Mom Makes Hospital Gowns “Braver”

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Being in the hospital is no fun. It’s worse when you are a child with a disease like cancer. They don’t get to enjoy life like an normal child. Some of them don’t even live to become productive adults. One California mom has taken it upon herself to brighten up these poor children’s days by adding a little bravery to their hospital gowns.

Back in 2007, Summer Germann’s younger brother was diagnosed with cancer. He did overcome the illness, but that victory was short-lived when a medical error claimed his life. On Halloween, Germann couldn’t stand looking at her little brother’s “dingy, pale yellow hospital gown that looked like it had been washed hundreds of times”. Children like him should be dressed up like a pirate or an astronaut. The ten-year-old little boy should’ve been out trick-or-treating in a cool-looking costume. To cheer him, she decided to paint him up like a little zombie, making him laugh like a normal child for a change. Years later, Germann saw a friend’s daughter dressed in a similar, dull hospital gown and an idea formed in her head. Why should children suffer in the hospital and look the part? With a little help from Kickstarter, Brave Gowns came into existence in 2013. Many investors wanted in on her noble idea. Everyone wanted to buy her company, but her mentor stepped in just in time and redirected her force for the launch. Within four days, Germann stood before doctors, lawyers, biotech engineers as a guest speaker after the alternative medicine advocate, Deepak Chopra. Everyone pitched in and two years later,

Brave Gowns took off like a rocket.
Children in the hospital can now look like miniature super heroes, elves, mermaids, or whatever design they so desire for the price of $37. The designs are printed on wrinkle-free, breathable material. Children can forget, if only briefly, about feeling shackled in a hospital bed while fitting the brave fight of cancer. You can also gift a gown through the Starlight Organization for $25.

Parents, doctors, and the children all love these gowns and tell Germann stories about how she has made a difference in their lives. Her designs have boosted the little patients’ self-esteem and has made life in the hospital a little more bearable. Not only have these gowns have improved the lives of these ill children, doctors have found that it is easier to work with their patients as well. As radiation oncologist Paul Y. Song, MD puts it, “It also makes access to wounds and IV ports much easier for health care providers. Above all, it is a very thoughtful solution for a very vulnerable patient population.” Germann gets plenty of pictures of these children wearing her gowns. Her favorite is of two-year-old Miles dressed up like a superhero with his stuffed bear in a cape. This was the moment that Germann realized what an impact her gowns had on these brave little children.

You can visit Germann’s web site here: You can also connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. You can even call at (310)883-4041 or email


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