How WLH began...
WICHITA'S LITTLEST HEROES IS PASSIONATE about changing the landscape of what pediatric resources look like for generations to come in Kansas.
Wichita's Littlest Heroes is here to provide Hope, Help and Happiness to medically fragile children ages 0-18 in the Kansas area who are battling different life threatening medical conditions. Because...No One Fights Alone!
When others have said “no”We seek say “YES”!
Tristan and Eagan, our two very first Heroes, years later they are still hanging out!
Wichita's Littlest Heroes was founded in March 2014 a few months after Brianna Coffey-Baskervilles's son, Tristan, had been diagnosed with a very rare and life threatening auto immune disease. Tristan was a typical kid until he stopped walking and eating at age 4, and since his diagnosis they were spending 3 days a week getting treatments at the hospital. Because it was so rare, there was no one to turn to or relate to, and Bri began searching for anything in the area where her family could find some support. There are a lot of great organizations in the Wichita community, but she found none geared strictly towards sick children with a life threatening diagnosis. During one particular treatment they could hear a cry coming from the other end of the hall. Tristan quickly colored a picture and took it down to cheer up the unhappy boy. The connection between Tristan and Eagan was immediate, and the same for the moms. Before long Tristan and Eagan were inseparable at the hospital and more often than not you would find them together playing video games in a hospital bed. One night after a particularly hard treatment Brianna said "God spoke to me and gave me the vision for Wichita's Littlest Heroes." Over time she began to find other families in similar situations. They all quickly became friends, and the kids loved having someone else to relate to, even if the children's diagnoses were different. No matter what the diagnosis, fighting a life threatening medical battle is hard. Parents and kids are forming relationships and bonds and are able to meet/relate with one another.
Wichita's Littlest Heroes provides regular, free events and parties where the Heroes and their families can celebrate and have fun with others who can relate to their struggles. We provide support for our Hero kids and their parents/caregivers through monthly free family events, financial assistance, education classes, 7 local memberships to local attractions, free Hero capes, online support, resources, medical supply closet, t-shirts and so much more!
Currently, Wichita's Littlest Heroes helps and encourages over 500 Kansas families that all have one or more children through help hope and happiness! These children range in age from 0 to 18 years old, and have an array of different life threatening medical diagnoses. Every child's journey is as a unique as they are themselves. Often you will find them hanging out together at the hospital getting similar treatments. Because of this, they are building lifelong friendships, and are able to relate to each other on a level that most of their "normal" friends may never be able to comprehend. The kids like to compare scars and "battle wounds", but will cheer each other on when one is having a rough day. These Heroes will melt your heart. Parents are able to empathize, "veteran parents" give advice to newer parents, encourage, support, and celebrate each other's successes and struggles.
We strive to build relationships with other other non-profits, organizations, resources, volunteers, sponsors and partners to continue to build better support for kids with life threatening diagnoses. There is a NEED for this group for so many reasons, but most of all for the Little Heroes who fight bravely day in and day out, because having friends just makes it easier.
Thank you for stopping by and checking out Wichita's Littlest Heroes' website!!! Please pray for our heroes and their families!
Meet and Greets
We meet monthly for a free, fun themed event, parent day out, or education class. This gives the families a chance to connect, our heroes a time to interact and all of us a time to share our journeys. Our events are often sponsored by local companies...AND WE LOVE THEM! This group is an awesome connection resource for any family who is battling a life threatening illness. Meeting with other families is emotionally healing in so many ways! You are not alone!
Advocacy and Support
We encourage our parents and kids to share as much or as little of their journey as they want. Often parents are able to leave updates online during times of stress and are able to reach a large audience who are following their journey. WLHs share their achievements, daily fun, their medical journeys, fundraisers, and prayer requests and needs all in one place. You are able to follow many of the heros and their unique battles. Through this group many of the parents and kids form relationships and bonds and are able to meet/relate with one another and form lifelong friendships. You can often find them comparing battle scars, hanging out at the hospital, and encouraging one another.
We are are working daily to make connections that will help our families in the hardest times of their lives. Being a parent of a sick child often means one parent has to quit their job, increased medical expenses, prescription costs, and more. Imagine the huge financial stress that can come along with that. WLH's is working to decrease some of that stress. We are connecting families with organizations, non profits, and businesses that can fill in the gaps for our hero families. We are beginning to actively seek grants and other funds that can be used to help provide for the needs of our families. See our partial list of sponsors on this site!