In November 2004, two moms who had lost their precious daughters to leukemia partnered to start a non-profit and help fellow families with a child battling cancer. Now, more than six years later, Heroes for Children has donated over $3 million to thousands of Texas families facing the economic and emotional burden of a child undergoing treatment. What started as a way to help others through one of the hardest times in the lives of two mothers has grown to become a lifeline for many families who had nowhere else to turn.
I am extremely proud to be one of the co-founders of Heroes for Children. The words "your daughter has leukemia" literally changed every facet of my life; I was a wife and mother, living out my childhood dream of teaching. For the past six years, Heroes for Children has helped me through one of the darkest periods in my life. Along with my co-founder Larissa Linton, I am proud of our success as an organization. Never in our wildest dreams could we have anticipated the support and growth Heroes for Children has experienced thanks to our loyal donors, dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers.
In celebrating the organization's success, I'm also cognizant of where and how the organization still needs to grow. As I look forward to the year ahead, I've made the personal decision to step down as the Executive Director and return to teaching. I strongly believe this is the right decision for the organization and for me personally. This transition will allow me to continue helping families in the fight against childhood cancer while returning to my love of teaching. My decision makes way for new talent with the experience to help Heroes for Children make even greater strides in the non-profit arena for years to come.
As a co-founder, I will remain an active member of the Heroes for Children Board of Directors. My passion about Heroes for Children grows with every family we touch, and I am committed to continuing the mission Larissa and I developed when we founded this organization.
A search committee designated by the Board of Directors will begin the process of hiring a new director in late February with the goal of hiring someone by the beginning of May to allow for training and transition in June. I will remain the Executive Director of the organization until mid-June when the transition is complete.
I truly appreciate the support of the Board, staff, and of course, my wonderful family in making this very difficult decision. I know I will have your support as well and your continued involvement of this amazing organization as we look to grow and mature in new ways to help more families touched by devastating news Larissa and I know all too well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at all; I am happy to share this news with you in greater detail.