Super Sam versus the Marrow Monsters
Super Sam versus the Marrow Monsters is a 20-minute award-winning animated film developed specifically for pediatric transplant patients and their families. This film features Sam, a young boy making an epic movie production about his own transplant experience. Along the way, Super Sam meets many everyday heroes in the form of patients, siblings, and health care staff who talk about the hospital, their feelings, what transplant is and what recovery is like.
After watching Super Sam, you and your family can continue to learn through fun activities and informational sheets.
Activities for patients
- Your questions – talk about and write down any questions about transplant. Children can be comforted to learn that it’s normal to have a lot of questions.
- Share your feelings and How are you feeling today? – share your feelings and brainstorm ideas for how to cope with these feelings.
- Super Sam’s BMT crossword puzzle and word find – learn new words and phrases that you will hear throughout the transplant process.
- Decorate your room and Super Sam’s path home – learn about and prepare for leaving home and heading to the hospital.
- Wash your hands song – make hand washing fun by posting this song near sinks.
Activities for siblings
Resources for parents and caregivers
- Parent checklist – prepare for your child’s transplant and stay at a transplant center.
- Taking care of you, the caregiver – learn quick, easy ways to recharge, prioritize and ask for help when taking care of yourself and caring for your sick child becomes challenging.
- Support for siblings – help your other children during the transplant process with these insights and strategies.
Children’s Reading List
There are a number of resources available to help your children understand the transplant process. Read or download these resources for children and parents:
Bone marrow and cord blood transplants
Stevie's New Blood, by Kathryn Ulberg Lilleby, 2002
This is the story of a bone marrow transplant from a child's perspective. This book has pictures for young children, simple large-print words for school-aged children, and detailed information for older children and parents. Available through the Oncology Nursing Society: http://esource.ons.org/productdetails.aspx?sku=INPUSTEVENEWBLD
Me and My Marrow: A Kid’s Guide to Bone Marrow Transplants, by Karen Crowe, 1999
This book uses pictures and words to explain what a bone marrow transplant is, what it feels like and how to cope. It talks about life before, during and after transplant. Free PDF available online: http://www.bridges4kids.org/Disabilities/meandmymarrow.pdf
Stem Cell Transplant Coloring Book, by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
This coloring book tells the story of two young bone marrow transplant patients. It includes pictures, activities and resources. Free PDF available online: http://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/childhoodbloodcancer/pdf/stemcelltransplantcoloringbook.pdf
Family Handbook for Children with Cancer Second Edition, by The Children’s Oncology Group, 2011
Free PDF available online in English, Spanish and French. http://childrensoncologygroup.org/index.php/family-handbook
Turn to Be The Match® for support
Be The Match is here to assist you and your family before, during and after transplant. Our patient services coordinators can answer your questions and provide support and education to help you navigate your transplant journey. Contact us at 1 (888) 999-6743 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Whatever you are feeling, no question or concern is too big or too small.