Super Baskets of Hope makes special delivery to sick kids

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- When the Super Bowl comes to town, a lot of famous people come with it, including athletes, former athletes and coaches. And while they're here, some of them make time to make a difference by doing some "super" things.

One of those good deeds is the "Super Baskets of Hope" program. The program provides gifts to children diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. The baskets are delivered by volunteers who spend time meeting with the family.

Super Baskets of Hope customizes each basket with age-appropriate toys, games, crafts, and other goodies for the child and siblings.

Moms and dads also receive a special tote bag of items, just for them. "They're the best encouragers for our kids," says Angela Brunette of Super Baskets of Hope. "If we can keep them encouraged, they can keep the kids encouraged."

In honor of the Super Bowl, volunteers came to Phoenix Children's Hospital Tuesday to deliver 250 baskets to young patients.

The baskets and totes were personally delivered by former NFL coach Tony Dungy, Lorenzo Alexander and Mike Leach of the Arizona Cardinals.

"I started doing this about 10 years ago," says Dungy. "I was coaching the Colts, and Kurt Warner is a friend of mine. He told me about the project in St. Louis and what they did, delivering baskets to young cancer patients. And it was not just to give them toys and things but to spread a little hope and cheer."

The program is made possible by sponsors such as The Dungy Family Foundation, FedEx, AV Concepts, JBloom, Aces Foundation, D'Angelo Hall, First Things First, and Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.

Visit www.superbasketsofhope.org for more information.