BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Life can change in an instant. On December 9, the Greene family’s life turned upside down.
It all started when their 8-year-old daughter complained that her leg hurt. The day ended with an ambulance ride to Children’s Hospital.
“December the ninth, Rozlyn was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. We’ve been here ever since,” explains her Dad, Ben Greene.
The family had to adjust to being away from their home in Glencoe and their other children, and instead of balancing getting the kids to school and activities on time, they started planning chemotherapy treatments and looking for a bone marrow match.
“You learn to prioritize the little things that got you so upset, those things are pushed to the side and you realize that memories with family are more important than making sure you’re at a certain place at a certain time,” says Greene.
That’s why moments like these matter so much.
The team from Marvel Universe Live surprised patients with a little stunt show, meeting each child individually, and taking photos.
“It takes her mind off things and gets her out of the room and feeling like a normal kid, which is a big thing,” says Greene.
It touches the hearts of the Marvel crew too.
“The kids that don’t get to come see our show, this is really special for them, I love interacting with them and asking them what their favorite superheroes are,” says stunt performer Michael Kem. “My favorite is when children may have just gotten done with a surgery, or they are in a place where they can’t really emote as much, and you see the glimmer of happiness in their eye when they get to see a superhero or you tell them something like ‘I know spider man’ and you see that glimmer of happiness.”
For Rozyln, it brought excitement to her day. “It was a lot of fun,” she says, smiling through her anti-viral face mask.
Her family, grateful for the new memory, and all the people who worked to make it happen.
“There’s a lot of people that put a lot of time into helping to make sure these kids have memorable experiences that can overshadow their bad days. So when they are sitting in their hospital room and can’t get out, things to make them feel good they can think about,” says Green.
He says now as a parent, and a person, he wants to do more to give back and support other families in the same situation.
“Whenever you go somewhere, do You want to support this or that, and you realize there is more that we could all do to help things like this. This doesn’t just happen. It takes support from everyone all over the place,” says Greene. “We as parents are looking to do more now, that we didn’t do before.”