Bango and Bucks Bears Bring Smiles in Madison

Bango, the Bucks Dancers, the Fireman Rob Foundation visited the Ronald McDonald House and American Family Children's Hospital to deliver Bucks Bears to Madison area children before the Bucks preseason game at the Kohl Center. 

Started in 2013, Robert "Fireman Rob" Verhelst created a Foundation that impacts the global community through a simple SMILE from a Bear. The foundation's mission is spreading the passion of being part of something bigger, one bear at a time, delivering smiles to children at hospitals throughout the world. Their 2015 Mission will include delivery of 2000 bears worldwide to children in hospitals and sending a deserving child, whose life has been affected by a trauma relating to burns, to Walt Disney World with our new Gift of Magic Project.

At the Bucks preseason game at the Kohl Center on October 20, The Fireman Rob Foundation and partners Southwest Airlines, Travel on a Dream & the Milwaukee Bucks, were honored to have a special young girl, Brooke Karper, and her family as honorary guests. When Brooke was 14 months old she was trapped in a burning building where she sustained 60% burns to her body. She spent over 3 months in the hospital, going through grueling physical and occupational therapy to relearn how to use her hands, walk and speak again. Yet, no matter what Brooke has been through, she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Thus, the Fireman Rob Foundation selected Brooke and her family to be special guests in launching the New Fireman Rob Foundation Gift of Magic Project. With amazing support from Travel on a Dream, Southwest Airlines & the Milwaukee Bucks, Brooke and her family are going to Walt Disney World.

She is going to Disney