Two St. Joseph’s Academy juniors worked with The Bella Bowman Foundation to wish hospitalized children a happy Halloween. Liza White and Macen Melancon were part of a video featuring costumed princesses and super heroes that was streamed in children’s hospital rooms during the week of Halloween.
The Bella Bowman Foundation works to create and support research initiatives for pediatric brain cancer, fund educational opportunities and offer non-medical comfort care to sick children and the families who care for them. The foundation was established in 2012 by Kim and Trey Bowman after their 7-year-old daughter, Bella, passed away from a rare side effect of the process used to treat her brain cancer.
White dressed as Supergirl, while Melancon portrayed Tinkerbell.
“The reason we do this is to add a sparkle to these families’ days,” Melancon said. “I got involved in this foundation because I knew Bella. I danced with her when we were little. I love being involved because I love seeing how happy the children are when their favorite superhero or princess walks into their room. It means a lot to help these kids smile, especially if they are having a rough day. It also helps when the parents see their kids smile and laugh.”
White said she has been a Bella Bowman Foundation volunteer for three years. “It made me feel better knowing that I could brighten their day because having to stay in a hospital room all day most likely is not fun,” she said. “Knowing that I gave them a special surprise on Halloween just by smiling and doing a dance definitely brightens my day.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt