Friday, July 30, 2010

Hook 'em for Heroes Kids Fishing Tournament - Register by Aug 1 for $10

If you have kids who love fishing, or have always wanted to learn to fish, and you live in the DFW area...  this kids fishing tournament is going to be a blast!  Every kid will be able to catch a fish with a fully stocked lake.  Registration for the tournament is only $10 per child through Sunday, August 1!  Be sure to register by August 1 to take advantage of the low fee... it jumps up to $15 per child after.

Hook 'em for Heroes presented by Medical City Children's Hospital
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Breckinridge Park, Richardson
Park in LOT B off Brand Rd.
8 am - check-in
9am - 11 am - fishing
11:30 am - awards

Other fun kids activities include bounce houses, crafts, Home Depot station, and face painters. Bring your own fishing gear, or use the gear provided.  Awards will be given by age category.
Visit for all of the information and to register online!

Want to participate for FREE??  Just raise $50 or more, and registration fee is on us!  Just select the "Agree to Fundraise" option through online registration at

Proceeds from tournament benefit Heroes for Children's mission to provide financial and social assistance to families in Texas with children battling cancer.

Monday, July 26, 2010

July Volunteers of the Month

Bob and Karen Foster have been involved with Heroes for Children since before we were even Heroes for Children! When little Allie Scott was in the hospital battling leukemia, Karen and Bob met Jenny, Allie and Andrew. Karen and Bob were close friends with Dana & Dennis Eisenberg, whose son, Sam, was in the room next to Allie also fighting leukemia. When Jenny and I co-founded Heroes for Children, Karen joined our advisory board. She has served on the 5K committee and helped HFC grow into the organization we are today! Karen is a busy Mom of three and decided to take a step back this year from the advisory board. Have no fear though, because her amazing husband, Bob, stepped in and took her place! Karen and Bob both have a huge heart for HFC and we have been so blessed to have them involved. Next month, they are opening up their beautiful home to host our annual HFC Board of Directors and family Pool Party! We are all looking forward to that! Thanks Karen and Bob for all you do to further the mission of Heroes for Children.

Name, Occupation:
Bob Foster, Partner, Ernst & Young
Karen Foster, CEO, Athletic Baby and President, Women's Auxiliary, Vogel Alcove

How did you get involved with HFC?

Karen became acquainted with Jenny Scott during visits to Medical City to see a friend's son who was battling cancer. Karen served on the advisory board for four years. Bob watched the impact HFC has had in the community. When Karen stepped down Bob asked if he could replace her on the advisory board.

Do you have any kids and/or pets?

We have three children: Zeev 15, Sophia 7 and Ben 5
We have a dog, dwarf hamster, two water frogs and a Russian tortoise.

From looking at you, no one would guess that…..

Bob: I want more children
Karen: That I am adopted

Favorite place to eat:

Fogo de Chao

What’s on your book shelf?

Bob: Photo books of our kids and all our family travels
Karen: Wild Trees by Richard Preston, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and Nurture by Nature by Paul Tieger

What’s in your iPod/CD changer?

Bob: Kris Kristofferson - The Austin Sessions
Karen: Dave Matthews and The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Who’s your hero?

Bob: My mother for raising two sons while working two jobs and Roberto Clemente
Karen: too many heroes to list

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cancer Can't Stop a Child (My experience at cancer camp)

Over the past six years working with families and children with cancer, I've learned that above all else cancer cannot stop a child. Kids are amazing. They don't focus on the scary issues of mortality or longterm effects of chemotherapy. They focus on the business of being children--playing, seeing friends, being normal.

For the past six summers, I have been blessed to participate in Camp Discovery, a camp for kids with cancer ages 7-16. Camp Discovery is funded by the American Cancer Society of San Antonio and serves children being treated at Medical City Children's Hospital of Dallas, Dell Children's Hospital of Austin, Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital of San Antonio, and Methodist Children's Hospital of San Antonio. It is entirely free to the camper. Campers must have cancer or be cancer survivors to attend camp.

Just because these kids are cancer patients does not mean that they don't have a blast. When I tell people I go to cancer camp, I often hear "oh, how sad." No, not sad at all.

Camp Discovery is a normal camp; just with extraordinary kids.

Archery, fishing, swimming, canoeing, high elements, music, horseback riding, arts & crafts--think of what a regular camp would have and we have it. A carnival Tuesday night and a dance on Wednesday night. It's just that at our camp, you're not shocked to see a young man twirl his prosthetic leg in the air during the dance (ok, I'll admit, the first time I saw him completely swivel his leg around, I was a bit taken aback). It's perfectly normal for the girl in the wheelchair to be surrounded by her other cabinmates to dance around her. Our kids have to check in to the "Band-Aid Box" more frequently or need to take their "Happy Nappy" during our daily rest period, but they're ready when it's time to go.

Each year, I find inspiration. Often, it is the camper I saw frail, bald, and pale the year before who comes bounding off the bus the next year. This year, my inspiration was a 12 year old blind boy. He and I made a duct tape wallet and a duct tape airplane together in arts & crafts! What I quickly learned about this camper was that the only limitations he had were those placed on him by others. He could (and would!) do just as much as the others. His disability did not hold him back.

As Heroes for Children has grown, we have served more and more of these kids. So many of them have been assisted through HFC. I pointed out to my coworker, who also attends camp, the teens who were recipients of laptops. Sweet seven year old Brooke exclaimed, "Miss Jenny, thank you for my birthday party!!" every time she saw me. I even saw Heroes for Children t-shirts being worn by the children! Being there and getting to know the kids made me proud to have been apart of their lives in just a small way through the works of Heroes for Children.

I love Camp Discovery. It's become a part of me, of who I am. The people have become my family. I have a t-shirt that says, "Until cancer is cured....There's camp." I'm so grateful for Camp Discovery and the week I spend with the volunteers and campers each summer.