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Heroes 5 Core Programs

Heroes 5 Core Programs


* WHO is eligible to receive financial assistance?  Anyone child from birth to age 22 who is currently receiving treatment in one of our partner hospitals.

* DOES Heroes discriminate towards race, ethnicity, religion, gender, financial status, etc.?  NO... Cancer is no respecter of persons and neither is Heroes for Children.  If you are receiving pediatric cancer treatment in one of our partner hospitals you are eligible for financial assistance with Heroes.

* HOW does Heroes for Children provide assistance to the families?  We cut checks every single Friday to our eligible families via a check or through ACH directly to their bank account.  From point of application to financial assistance into the hands of families averages 5 to 7 business days.

* CAN I volunteer for Heroes for Children?  YES.  But we prioritize our volunteer opportunities for our groups of Young Leaders, Superhero Sponsors, Heroes Sponsors, or those who do a Heroes Blanket (ex. Fundraiser Events, Family Social Events, and Special Projects). If you are a single individual who needs volunteer hours for schools or community service we DON'T have those opportunities available. 

* HOW can a family apply for financial assistance with Heroes for Children?  Great question.  The Social Workers at our Hospital Partners are the only ones who can apply directly with us. This allows us to qualify and get assistance to families fast and also allows us to protect us against fraudulent applications.

* CAN families apply more than once?  YES.  Families can apply for assistance through our 5 Core Programs up to 4 times within a year.  There is a waiting period between each application.

* HOW can a Children's Hospital partner with Heroes for Children?  Great question.  We are currently expanding nationwide with Children's Hospitals that have a dedicated pediatric oncology unit and desire for us to partner with them as a resource to help families who have a child battling cancer not fight their battle alone.  Contact us via


Heroes 5 Core Programs

(Hospital Cities: Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio TX; Portland, OR and coming in April 2024 Detroit, MI) 

Dear Friends & Partners, 

The last 20 years, Heroes for Children, has been helping families who have a child battling cancer not fight their battle alone.  We started with 1 hospital in Dallas, expanded to all Texas hospitals with the largest pediatric oncology units, and now have expanded nationally. 


The key to helping families is through our 5 Core Programs that help meet the financial needs for families while their child is in treatment (see below).  We leverage the infrastructure of the hospital staff (doctors, nurses, social workers) to help us identify and qualify children/families who need help with their personal bills so that they don't lose their apartment/home, have utilities turned off, car repossessed, can't have a funeral, etc.  We do this every single week in all of our partner hospitals. 


Another key to being successful in this mission is what we call "Heroes Time."  From the time our partners hospitals apply for the families with us to the time the families receive the financial assistance through our 5 Core Programs averages 5 to 7 business daysFamilies who have a child battling cancer don't have the luxury of waited two or three months to get financial assistance that they desperatly need now. 

How do we do this?  It is Hereos like YOU that make this happen through your generous donations and support! 


Straight Ahead


David Hancock, CEO/Executive Director

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(Right) Dr. Stan Goldman, Children's Hospital Dallas, TX with David Hancock, CEO of Heroes for Children

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