Heroes for Children provides direct financial assistance to families with children battling cancer.
The average financial assistance grant is $750 to assist towards necessary expenses such 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 $50,000 is provided each month in direct financial assistance.
In 2013, Heroes for Children fulfilled more than 800 requests for financial assistance. The need for assistance continues to grow! Heroes for Children strives to fund each and every need. Without your help, we are unable to do so.
Funding to families
Requests for financial assistance vary and Heroes for Children evaluates each request to determine if the need meets our mission. Unique situations for funding often arise which are outside of these average types of assistance.
An average of $750 is donated directly to families. Common types of requests include:
- Mortgage and rent payments
- Utilities, phone, gas, car payments
- Hotel and travel expenses for families to travel to and from the hospital
While caring for the sick child, parents must often face the financial strains of missed work or lost jobs. Often, it is impossible for them to work a steady job. Bills continue to pile up at home.
“I can't thank you enough for the blessing you have been to me and my family. I am still constantly amazed by the generosity of organizations such as Heroes for Children." --parent, recipient of assistance from Heroes for Children
“Wors cannot express our gratitude for the financial help, it couldn't have come at a better time. We look forward to being a part of your organization and can hopefully give back one day." -- parent, recipient of assistance from Heroes for Children
From the Social Workers
Below are some thoughts from various social workers we work with on a monthly basis (from a 2013 end of year social worker survey):
"HFC has been so very valuable with assisting patients with finances, and your assistance with sperm banking. The sperm banking assistance is so valuable to these teenage males, who, at some point, will want to become fathers!!" --social worker at Covenant Children's in Lubbock
"Heroes for Children has met the basic needs of families who are struggling financially and emotionally. When groceries and rent are taken care of, the parent is more emotionally adapt at handling the on going stressors of having a child with cancer. It has greatly lifted upsetting thoughts from their minds as they know that the funds given will keep them from going homeless or pay for that out of pocket medication that may save their childs life." -- social worker at Cook Children's in Ft. Worth
"Heroes for Children helped families financially. It is wonderful to see the relief in families’ eyes when they know their rent, car, etc..will be paid for that month. They breathe just a little easier for that moment. Secondly, the families then begin to think about ways they can give back to others even if they have no money themselves." --social worker at Scott & White Hospital in Temple
"Our famlies greatly benefit from HFC! You have helped families stay in their homes, keep their lights on, get to and from the hospital, put food on the table, and say goodbye to their children. We couldn't survive without you!" --social worker at Children's Medical Center of Dallas