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 2012, 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 $705 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.
“God bless you all! The work you do reaches so many people. You deserve a golden star!” --parent, recipient of assistance from Heroes for Children
“Through this devastating time, it is a true blessing to see the generosity displayed by so many people. Thank you for all that you (Heroes for Children) have done” --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 2006 end of year social worker survey):
"The organization has made a great deal of difference in many lives. It has allow them (the parents) to breath from some of the financial stressors following such a devastating diagnosis. The assistance has allow families to pay everyday bills, medical bills, prescriptions, and take care of anything else to be able to make ends meet." --social worker at Medical City Children's of Dallas
"Heroes for Children has been an invaluable support to my families. In very stressful times, when families are desperate for help with rent/bills/gas money, etc, during their child's treatment, Heroes for Children has been able to provide that help so they can focus on their child and not their bills. --social worker at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston
"They (Heroes for Children) have provided assistance for concrete services such as utilities that I could not necessarily find elsewhere." --social worker at Children's Medical Center of Dallas
"Heroes for Children has been the safety net for families in need. There are very few organizations in the community that patient families can rely on for a substantial amount of financial assistance that may be required to pay a bill when the parent(s) have missed work or cannot work due to their child's diagnosis." --social worker at Children's Medical Center of Dallas