Unleash your superpowers. Bring smiles to hospitalized children and their families. Be their superhero.

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Support our Hospital Buddy Program, pairing college students with hospitalized kids to provide friendship, support, and laughter during long hospital stays.

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Mike is a senior pursuing his degree in Biology. He hopes to one day become a cardiologist. He has visited with many patients over the past two and a half years since he has been a StudentsCare Buddy, but Mike always cherishes his time with Jake.

Jake is an 8 year-old, multiple organ transplant patient. Some might say he is “old school” as he prefers traditional imaginary play over phone apps and video games. He has been on bedrest for months post-transplant, unable to get up and play. He is feeling defeated and just wants to be a “normal” kid again.

Finally, Jake is given the “okay” by his doctors to be off bedrest (yay!). But Jake’s excitement quickly goes away, when he realizes he has no one to play with. His friends are in school, and he is still stuck in the hospital. But then he realizes it is Tuesday and that’s the day his StudentsCare Buddy Mike comes to visit. He knows Mike always comes at 2:00, right after his college class. Jake hopes to go to college one day, like Mike. The little hand on the clock strikes 2, and in walks Mike. He comes with water guns and costumes in hand, hoping to save the day.

Soon enough, Jake is all smiles as they escape into a world without illness. Jake transforms into Batman and Mike, his sidekick. The doctors and nurses become “zombies” and the hospital hallways become crowded city streets. Jake’s IV bag is his special power, ridding the halls of all evil.

And just like that, Jake is just a kid again. These moments of joy are powerful enough to make up for the months of hardship. Mike gives Jake the freedom to forget where he is and be whoever he wants. Mike is Jake’s superhero. And without a doubt, Jake is his.


Since 2014, StudentsCare has trained over 200 college students who have provided thousands of hours of one-on-one support, friendship and laughter to long-term pediatric patients and families in 12 hospitals/healthcare facilities across the country.


You can be Jake’s superhero too.

Give the gift of fun, friendship, and support.

$500 gives 6 months of playtime and fun to a child in the hospital

$250 gives 3 months of playtime and fun to a child in the hospital

$125 gives a Comfort Kit to a child and caregiver

$50 gives a birthday gift to a child in the hospital


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