Hello everyone! My name is Sydney Dickinson.
I am a rising Senior at Century High School, and I am involved in SGA, the Drama club, and HOBY - the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Organization. I started in HOBY last year as an ambassador, and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I learned so much about myself as a leader, and as a person. This year, I returned to HOBY as a junior staff member, and was invited to attend the Advanced Leadership Academy in Chicago, Illinois. At ALA, I got inspired to create a service project about something I'm passionate about, and from there, Project SuperKid was born.
When I was five years old, I was treated for an Atrial Septal Defect. That meant that I had two large holes in my heart. Originally, I was treated with an intravenous surgery, but that didn't work, because the holes were too large. After that, we moved on to open heart surgery. That took place late July of 2005. I've had no problems since then, but I was left with a large inward scar created by the fear from being in the hospital. I have faced an anxiety disorder, a fear of doctors, and many more things as a result of my stay in the hospital. I know, firsthand, how fear can affect a person's wellbeing, and I don't want any other pediatric patient to have to go through what I did after surgery. That's the purpose of this project, to help pediatric patients to face their fears, and to feel the strength of a superhero in order to do so.
Every pediatric patient deserves the chance to face their Kryptonite.