Today I did something I have never done before - I went to the movie theater! Recently, my parents heard about Hope Kids, a group that sponsors ongoing activities for children with serious or chronic conditions. Due to the trach, I automatically qualify. Hope Kids worked with Jordan Commons to open up the theater several hours early for the families and children in the group to watch Toy Story 3. They provided popcorn and drinks to each child.
Before the movie started, the founder stood up to welcome everyone. He asked those families who were attending at event for the first time to stand up. So Mommy picked me up so I could wave to the crowd. Then the lights dimmed and it was time for the movie to start. Under cover of darkness, Mommy wiped away some tears. She said that it was tears of happiness to feel part of a group that understands. Throughout the movie the suction machines would start up around us and fresh tears would start for Mommy. She is so grateful to have found the group and although I get the chance to have fun and meet other kids, my parents get the opportunity to meet other parents. Until now they have felt pretty isolated but walking through the theater and seeing multiple children with trachs in one room was comforting and exciting to them. Thanks Hope Kids!
Peyton Nicole Smith