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Super Sam versus the Marrow Monsters

Super Sam versus the Marrow Monsters is a 20-minute award-winning animated film developed specifically for pediatric transplant patients and their families. This film features Sam, a young boy making an epic movie production about his own transplant experience. Along the way, Super Sam meets many everyday heroes in the form of patients, siblings, and health care staff who talk about the hospital, their feelings, what transplant is and what recovery is like.

You can also watch special features that provide more information for each member of your family: patient, sibling and parent.

After watching Super Sam, you and your family can continue to learn through fun activities and informational sheets.

Activities for patients

Activities for siblings

  • A note from me – fill in the blanks to share your feelings, ask questions and check-off ways for brothers or sisters to communicate. 
  • What can siblings do – discover ideas for caring for yourself and helping the family during the transplant process. 

Resources for parents and caregivers

  • Parent checklist – prepare for your child’s transplant and stay at a transplant center.
  • Taking care of you, the caregiver – learn quick, easy ways to recharge, prioritize and ask for help when taking care of yourself and caring for your sick child becomes challenging.
  • Support for siblings – help your other children during the transplant process with these insights and strategies.

Children’s Reading List

There are a number of resources available to help your children understand the transplant process. Read or download these resources for children and parents:

Bone marrow and cord blood transplants

Stevie's New Blood, by Kathryn Ulberg Lilleby, 2002

This is the story of a bone marrow transplant from a child's perspective. This book has pictures for young children, simple large-print words for school-aged children, and detailed information for older children and parents. Available through the Oncology Nursing Society: http://esource.ons.org/productdetails.aspx?sku=INPUSTEVENEWBLD

Me and My Marrow: A Kid’s Guide to Bone Marrow Transplants, by Karen Crowe, 1999

This book uses pictures and words to explain what a bone marrow transplant is, what it feels like and how to cope. It talks about life before, during and after transplant. Free PDF available online: http://www.bridges4kids.org/Disabilities/meandmymarrow.pdf

Stem Cell Transplant Coloring Book, by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

This coloring book tells the story of two young bone marrow transplant patients. It includes pictures, activities and resources. Free PDF available online: http://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/childhoodbloodcancer/pdf/stemcelltransplantcoloringbook.pdf

For parents

Family Handbook for Children with Cancer Second Edition, by The Children’s Oncology Group, 2011

Free PDF available online in English, Spanish and French. http://childrensoncologygroup.org/index.php/family-handbook

Turn to Be The Match® for support

Be The Match is here to assist you and your family before, during and after transplant. Our patient services coordinators can answer your questions and provide support and education to help you navigate your transplant journey. Contact us at 1 (888) 999-6743 or patientinfo@nmdp.org. Whatever you are feeling, no question or concern is too big or too small.