On September 22nd, Tonya Klein, founder of the Healing Kids Foundation, and wife of Dr. Justin Klein, held her first annual event to benefit pediatric burn victims at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The Super Hero Dash was held at Bloomfield Hunt Club and had over 150 attendees and 20 volunteers.
The family-friendly event featured a superhero food truck, inflatable bounce houses, entertainment and more. The proceeds from the event will help Children’s Hospital of Michigan burn survivors and their families through their healing process and beyond.
Margaret Johnson, Physical Therapist for the burn unit at CHM expressed gratitude for the event and its importance for CHM patients.
“Being a pediatric burn physical therapist is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs I can imagine. We work with children and their families during what is most often the hardest physically and most definitely emotional times of their lives. We provide not only medical care but also provide emotional support to our patients and their families. During this time, we inevitably become very close with our patients and their families.
I am so grateful that Tonya Klein and her team have been able to create this opportunity. This event provides our patients a place where they can just be kids again and caregivers like me, an opportunity to connect and engage with our patients and their families outside of the hospital environment. This event was especially memorable for me more than any other I have attended as I was able to watch my own children play and interact with my patients in a happy and judgment-free environment.
I am honored and privileged to work at CHM’s burn clinic and to have been able to join both my families for an excellent cause!”