Ocreations Donates Calendar Design for Superheroes Believe in Miracles


Seven years ago, the Superheroes Believe in Miracles charity was founded by Amy Faltot.  Her son was hospitalized for four months at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. During that time she was constantly impressed and inspired by the determination and positive attitude of the many pediatric patients in the hospital, and wanted to give back to those children.

Faltot began her charity by sending birthday gifts to children with chronic mental and physical illnesses. As the charity picked up more recognition, the number of gifts the charity donated each month grew exponentially. In an effort to raise more funds (and ultimately increase the number of children the charity could give gifts to), Faltot came up with the idea to create a calendar that featured children with chronic illnesses dressed up as superheroes.

In 2018, the Superheroes Believe in Miracles charity came to the Design Studio program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to work with Professor O’Mara and his students to design and develop the calendar, posters, video and event. The project went off without a hitch, and created a positive buzz in the Pittsburgh community.

Shawn O’Mara, President of ocreations, continued to stay in contact with Amy Faltot, the founder of the charity, even after the Art Institute closed its doors last spring. Despite the Art Institute going out of business, O’Mara and Faltot wanted the calendar project to continue.

So, this year Shawn O’Mara offered to donate design, bringing together his creative team at ocreations to bring the project to life again. Due to the pandemic, the traditional studio photoshoot couldn’t happen as it did in the past. Because many of the children featured in the calendar have severe medical conditions and sensitivities, COVID-friendly safety precautions had to be put in place. Local photographers volunteered to take photos of the children in outdoor settings, and were required to wear masks.


Superheroes Believe in Miracles also partnered with Carrie On Communication as a press and media partner. Carrie On Communication helped publicize this story, which was picked up by a variety of local news outlets, including:



Despite a global pandemic, the Superheroes Believe in Miracles charity was able to design a calendar and raise funding for a charity that brings so much joy to the children in the calendar, their families, and the community — all with the help of ocreations and Carrie On Communication.

Ocreations is proud to have been the design partner for the Superheroes Believe in Miracles 2021 calendar, and looks forward to donating more design with the foundation for years to come.


We are still looking for companies or individuals to purchase 1 or larger amounts of calendars to help this amazing cause.





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