Through Bounce Bash® events, Selena finds a sense of belonging and identity.
“It’s wonderful to go out and do something fun without worrying that other kids are staring at Selena. It’s good for her to relax knowing she’s with friends who don’t care if she’s perfect- because none of us are.”
Being chronically ill can often mean exclusion, but Selena’s mom, Pam, has happily watched her daughter find a new community through Bounce Children’s Foundation.
“Selena regards Bounce as ‘her club’ and really identified with it. There’s this exclusivity about it and she loves belonging to a special group.” Pam shares. Born with a neuro-muscular disorder, Selena battles varying degrees of paralysis throughout her body.
Bounce has helped Selena, as well as other families, a lot by giving everyone an outlet from their daily struggles and a place to enjoy activities with those walking a similar path. “Our kids often come with bulky equipment that makes noise. It’s hard to go out knowing people will be looking at you. Bounce creates a protective layer for all of us. Knowing the other kids will be like yours; you don’t have to feel as self-conscious or as on edge.”
Not only does Bounce provide emotional relief through Bounce Bash® family adventures, but it also lifts a financial burden. “Selena saw the ads for the Spongebob Musical months ago and really wanted to go. But when I saw the ticket prices, I knew we couldn’t go given the cost of her therapy. Thanks to Bounce, she enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience which she will remember forever. What a wonderful, magical thing.”
To Pam, the decision to join Bounce was simple. “It’s pure advantage, and there’s absolutely no downside. Bounce is amazing for families of all sizes and shapes, especially those new to the world of chronic illness who don’t know what lies ahead. And Bounce makes it easy to be a part of their community.”