A family-friendly 5K and Fun Run to benefit Heroes for Children will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m., September 24, at The Plaza at Galatyn Park, in Richardson. There will be a Kid’s Adventure Zone, food, drinks and entertainment.
Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children up to 22 years old battling cancer. For 12 years, they have helped alleviate families’ worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of cancer fighting and caregiving.
Larissa Linton and Jenny Dowen, founders of Heroes for Children, explain the organization was founded in memory of Taylor Anne Brewton and Allison “Allie” Leigh Scott, who both passed away from acute myeloid leukemia in 2001 and 2004, respectively.
In addition to providing financial assistance, Heroes for Children also provides social assistance programs that support parents, children and the family as a whole. Social events allow parents to have much-needed relaxation time away from a hospital environment, while providing them with a forum to interact with other parents and families experiencing similar struggles.
Families with a child battling cancer at one of 10 major pediatric oncology partner hospitals are referred by social workers at each facility.
Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. For more information, call 817-821-8629 or visit HeroesForChildren.org.