DALLAS —For 97 families across the state, the holiday cheer arrived much earlier this year. Heroes for Children, a nonprofit that provides social and financial assistance to families whose children are battling cancer, recently hosted Holiday Heroes celebrations in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth, providing an evening of holiday cheer for families facing a cancer diagnosis.
Each event provided an evening of holiday cheer for families facing a cancer diagnosis, a press release stated.
“A cancer diagnosis can cause a strain on any family’s income, which makes purchasing gifts for the holidays really difficult,” statedLarissa Linton, co-founder and executive director of Heroes for Children, in the release. “To alleviate the financial burden and provide a sense of normalcy, each year we host Holiday Heroes to allow families to celebrate the season, despite their child’s cancer diagnosis.”
This year, more than 97 families – which included 272 children from Austin, Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth – participated in Holiday Heroes celebrations, the most families served since the program began. For the first time, the program was brought to Austin to serve children who are being treated at Dell Children’s Hospital. This is also the first year that the program was solely funded by the support of local businesses, organizations and families – including UnitedHealthcare, McKesson, Bank of America in Dallas, Riveron Consulting in Houston, and Keller Williams South in Austin.
This also is the first year the program is solely funded by the support of local businesses, organizations and families, including UnitedHealthcare, McKesson, Bank of America in Dallas, Riveron Consulting in Houston and Keller Williams South in Austin.