Everfan is honored to join the cause. For every "Fighter" cape purchased, Everfan will donate a free cape to be given to a cancer-fighting kid. http://everfan.com/
We asked Jill to tell us a few things about her superhero efforts.
EF: When and why did you start Capes for a Cure?
JM: My journey started two years ago. Once I became aware of the world of childhood cancer, doing nothing was not an option. As I poured through Facebook pages and blogs, there was one common word. Fighter. That’s how the idea for the cape was born. It’s a symbol of what childhood should be. A cape is a noun. A child in a cape is a verb. Children hope and wish and make believe. They play pretend, and they can be anything. This is what they’re fighting for. I was blessed to find people that believed in the power of the cape, and gave more than I asked for.
EF: Superpowers are important for every kid, but especially those battling cancer and other serious illnesses. Tell us about some of the heroics you have seen in the every day lives of these kids.
JM: I think the superpower all children have is they believe. The world has not told them what isn’t possible, or what the odds are. They find joy when it looks like there’s none to be found. They teach us more about life than we teach them. These are children fighting a disease they should know nothing about. If they go to treatments with a smile on their face, or kicking and screaming, the fact that they go at all is heroic. They are resilient, and they never ever give up.
EF: Kindness is clearly one of your superpowers. What are superpowers have you found necessary in starting this cause? How can people help Capes for a Cure?
JM: The first one that comes to mind is persistence. I had my capes and my designs, and I was ready to print- or so I thought. I quickly learned nobody would print on my capes. After days of searching, I realized I needed a plan B. Plan B was Scott and Everfan.
EF: I have always been a glass is half full kind of person. I look for the silver lining. I know there is always, always something to be grateful for. I have discovered this quote is true. Do good, and good will come back to you.
JM: Everfan has offered to SELL my capes, and will donate one for each one sold. As soon as my Facebook page went up, people were asking how to donate, or how they could help. People want to purchase these capes to honor fighters, and to remember them. These capes are a statement that nobody fights alone. Like my page. Share my page. Help spread the word.
EF: What’s your superhero dream for Capes for a Cure?
JM: Honestly, my superhero dream came true the first time a child put on my cape. If I made one child smile, it was all worth it. The first child to get a fighter cape was 4 years old. He was at the end of his battle, and his mom took the time to send a video to thank me for the cape. My heart was full. I received more than I gave. He was a little boy, and he died from cancer. We owe it to him to continue the fight. We owe it to the 7 children that die every day, and the 46 that are diagnosed.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Making people aware. Raising funds for research. Without these things, there is no cure. All types of childhood cancer combined receive only 4% of U.S. federal funding for cancer research. Although cancer is the number one disease killer of children, the FDA has approved only two new drugs in the last twenty years. My goal is to inspire people to grab a cape, and join the fight.
EF: Neet Feet is another partner of yours. Tell us about the partnership and how it came to be.
JM: Madison Peach Steiner paints shoes for children battling cancer, or with a long-term illness or disability. She was the winner of the 2012 Kindness Challenge, and one day the video popped up on my news feed. In four minutes, I was inspired. I had to be involved. She sums up the power of the magic shoes best with her own words. “The souls that fill them are nothing less than fearless sparks of hope and gumption. These shoes have laced together a community of unique compassion, and blind kindness.” Beyond the gift of her shoes, is the gift of her heart. Magic shoes and a superhero cape- it’s a perfect fit.
Scott Chastain, a.k.a. Captain Stretch, established Everfan as a means to channel his passion for superheroes and college football into a business venture. The company has since been providing both kids and adults custom superhero capes and shirts that allow them to use their imagination and engage in active play that helps improve their health and social development.