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Sunny Williams, TinyDocs

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Sunny Williams
Chicago, IL

Cartoon videos that teach kids about their health in a fun, relatable, and easy-to-understand way.

For me, Tiny Docs is personal. When I was a child I was in an out of hospitals. I was fearful and anxious, as any child would be facing a number of surgeries. Many times, I interacted with doctors and healthcare practitioners who were smart and well-meaning, but they spoke in ‘doctor-ese’.

All I wanted was someone or something to help me understand what was happening with my health. I looked to my parents for guidance, but they were not able to help me understand in a language that I could understand. Often, a nurse practioner would hand me a pamphlet to aid my understanding, but it only confused me more. It wasn’t written in a language I could understand. There weren’t any illustrations. It was useless. Even at that young age, I identified this situation as a problem and if I was facing it, I could imagine many other children also faced the problem.

I grew up to be a healthy human, but I never forgot those character-building moments when I was at the hospital so many times. When I started thinking about how I was going to make my unique dent in the universe, how I was going to change the world, I thought about that problem I faced over and over as a child. I had an idea of creating a cast of cartoon characters that guide children through a series of health challenges including surgical procedures, chronic diseases, and general health and wellness. I thought that I was one of the few uniquely positioned in life to solve this problem. In order to execute on my vision, I knew that I was going to have to commit my time, treasure, and talent so I left the wonderful world of big law, started Tiny Docs and the real work began.

Thank you to the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Acceleratorâ„¢ in-kind sponsors for providing mentorship and access to technology: