AUSTIN (KXAN) - When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can be tough - notonly emotionally for the entire family but also financially.
However, there's a new organization that's helping provide abetter quality of life, and they need the public’s help.
Elizabeth is a 6-year-old who isn't like most kids when it comesto going to the doctor.
"Ahh, I think it's fun," said Elizabeth.
She calls it fun, even though for the last year-and-a-half she'sbeen coming to DellChildren's Medical Center for chemo treatments.
"She was all set to go to kindergarten when she just passed outone day and had been very healthy until that moment, and within 6hours we found out our very healthy child had leukemia," saidElizabeth's mother, Alison.
Life quickly changed for the family, and they decided one ofthem had to stay home to care for Elizabeth.
"It was about a 65 percent decrease in our income, which was notan expected thing," her mother said.
After seeing this happen to family after family, hospitalvolunteers John and Samia Joseph decided they needed to dosomething. They set up a nonprofit called Super HeroKids to raise money for rent, transportation and clothes.
"Quality of life, things that make the journey through theprogram a little bit easier on the families and the children," saidJohn, Super Hero Kids Founder.
Right now, the couple is trying to raise money for families thatare helping their child deal with cancer. And despite how sad it isfor a child to even have to be diagnosed with cancer, it's actuallyinspiring to those who are around it.
"You know, you would think it would be tough watching the kidsgo through the program, but what has motivated Samia and me isseeing how brave these children are," said John. "And that's whatinspired the name 'Super Hero Kids' because these kids aresuperheroes."
"She's just a regular 6 1/2-year-old planning for her nextbirthday party," said Alison.
And if the Super Hero fund has anything to do with it, she'llhave a great seventh birthday.
So far, the couple has raised $50,000 for family's who have achild dealing with cancer.
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