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Meet Nurse Leah

Hello, SuperCaptainBraveFAM!

As January 2021 comes to a close, I’d like to say Happy Birthday to two members of our SuperCaptainBraveFAM: Brigette Vasquez and Corey Timmons. They happen to have the same birthday and are close to Kyle and his family.

Corey met Kyle in 2017 and has been a friend ever since. His generous heart and fun nature make him an amazing addition to Team Kyle. Not to mention an extra partner in crime for our epic Halloween group costumes.

Readers might recognize Brigette as one of Kyle’s nurses. Loving and kind, she is Kyle’s morning nurse and the one who helps him most often with schoolwork. In fact, she is the first nurse you meet in the SuperCaptainBraveMan books!

As I type this, I realize that I forgot to introduce myself in the last blog post. Oops!

Meet Nurse Leah

Hi! My name is Leah Lodevico, aka Nurse Leah.

If that sounds familiar, you might recognize the last name as that of the talented illustrator of the SuperCaptainBraveMan series, Victor Lodevico. He’s my brother and the person who introduced me to the world of SuperCaptainBraveMan and Kyle.

For as long as Victor has been Kyle’s nurse, I’ve known the incredible Norman family. In 2015, I joined the team in charge of Kyle’s care as his weekend nurse. Watching and caring over him these past 6 years has been some of the most rewarding in my life.

During the production of the first two SuperCaptainBraveMan books, I sat in awe of the stories and artwork Jennifer Norman, Paul Norman, and my brother, Victor Lodevico created. In 2018, Victor approached me with the idea of creating a story for the fall. And so, The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan: A Kyle Adventure Book 2: Signs of the Season came into being.

2019 saw another collaboration for me and SuperCaptainBraveMan. Along with Paul Norman and inspired by the precocious Mia Armstrong, I co-authored The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan Book 4: Down on Safari!

I’ve been writing stories since high school and the opportunity to write for a series like SuperCaptainBraveMan is one that I cherish and am extremely grateful for. In addition to these books, in February of 2020 I also published the book Someone Said, inspired by my daughter and my own experiences as a second-generation immigrant.

During 2020, I’ve devoted my time to helping my daughter adjust to distance learning, sewing face masks, and of course, taking care of Kyle.

I was given the opportunity to write for the SuperCaptainBraveMan blog this year and it’s not one I intend to fumble. My hope for this blog is to make it a safe space to talk about the health issues and triumphs everyone experiences. Especially for those who live adaptive lives and their families.

I’m not an expert and I don’t think I have the energy to even be one. What I am is an avid learner who happens to be the parent of a constantly questioning 9-year-old. Finding ways to explain the world to her is a daily occurrence. I hope writing for this blog will not only help me start difficult conversations with my child, but help anyone start and continue conversations that need to happen with the next generation.

In future posts, I’ll be talking to different people who inspire others and work to spread positivity. And in honor of the 5th Anniversary of the SuperCaptainBraveMan series, I’m going to end each blog with a little segment called 5 Facts.

Nurse Leah and Kyle celebrating Book 3: Nurses are Amazing!

Here are 5 Facts About Leah Lodevico:

  1. My favorite podcast is Ologies by Alie Ward. It’s an often hilarious and always informative podcast. Each episode is dedicated to a different -ology, or field of study. The language isn’t always kid friendly, but the information is always interesting. If you visit the Alie Ward website, there are kid friendly versions if you’d like to share a fave episode with your kiddos.

2. I play the viola. I enjoy the richness of tone the viola gives off and wish I could play in an ensemble again. But with my daughter taking up the violin this year, perhaps a duo will have to do.

3. I love Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. This is a love that is close to my heart and something I share with my daughter and Kyle as often as I can.

4. I make an awesome arroz caldo. Translated from Tagalog, it means “rice soup”. It’s more of a rice porridge with chicken, garlic, and lots of ginger. Think of it as the Filipino version of chicken noodle soup and you’ll understand how comforting this food is for me.

5. I cry. A lot. At every movie, show, commercial, and Christmas song, Kyle can always count on a tear or two from me. And he laughs good naturedly about it. More than once at the movie theater, members of Team Kyle will turn their heads and whisper, “Stop crying!” or “Is Leah crying yet?” But as one memorable movie character stated, “I just have a lot of feelings.”

Stay safe and brave, SuperCaptainBraveFAM!

All of the books in the SuperCaptainBraveMan series are available in our shop or www.amazon.com

My book Someone Said is available at https://tinyurl.com/SomeoneSaid

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TeamCoben spent his afternoon learning about Kyle, aka SuperCaptainBraveMan

team-cobenThe original testimonial was written by TeamCoben. I am reposting it here with permission.

While Coben has been through so many obstacles, he still has a very hard time accepting that other#children are #sick like him. As #adults I think we want to find others in a similar situation as ours for a sense of #comradery maybe it’s just to know that we’re not alone… ultimately we just want someone to #understand.
But with kids it’s different. Coben and most the kids we meet, keep to themselves, and don’t seem to find the same comfort as adults do in finding someone in like circumstances.
But here is a book created by #parents and their son’s daily #caretaker helping us as parents to open segways with our kids, both #healthy and sick, to grasp an understanding of what it’s like to be different. I asked Coben, “what did he think about other children he had seen in wheelchairs before he had one of his own?” Very sweetly and innocent he said “I thought maybe their legs were broken”
Kids are so matter of fact, so I think it’s important to use family time as an #opportunity to educate them on these topics.

Not long ago Coben had a VERY long day in chemo and wanted ice cream on the way home. Of course I stopped, unloaded his wheelchair, put on his mask, sought out a ramp and worked our way into the shop. Outside sat a family of 5, a set of parents and kids ranging from maybe 5-10… the middle child asks “what’s wrong with him, why is he like that?” (In my mind I responded “you mean what’s right with him?”) But I of course simply said “well, he has cancer” to which the youngest child immediately asks “Is he gonna die?” Something in me didn’t feel comfortable offering a definite “NO” since #truth is no one really knows… there are treatments, not cures. But I realized that I was the only one panicking over that question, Coben didn’t seem to think anything of it.
He has been so educated on his situation that he has a mature grasp on the question of his own mortality.
So again we are reminded, there is so much we can learn from our kids. Take this #September for#ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth as an opportunity to discuss these topics with your children.
They won’t learn compassion and understanding out in the world, so why not use the time at home to learn it as a family? Put your child in the situation… “if you became I’ll tomorrow… if you were confined to a wheel chair… if you couldn’t visit with friends : how would you feel?”
I strongly encourage you to check out Super Captain Brave Man, whether or not the kids walk away with lessons, you certainly will!

#TeamCoben #gogold #bethechange#settheexample #familylife #bestlifeever #read#teach #educate #compassionproject #feels#cancersucks #kidswithcancer#childhoodcancerawareness

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Picture This…SuperCaptainBraveMan Heads to Nursery School

Last week, Nurse Leah Lodevico had the privilege of reading The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan to a spritely class of four and five year olds at Pacific Clinics Head Start Program Lexington Center in Glendale, California.The children were very attentive and engaged. After hearing the story, they drew pictures of what they remembered. Check out these masterpieces!

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Little Linda outlined Emily smiling brightly…
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Then colored her picture in beautifully. Way to go, Linda!
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There’s a lot of love happening in this playground picture!
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Little Angelina’s creation could be aptly titled, “Kyle. Blue Period.”
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Monica is surely going to be a brilliant abstract artist when she grows up!
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Remy expresses her joy at watching her mommy, Leah, read the book to her class. Hooray!!!

If you’d like your child’s class to have access to The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan, let us know! We’d be happy to get in contact with your child’s school. Or better yet, you can purchase books and gift them to your local schools, hospitals or libraries by ordering at www.SuperCaptainBraveMan.com.

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Book Launch Birthday Blast!

Saturday, April 23rd was a day worth celebrating about. It was the day The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan children’s book officially launched, AND it was the day that Kyle, the central figure of the book, turned 10 years old!

The party was attended by friends, family, and special acquaintances totaling more than 130 from all across the country.The party started at 1 pm on an absolutely gorgeous, picture-perfect Southern California day. As guests filtered in, they were greeted with festive music in a park-like backyard atmosphere.

 

Here’s a shout-out to all the vendors that helped contribute to the day:

Thanks to everyone for making the day so much fun!

The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan is on sale now. Buy it here!

 

 

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The Story Behind the Story

We’re excited to share our first YouTube video ever! It shares the inspiration behind SuperCaptainBraveMan and how the idea for the children’s book came about. Let us know what you think!

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Book Release: April 23, 2016

We’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of our children’s book series, The Adventures of SuperCaptain! Book 1: A Day at the Park, will be released on Kyle’s birthday, April 23, 2016.

The book marks a special collaboration between husband and wife team Paul and Jennifer Norman, who co-authored the book, in conjunction with Kyle’s nurse, Victor Lodevico, who happens to also be a very talented digital artist.

Here’s the Synopsis:

Kyle is a boy like any other boy his age, only he has a rare condition that hinders his day-to-day physical abilities. It is when Kyle dreams that he transforms into his alter ego, SuperCaptainBraveMan!

SuperCaptainBraveMan is a friend to all kids, helping them discover their own courage and strength to overcome daily challenges.

In Book 1: A Day at the Park, SuperCaptainBraveMan helps Emily, a girl in a wheelchair, make new friends.