Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Party Fit for a Princess!

Saturday September 18th marked a very special day for both, Beverly and Heroes for Children. We had the pleasure of throwing a dual celebration, honoring Beverly’s 12th birthday party and her First Communion-two very big milestones in Beverly’s life!!

Beverly has been battling a form of cancer called Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Osteosarcoma is typically found in boys 14-16 years of age and located in places like knees or elbows. Beverly’s cancer was found in places like her throat and chest which makes her story even more compelling and rare. Through Heroes for Children’s Milestone Hero program, we were able to throw Beverly the communion and birthday bash fit for a princess!

The venue was decorated brilliantly in white and pink colors, something only 3 women with daughters could stir up and pull off (thank you Emily, Leigh and Amy)! The tables were beautifully decorated with breathtaking pink flowers and the most delicious looking candy-filled glass bowl centerpieces any tween has ever seen! The only thing that could make the room look any more beautiful would be our princess, Beverly. She sat at the head of the room, in a make-your-eyes-tear-up exquisite, sparkling floor length white gown, and of course a glimmering tiara, something no princess can leave the house without!

The evening was a huge success with the DJ playing Beverly and her family’s favorite songs, the dance floor moving, and a delicious dinner from Papasito’s. Heroes for Children is truly so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful evening. Beverly is one of many children, Heroes for Children helps through its assistance programs. To learn more, please visit our website at

Monday, September 20, 2010

Super Heroes- Team Pro-Spirit

Almost 3 years ago, my girls started doing competitive cheerleading at Pro-Spirit in Mckinney. I must admit, I wondered, what on earth am I getting myself into?! Little did I know what an incredibly awesome experience it would be not just for them, but for me as well. You see, Pro-Spirit does not just train amazing athletes, (yes, these kids ARE athletes!). They teach the kids to be thankful and appreciative for their strength, their health and the opportunities that they have before them. The gym owners, Diana and Jeff Miller, teach them to give back to their community and the importance of philanthropy at a young age.
Each year, Pro-Spirit embraces a cause, and engages the cheerleaders and their families to support this cause. Heroes for Children is blessed to be their charity of choice this year. When we kicked off this campaign, I spoke to the cheerleaders about childhood cancer and how approximately 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer. I told them about the ways HFC helps families who have a child with cancer and encouraged them to get involved, fund raise, participate in the 5K and make a difference.
Over the course of the next several months, the cheerleaders began signing up and fundraising for the Heroes for Children 5K. We were all completely taken aback though when in June, one of our very own cheerleaders, was diagnosed with cancer. The gym rallied around Lauren and her family offering prayers, support, meals, anything they could, to support Lauren and her family. Then, just a few weeks ago, another teenage girl, the sister of one of our Pro-Spirit cheerleaders, was also diagnosed with cancer. This has been a difficult journey for these families and the families at Pro-Spirit. Our kids have learned all to well the reality of childhood cancer and the importance of supporting these families during their child's battle with cancer.
I am thankful for the Pro-Spirit family and I am so PROUD that Team Pro-Spirit has over 200 members who will be participating in the 5K this Saturday!! Not only are they participating, they are FUNDRAISING!! To date, the team has raised $12,327 (and counting!!) for Heroes for Children. Watch for the sea of red "Spirit Heroes" shirts at the 5K on Saturday. Team Pro-Spirit will be walking/running/cheering in honor of our heroes, Hagan and Lauren.
Thanks Pro-Spirit for being TRUE HEROES for kids with cancer.

Friday, September 17, 2010

September Volunteers of the Month!

We are so excited to honor our HFC 5K & 1K Fun Run Chairs as the Volunteers of the Month for September.  Amanda Blankenship & Jonathan Forgione have been involved in the 5K for many years and are doing an incredible job chairing the event this year.  The HFC 5K & 1K Fun Run is coming up next Saturday, September 25 at the Shops at Legacy in Plano.  The event is expecting to double its participation under Amanda & Jonathan's leadership.  We couldn't be more thrilled with their support of Heroes for Children and the hours they have dedicated to making this year's 5K such a success.  I am sure they would want to make sure you are all invited to register for the 5K Run/Walk or 1K Fun Run. :) You can register online through Wednesday, September 23 at Noon - Or Thursday/Friday at Luke's Locker in Plano. Or race morning starting at 6:30 am.

Thank you Amanda & Jonathan!!

Name, Occupation:
Jonathan Forgione, President, West Richardson, ViewPoint Bank
Jonathan Forgione
Amanda Blankenship and family
Name, Occupation:
Amanda S. Blankenship
First and foremost:  Woman, Wife & Mom
Business Development Director, Venturity Financial Partners

How did you get involved with HFC?
A -  Allan Rayson and I worked together and I followed the Scott’s story when everything was happening with Ally, it moved me so I wanted to see how I could help.  Just so happened that Jennifer Rayson was chairing the 5K and I was able to serve on the committee…  Four years ago!
J - Through neighborhood fundraiser for Jenny Scott and her family, and Medical City Dallas.

Do you have any kids and/or pets?
A -  Two beautiful boys… Gavin (2.5) and Gage (5 months)!
J - My wife and I have 2 kids: Mallory Forgione (6), Jameson Forgione (J.J. 3). We also have one pet and his name is Parker.

From looking at you, no one would guess that…..
A - I am a certified yoga instructor… but really need to work on my own practice!  Ha!
J - When I was born my legs were uneven, I had to spend several years in a special brace to fix the problem.

Favorite place to eat:
A - I love Chuy’s… you can’t go wrong with good Mexican!
J - The Blue Fish

What’s on your book shelf?
A - Currently, all of the Harry Potter Books… I love Dan Brown, and am right now enjoying Eat, Pray, Love!
J - Bible, an assortment of other books and some old college books, and the Twilight series as well. 

What’s in your iPod/CD changer?
A -  Everything, from old school country, to Top 20 Hits, to sing-a-long kids songs…
J - Lots and lots of country music from the 90’s

Who’s your hero?
A - Hard to peg this title to just one person, as I have many, but at this moment… my Dad.  I respect him on so many levels and appreciate the relationship that we have.  Today – He is my HERO!
J - The men and women of the United States armed forces. They put their lives on the line every day to protect our way of life and the freedoms we hold very dear to our hearts.