission-the kids still come to classes. We have an extended family forever-our Kids Kicking Cancer family. My granddaughter is just about 5 years out from her treatment and we have lifelong friends through the program. This is an awesome Nonprofit group.
My family became involved with Kids Kicking Cancer within weeks of my breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 33 yrs old with a young daughter. Our family was devastated because we were planning a second pregnancy and instead ended up battling cancer. Joining KKC was amazing. Our instructor, Sensai Peter (Davenport) is amazing with the children and helped draw my daughter out of her shy four year old self. He helped build her confidence and normalize her emotions and the emotions happening in our home. We came to class regularly for 2015-2016. Once we started to move forward and away from cancer we stopped coming to class but did participate with some of the social outings for families, which were always well planned and great fun for our whole family. Unfortunately in early 2018 my cancer returned and we came right back to class and were warmly welcomed back into the Kid Kicking Cancer family by the same staff. My daughter seems to be getting even more out of the classes now that she is seven and can process even better as an older child. While I would never want any family to join ranks with us I can say that this organization is amazing and so very helpful to families in crisis.
They have made such a huge impact and difference in many lives. We are like one big happy family when we are together. It helps heal us emotionally and physically to empower us and to look forward to taking a giant leap into the future.
Kids kicking cancer is a blessing to our family. They have helped us plenty times we were in need. From teaching my son breathing techniques through karate that he uses when hospitalized and transfused monthly to helping when my children needed coats and gloves and putting us in contact with donors who were able to be a blessing to us. Not to mention the fun things my children are able to do thanks to this organization. We are grateful to be apart of it and highly recommend it!
Kids Kicking Cancer is an amazing program!! Everyone that runs the program is so welcoming and kind! Our son was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia) when he was 2 1/2 years old. His treatment was very intense for the first 7 months. He is also a twin, so his brother had his own issues with the diagnosis. When we started the program both boys really enjoyed it! They were very comfortable with the teachers. Our son would go to his doctor and be able to breathe through the pain of getting his port poke. He has been doing that ever since we started the program, he even sits by himself to get the poke! This program also has so many wonderful outings for the kids. We are always worried about getting sick, and all of the outings are always cleaned thoroughly before we go! It is amazing to not have to worry about them getting sick!
My daughter has a chronic illness and has to undergo painful procedures on an almost daily basis. Kids Kicking Cancer has helped her deal with her pain, as well as improve her confidence and overall joy in life. The staff are incredibly kind, professional and knowledgeable and we feel like they are our family. Kids Kicking Cancer is an absolute blessing and we are so grateful to be a part of it!
My family at kkc is the best family that I have come across. I’ve been there a little over 2 years and they have helped me in so many ways. I love the power breathing they taught me I use it when I’m in the hospital, or in school and I’m stressed out, or even when I’m frustrated and ready to give up I think about what kkc has taught me. They bring me so many laughs and joy and even when I don’t feel well or I’m in the hospital they’ll text me, or come and visit me. We also have good times when we go out to basketball games and football games, hockey, I went to my first baseball game thanks to kkc they have fulfilled my loneliness and showed me that cancer defines my strength and we all are strong we have power, peace, and a purpose to teach others that they can do anything even with a sickness
Kids Kicking Cancer is very special to my family. It helps bring families together. It's keep structure in my children life with continuous events all year long. The Karate classes weekly. In my community there's not much to look forward to for lot of kids, families, and to have access to these opportunities and resources are truly a blessing. We absolutely love this program and all the great people that keep it going, but dedicating their time to these kids exposing them to new great things/ adventures. We thank you.
When my son was diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago our live has changed dramatically. Ian couldn’t go to daycare anymore and had to be isolated from most of the people. It was hard for him and us parents to keep him away from other kids, but it was necessary since treatment was suppressing his immune system and any flu could delay chemo therapy and lower effectiveness of the treatment. For me very difficult part of our new reality was dealing with treatments, side effects and all the pain and discomfort that my son had to physically and emotionally overcome. We are so thankful for Kids Kicking Cancer. My son loves coming to the class since the first time we came in spring 2017. The class gave him an opportunity to interact with other kids his age. It gave him a chance to run out his energy and have some fun. It was safe place for Ian where he didn’t have to worry about how other kids will react that he doesn’t have hair, has port in his chest and stitches on his face. In here he was like other kids. He opened up a lot and learned to talk about what he is going through. He felt like he has a story to tell. It built his self confidence. He wasn’t a victim of the cancer, he was a warrior, little hero and he had a mission to teach the world how to cope with fear and pain. Class gave me and my husband peace of mind that Ian is in safe environment, taught us how to talk with Ian about what he is going through and made us really happy that he has fun and enjoy the class. We had a chance to connect with other parents and share our experiences. We are so thankful for teachers, their patience, heart and amazing abilities to empower kids in such a hard circumstances. We appreciate that teachers and volunteers from Kids Kicking Cancer not only teach the class, but also visit kids at the oncology clinic and hospitals. It brighten up our long days and always made Ian excited.
Hi, This is Ron&April Gayles; Eli Gayles parents. Eli, has Hemophilia A Serve with Inhibitors. When we first signed Eli up for this class, we really didn't known what to expect. Once we started taking him to class, he really enjoyed it, and couldn't wait for the next one. Kids Kicking Cancer, and the Power Breathing exercise; has been so helpful with Eli's positive outlook: On his health, and life. We as parents, appreciate all of the support, and activities; that Kids Kicking Cancer has provided for our kid's. Because without them, and support from sponsors, and everyone else who makes all of this possible. We would like to sayThank you, for this very much appreciated program.
The Gayles Family
Kids Kicking Cancer has helped my family out tremendously! It's brought hope, helpfulness, laughter, and a new family to ours.
My daughter was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma at age 7. She wasn't able to have her tumor removed due to the location, so she had chemo and radiation. Then we went on a downward spiral. So she lost all her hair (devastating to a 7 year old who wanted Rapunzel hair), she lost so much weight she had to get a feeding tube, and ended up getting a blood clot (which meant more daily shots and no acting like a kid, because if she gets hurt she could bleed to death.)
This poor little kid had been through more than most adults i know. I believe she was giving up and didn't believe the doctors or us anymore.
We met one of the sensai's in the hospital, her social worker told him about her. I guess i didn't understand it at first ( non contact karate)? How could this help my child?
Well... Not only karate but breathing techniques, meditation, and kids. KIDS LIKE HER! Kids who have been through the same thing.. Non judgemental kids. Helpful kids to tell her how to breath so when she gets her shots or bad medicine, she's calm and not crying. Letting her know that they also lost there hair but it did come back. ( she didn't believe us) Seeing how they were actually going through what she was, but are throwing punches, kicks, and yelling HI-YAH. Giving her hope. She had that light back in her eyes!! Laughing and being a kid again(without getting hurt).
The Sensai's are great, they teach them discipline while still having fun. Not feeling sorry for them, they normalize the situation. (Because some parents(me) tend to baby them) THEY NEED THIS!
This also helps us parents. We learn new things from other parents. Tricks to gain weight, ways to save money, different options for your kids. Like if something didn't work for your kid maybe this will help, it worked for theirs, then you can ask your doctor.
Kids Kicking Cancer invites us to many events. We've become a family and everyone is excited for the next meeting.
When Camila was diagnostic with Willms tumor. Children's Hospital social worker, told my about Kids Kicking Cancer. I wasn't sure, if I wanna go. But I decide to go. My daughter loves it. They are so nice, so kind and help me and my daughter, they teaching her how, control anger, pain and cope with this situación.
Love this organización. Love them..
When Aiden was diagnosed with Leukemia at 3 years old, our world flipped upside-down. We were frozen in a moment trying to find a new normal. Kids kicking Cancer became an extension of our family. A community of support through the most difficult time imaginable.
Aiden was able to interact with children his own age, also with cancer. His sisters able to meet other siblings going through the same hard time. Kids Kicking Cancer is a fantastic martial arts program, no impact, with a focus on internal strength. More than kicks and punches (there are a few of those) KKC uses "power breathing" and meditative "body scans" to empower children take control of their pain and fear. Aiden at 3 was using these techniques to power through procedures, port accesses, and blood pokes. When I tell you he is a favorite patient in blood draw there is no exaggeration.
His sisters use the same breathing to help with frustration, anxiety and fear that comes along with a cancer diagnosis. As parents we use the same power breathing to some how make it through the day!
There were so many things we could not do after diagnosis. So much time we missed out on as a family. KKC has given us back that family connection. They have and continue to support us through our journey, in-patient and out. More than just an organization!
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 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!!