Remember my letter to Katie N. Holmes, my former bestie? Remember when the Internet collectively pulled a John C. Mayer and we all had tons of fun?
Well it turns out that the Internets is not just for pranking but also for helping others. Only this time instead of poking mild fun at celebrities, we're pulling The David Cook and helping out charities.
Thanks to the power and awesomeness that is Twitter I have met some incredible people with awe-inspiring stories. One such amazing woman is Jenny Scott. Her daughter Allie died of acute myeloid leukemia at 8 months 27 days of age six years ago. In her memory and in the memory of Taylor Brewton, a 4-year-old girl who also passed away from the same disease, Jenny and Taylor's mom Larissa Linton founded Heroes for Children.
They know first hand the stress of helping their children battle cancer while maintaining the day-to-day activities life demands like mortgage payments and meals. In that spirit is why they founded Heroes for Children (check out the Heroes for Children blog Heroes Heartbeat).
Their mission according to the Heroes for Children website is "providing financial and social assistance to families, within the state of Texas, with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer."
Whatever a family needs they take care of, including funeral costs. Some of the social assistance Heroes for Children (follow Heroes for Children on Twitter) provides is Laptops of Love, which is a program to get new laptops to teenagers with cancer; Heroes Milestones, which helps cancer patients celebrate the milestones, such as proms, graduations, birthdays, of their lives if they are unable to celebrate because they're in the hospital or because of medical bills; and Holiday Heroes provides holiday joy to cancer families.
According to the Heroes for Children website, "Currently, an estimated 12,400 children, ages 0-20 years, are diagnosed with a form of cancer in the United States."
There are several ways you can help Heroes for Children.
#1 - Find Heroes for Children on Facebook.
#2 - Participate in one of Heroes for Children's several fundraising events, including Heroes and Handbags, Heroes for Children Golf Classic, Hold 'Em for Heroes, and their 5K run/walk.
#3 - Donate. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
#4 - Give items for the care packages Heroes for Children take to the hospitals. Check out their wish list.
#5 - Volunteer for Heroes for Children.
The work Heroes for Children does started in the hearts of two mothers who experienced a pain no mother should ever experience. Their work is the work of angels. I am in awe of them, their heart for what they do and how they turned their pain into helping others in a horrible situation.