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These Fearless Kids Are True Superheroes, And They’re Fighting Cancer.

Abdullah, photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Abdullah, photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Abdeen photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Abdeen photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Abdeen photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Abdeen photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Omar photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Omar photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Omar photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Omar photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Dania photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Dania photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Dania photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope
Dania photographed by Tina Patni for SuperHope

They’re the smallest, bravest superheroes you’ll ever have the privilege of meeting.

Abdullah is a fearless five-year-old, a little tiger ready to fight and win. Seven-year-old Abdeen can squirt banana splits from his bare hands, just like Spiderman throws webs, to make the bad guys slip and fall. Soccer fan Omar, 12, has super powers in his legs, while Princess Dania at sweet 16 transforms dull, ugly places into miracle gardens.

All have a common battle: the fight against cancer. Now a new initiative, SuperHope, is coming to their aid by giving them and three comrades the chance to reveal themselves as the superheroes they really are, complete with personalized costumes and a photo shoot with award-winning photographer Tina Patni.

Founded by Tarik Batal, SuperHope channels the talents of Basma Masri, social impact director, illustrator Rahul Sarkara, and the incredible designers at Quiceno Art into supporting children’s imaginations. And the kids for their part were thrilled to sketch and wear superhero costumes they designed themselves.

This weekend in Dubai, the seven superkids showcased their special powers at Dubai’s Comic Con, a vast film and comic book convention, where a booth tailored to their personae displayed their photos and a video that tells their behind-the-scenes stories. For three days, these pint-sized celebrities took photos with visitors, who could also enjoy face-painting and Superhope stickers, bookmarks, apparel and other merchandise, with the proceeds going to children’s cancer treatment.

And all their new fans should stay tuned: coming soon, a comic book about these seven superheroes.

For more info – super-hope.org/ and twitter.com/SuperHopeOrg

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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