Super Charlie

ATTENTION: Super Charlie is here to save the day with the power of compassion, empathy, and kindness!

“Charlie was diagnosed with Congenital Entropion in 2013 and required surgery,” says Super Mom Stephanie. “From that day, the many different diagnoses–and the many different specialists that go along with them–were all introduced to us: eosinophilic esophagitis, arachnoid cysts, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic severe asthma, allergic state, Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency, and kidney and liver issues. 

“Every 3-6 months, Super Charlie gets an EDG. He gets routine MRIs and echocardiograms. It never gets easier for him, and he usually has bad anxiety.”

It is difficult to imagine how anyone could remain as kind and positive as Super Charlie does when facing that many challenges. But another amazing thing about Super Charlie is that, on top of all of his other superpowers, this hero has the power to teach us about the importance of empathy! 

“Super Charlie has experienced bullying before,” says Stephanie. “Some of his classmates didn’t want him to be involved in any class projects, rewards, etc. because of all the days he misses for appointments, procedures, sicknesses, or hospital visits. The school social worker and nurse asked if they could talk to the kids and explain to them why Super Charlie isn’t able to be at school all the time. Now, the kids know about Super Charlie’s diagnoses, treatments, and what he goes through everyday. They have shown empathy ever since! They make and send him cards when he’s out and even suggested getting some of his  favorite safe foods and drinks to keep in the classroom in case there’s ever a time treats are brought in that he cannot have.”

Not only does this hero teach others about empathy. He shows it!

“He will ask me for $5 just so he can give it to the homeless man sitting outside of Starbucks,” says Stephanie.

Among Super Charlie’s other powers are his sense of humor and his smile. He is a super brother to his four sisters, a super uncle to his baby nephew Kobe, and a master playlist-maker. Super Charlie makes playlists for appointment and procedure days! It seems like there is nothing that this hero cannot do. Go, Super Charlie!

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