I, Beth, recently have gotten back into volunteering and specifically with Heroes for Children. One day at the end of January I decided to try out yoga at an actual studio and ended up meeting one of the co-founders of Heroes for Children that same day. Talk about perfect timing as I’d been looking for one charity or organization to get involved with! Both co-founders of HFC lost a daughter to cancer and throughout their daughters’ battles with cancer each family was blessed by friends, neighbors and family and through these people in their lives were able to overcome many of the obstacles their family faced. They saw many other families, as I am sure some of you reading this blog have seen, struggle financially amongst other things while their children battled cancer. In December 2004, Heroes for Children was formed and since have provided over 2 million dollars in program services!
You might be wondering, How exactly does HFC provide for families? – “[we] provide direct financial assistance to families with children battling cancer. The average gift is $750 to assist towards such necessary expenses as mortgage/rent, utilities, car payments, or even funerals for children who have lost their battle to cancer. This is the largest program and main focus of Heroes for Children. More than $45,000 is spent each month on direct financial assistance.”
There is also the Laptops for Love program which “donates new laptops to teenagers battling cancer. This unique program provides teens with a link to the outside world while undergoing cancer treatment and allows them to keep up with their school work while away from the classroom.”
This is just one of a number of other events throughout the year to raise money and not only here in Dallas, but also in Houston. Please take a look at the HFC site to learn even more!
Finding an outlet to volunteer got me very pumped up and when I learned that Heroes for Children holds a 5k annually I got even MORE excited and knew that I needed to be apart of the 5k committee. Each year the Heroes for Children 5k is held in September at the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas. I am excited to see the behind the scenes part and all the details that go into organizing a race! I am glad to finally be able to see just how much time, dedication and hard work goes into planning such an event. Our first meeting as a committee was in April and we are all deep into the organizing process! You are probably wondering – if it’s in September why are you already talking to me about this now?? Well, that’s a GREAT question! We are starting team recruitment already and are looking for team captains! The first chance to learn about being a team captain is Wednesday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Ringo’s Pub at the Shops at Legacy. Lunch will be provided for you and if you’d like to attend please feel free to leave a comment on this post or you can email me at email@example.com. There will be other opportunities to attend a team captain informational and I will be sure to keep you guys updated (like a happy hour next month in Dallas)! If you live in the DFW area, we would love your support in the 7th Annual HFC 5k even if it’s just you signing up to run and not bringing a full team! If you have any further questions feel free to contact me!