Tulsa Metro Women on Fire and Hydrants of Hope hosted their first Spring Fling event on Saturday.
The charities raised thousands of dollars to buy toys, bicycles and games consoles for children who are fighting cancer.
There were also special appearances from exotic animals to princesses and superheroes, trying to make a children’s day.
Tulsa’s fire chief Michael Baker said the firefighter’s heroes don’t wear capes.
“These families go through what we don’t understand every day,” Baker said. ‘And so we can put out fires now and then. They fight a battle every day. ‘
Baker said firefighters spent at least $ 400 per child on toys and electronics. Seeing the smiles on children’s faces makes it all worthwhile.
“To give just a little bit back and make a little bit of progress and have a smile instead of a frown or being away for a while is incredible,” said Baker. “And we are so honored to be a participant.
Sara Lohse is a parent of a patient. Lohse said events like this remind her that she’s never really alone.
“Cancer isolates you,” Lohse said. “To be able to come here and share this experience with other families, we don’t even know each other, but we immediately feel included in a family.”
Lohse’s daughter, Madilyn, and her best friend, Faith Cowherd, are both fighting cancer. They met while in the hospital for treatment.
They want to reflect the courage they see firefighters in their everyday lives.
“They go in and help people in a fire,” said Madilyn Lohse.
“They don’t care (about) the situation. They don’t think about getting hurt,” Cowherd said. “They’re like, ‘Oh, I have to help these people and they’re just automatically going to help.'”