What is a hero?

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of

overwhelming obstacles."

Christopher Reeve
 

WHAT IS A BADGE?

We all know about badges for being brave or doing something special like the ones firemen and police officers wear, or the medals runners get when they win a race.

BADGES, THE BEAR

Badges the Bear has a different kind of badge. It's a special mark on his body: a scar from when he had surgery.

 

We believe that scars don't limit what heroes can do or change who they are. Instead, they are reminders of obstacles overcome...badges of courage to be worn with pride.

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CARTER, 9 (CHD)

Carter has had 14 heart surgeries, and is nothing short of a champion!  Over 1.5 million people reminded him that badges aren't ugly....and we agree!

 

He has lots of badges of different sizes, shapes and colors...but they all mean one thing....he's a hero and you are also!

Eli rocks a 5-inch badge on his chest, 3 small badges beneath his incision and 3 little badges on his neck from his open heart surgery.

 

They are all different shapes and sizes, but they're proof that he's a hero....and so are you! 

ELI, 3 (CHD)

WILLIAM, 2

(CLEFT PALATE & LIP

William has a badge on his top lip from his surgeries to repair a cleft palate and lip.

 

His badge is on his face so everyone can see it, and it's proof that he's a hero....just like you!

KENNEDY, 8

(LEUKEMIA)

Kennedy bears a badge on her chest from when she had a port during her treatment for leukemia.

 

She's now cancer free, but she still has her badge which proves that she's a hero....and you are too!

Welcome!

​This site is 

FOR LITTLE HEROES

SOME OF OUR HEROES

REMINDER

When you see your badge, you really should be proud.....

Now go ahead and shout,

"I'm a hero!" really loud.

BADGES,
A BOOK FOR LITTLE HEROES

 An uplifting and empowering book for little heroes, Badges encourages children to remember that scars don't limit what they can do or change who they are. Instead, they are reminders of obstacles overcome...badges of courage to be worn with pride. 

This is Hope the Hummingbird.  

When you receive your book:

On each spread, please look for Hope

With all your heart and mind. 

Just as in life, she's always there

Even if she's hard to find. 

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THE STORY
BEHIND BADGES

Our mission is to be part of your journey and a gentle reminder that there is hope once you find yourself at the intersection of scared and hopeful.  


​When we were 26 weeks pregnant we were informed that our son would need heart surgery upon birth. As an avid researcher, we immediately began to search for tools to empower our son. When we Googled "children's character with scars" nothing but Disney villains came up.  At that moment,  we decided we shouldn't live in a world that had no source of empowerment and reassurance for families in similar situations.  Thus Badges was born.  We began to really think about what a scar symbolizes.  As we reflected on each of our own, we realized the common thread between them was that they represented a time that we had to be braver and stronger than what left the scar.  They were a symbol of triumph and courage, thus should be embraced and celebrated.  

ELIZABETH HUNTERTON

AUTHOR

Elizabeth Hunterton is a lifelong children's advocate. She developed the national H.E.L.P (Heal, Evaluate, Love and Progress) program, and her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN.

She served as an ambassador for children as Miss Nevada and remains actively involved in a variety of philanthropic and community organizations, as well as serving as Executive Director at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

ROXANNE STALL

ILLUSTRATOR

Kennedy bears a badge on her chest from when she had a port during her treatment for leukemia.

 

She's now cancer free, but she still has her badge which proves that she's a hero....and you are too!