Guest Blog- Kevin Gatlin

We wanted to provide A Space Were A Child Could Play, Learn, Sleep and HEAL!

It was an average Saturday consisting of my usual chores of various yard work. Later that day, I planned to visit a good friend of mine whose son was sick in the hospital. It wouldn’t be my only visit as his son had been in the hospital for nearly three weeks. However, this particular visit really affected me. I notice the sad look on his son’s face as soon as I walk in the room. This was unlike my first visit, which consisted of a plentiful array of friends and family members preoccupying him with movies and gaming. Instead, his interest reflected his desire just to go home. While there, his dad and I tried our best to make him laugh and take his mind off his current reality, but it was extremely hard.

On the way home, I thought long and hard on how that could have possibly been my family. What could we do to keep our boys happy during a long hospital stay? How would we bring them comfort? I thought about how my wife would make use of the small space in our children’s rooms. Their beds being in no prime real estate served numerous functions of desk, table, and writing board. They would play board games, do homework, and even draw letters and numbers on the sheets. Then it hit me… what if we could turn the Hospital bed into a big Edventure were kids could play, learn, sleep, and HEAL! So with the help of my mom and other teachers, we created interactive game sheets with key elements kids would learn in school plus fun interactive games for kids to play—day or night. We called them Playtime Bed Sheets! My wife and I bootstrapped the first order of 3000 bedsheets. From the very beginning, we planted a seed of giving by providing our local Salvation Army with 64 Playtime Bed Sheets before we ever sold one. We’re happy to say that five years later, we are now in 20 plus hospitals across the U.S. and abroad, providing our interactive bedsheets to deserving children confined to hospital rooms! I’m very excited to partner with Team Conner in our efforts to provide our Playtime Bed Sheets to deserving kids in more Hospitals.

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Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.  Seven will lose their battle.

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Every day in America, approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class, or geographic region.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, accounting for about 3% of childhood cancers.

On average, 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer.

About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias.

Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20% in the 1960s to almost 80% today.

Cancer kills more children each year than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined.

Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults.

1 in 300 children will develop cancer before age 20.

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Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive.

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