Kids in hospitals cannot leave for much of any length of time. This really affects them emotionally. I mean, imagine being stuck in a cell where so few people can visit you and you cannot do much of anything activity-wise.
I was approached about three years ago when I first cosplayed as a Genderbend of the Riddler if I would consider visiting pediatric wards with a group of other cosplayers. As I was pretty young and poor (wait… that has not changed) I said no and it has been something that I have wanted to since. I have visited some hospitals in the area around where I go to college, but it has been specifically for Halloween or with only one other person.
Having been given an opportunity and turning it down really woke me up to the fact that I’m really just winging this (most stuff is so last minute at this point). I did get the opportunity to attend one of the Make A Wish events about 6 hours away, but due to some work mix-up, I was unable to attend. There are more this summer that I am planning on attending and I do plan on doing some local stuff, as well.
But, here’s the rub: these sorts of events (especially in the midwest) they ask for the cosplayers to have the costumes of Disney prince/princesses and things more G-rated than what cosplayers in this area tend to do (I mean, Black Butler is amazing, but for a pediatric ward?). It is very expensive. So, very few people are willing to do these sorts of things.
After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that characters like Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Jane (Tarzan) would be pretty cool for someone like me to do for these visits. (Little girls really like the women who cosplay the characters with big dresses – the boys do, as well… especially if you can stay in character!)
There are other characters like the Power Puff Girls! A big kids show, at the moment is Steven Universe and, I’m sure, you could find any number of other people who would join together for a group costume. The kids also really like the superheroes.
It isn’t just pretty, pretty princesses!
So, if you are interested in attending as a character, or wish to donate, I will have a contact page or a Go Fund Me available in the next week!