Friday, September 3, 2010

Hope for Henry Brings Summer Sizzle to the Kids at Hackensack University Medical Center

Passport to Style - Wisconsin Place Shopping Mall

Passport to Style - Wisconsin Place Shopping Mall

This event benefits Hope for Henry. For $20, you can buy a ticket and have a fabulous night of wine, delectable treats, a swag bag, and in-store promotions. 100 percent of your $20 contribution goes to Hope for Henry. Invite your friends to come to this fun-filled, fashionable event.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Superhero Party Gets Big Thumbs Up

On behalf of the pediatric patients and staff of Sinai Hospital, we would like to thank you again and again and again for the wonderful Hope for Henry Super Hero Party that you held today for the children. It was such an incredible success! The patients ranged in age from 18 months to 20 years, and we can truly say that everyone had a great time. Not only did the patients enjoy it but so did the staff. We think that it was because you are such wonderful people with whom to work.

Please keep up the great work. What you are doing through the Hope for Henry Organization is truly making a difference in the lives of many children and their families. You really are bringing a lot of hope and joy into this world. You are truly our idea of what real super heroes are meant to be!

Laura Cohen, CCLS
Kristen Mylotte, CCLS

Superheroes Deliver the Power of Smiles to Hospitalized Kids

Superheroes visit sick kids at Sinai

Superheroes visit sick kids at Sinai

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Happy Birthday from Hope for Henry

In the News: Hope for Henry Superhero Celebration

Hope for Henry held its annual superhero celebration on Tuesday, February 24, at Georgetown Hospital's Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC. Below are links to some of the news coverage. Stay tuned for some photos in the coming days.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Emma's Art Kits are Awesome

Awesome Person Emma Strongin created a set of art kits for hospitalized kids. From origami wish stars to friendship bracelets, these kits are fantastic outlets for expressions of creativity while providing a much-needed distraction from the isolation and loneliness that are a reality of spending weeks or months in the hospital.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Who You Are Helping When You Support Hope for Henry

The Jacob Skye Baron Blog: Jacob's Wish
Henry Goldberg - While settling in at the hospital, for what would be a several-month stay, we were greeted by one of the Tomorrow's Children social workers holding a messenger bag. On it were the words "Hope for Henry". He presented us with the bag, which we opened to find a portable DVD player for Jacob. Such a generous gift, and we were stunned to find out that Henry was a boy who lost his battle with a rare form of anemia in 2002. The Hope for Henry organization, started by Henry's family, has given out hundreds of high-end electronic items to children facing life-threatening illnesses. We were overwhelmed by their generosity in our time of need.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hope for Henry's Summer Carnival is a Blast

Hundreds of patients played carnival games, ate ice cream sundaes and were wowed by magicians and balloon twisters at our annual summer carnival at Georgetown Hospital.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Superheroes at Work

This week, Hope for Henry held its annual superhero celebration at Georgetown Hospital where we honored the real heroes, the kids who fight for their lives every day.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hope for Henry Answers President Obama's Call to Service

To honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and President Obama's and the First Lady's call to service, on Monday, January 20, dozens of children in Washington, DC shopped for birthday party goodies and packed birthday parties-in-a-box so that hospitalized children can have wonderful birthday celebrations on their special day. These boxes are being delivered this week to two Ronald McDonald Houses in Philadelphia where we are offering It's Your Birthday from Hope for Henry.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Giving Back to Hope for Henry

Below is an inspirational story of one boy giving back to Hope for Henry as told by his wonderful mom. Matthew was assigned a "holiday" math assignment in school. They had to go on a holiday "shopping spree" in honor of a charity. The spree was obviously not real -- but was based on locating items and prices in catalogs, circulars, or magazines.

There were some ground rules:
(1) they had $1,000 to spend
(2) they had to include 7% sales tax (they've been studying decimals this year)
(3) they had to purchase 10-20 items (no more, no less)
(4) they had to spend at least $975.00; but no more than $1,000.00 (including tax).
(5) the items selected had to be appropriate for the charity selected; and
(6) they had to put together a report, including an introduction, cut and pasted pictures of the items and their prices, and a creative artwork cover (Matthew's front cover was in the shape and design of an iPod).

Matthew selected Hope for Henry as his charity and spent $978.72 on 15 items -- including an iPod, superhero toys, a digital camera, and a DVD player. He would not part with the final report, but his introduction and tally pages are featured on this site.

After completing this project, Matthew and I decided that it would be a wonderful holiday gift to make this "mock" shopping spree a reality. Accordingly, I have made an on-line donation of $979.00 in honor of Henry, Matthew's project, and your wonderful advice and wise words over the last few years. Matthew is hoping that some other kids will receive some wonderful gifts -- like the iPod that never leaves his side.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hope for Henry Holiday Party sponsored by Astra Zeneca

The Holiday Party at Georgetown Hospital yesterday brought Hope for Henry-style holiday cheer to the kids being treated by the hem/onc department.

The Washington, DC office of Astra Zeneca pharmaceuticals generously donated money and time to bring holiday movies; live entertainment, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Toy Soldier and carolers; and giftbags overflowing with toys, DVDs and candy to these pediatric patients spending their holidays in the hospital and the outpatient clinic.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This is what Hope for Henry is all about - birthdays and smiles!

Alicia's Journey with FA:

"Sunday was the best day ever. We had a little party for her and she was sooooooo happy. She Loved her Spongebob party (thanks Allen and Laurie) The Hope for Henry Foundation sent her a Birthday in a Box and they even sent her her very own first iPod downloaded with all sorts of Spongebob and Dora movies. She loves it!!!!!!"

Elan is a hip guy and he'll pull through

It is bittersweet to be able to turnaround and support our supporters. Mitch Arnowitz was an early Hope for Henry booster. Unfortunately, Mitch's son Elan has had to endure painful surgery and prolonged hospitalization and therapy to deal with his Perthes Disease. But as you'll see...

Elan is a hip guy and he’ll pull through.

Hope for Henry was pleased to present Elan with a new iPod filled with Hannah Montana, the Jonas Bros and Drake & Josh to keep him company as he finishes out the year at the Hackerman - Phatz residence for outpatients being treated in Baltimore.

We wish him and his family well.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Hope for Henry Foundation brings Carnival Day to HUMC
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, October 30 2008, 09:41 AM EDT

The Hope for Henry Foundation (HFHF) brought fun and games to patients of the Reuten Clinic within the DON IMUS-WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrows Children, as well as the inpatients of The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), by way of a carnival celebration.

HFHF knows it can be difficult for children undergoing treatment to attend events like carnivals or parties, so four times a year, the group brings the fun directly to the patients. This instance – Carnival Day – included many favorite summer activities of children, including jugglers, a photo booth, face painters, an assortment of carnival games, balloons, goody bags, candy, and spin art.

HFHF was established in 2003 to honor the legacy of Henry Strongin Goldberg, who died at the age of seven from Fanconi anemia, a rare, fatal genetic disease. HFHF improves the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by providing carefully chosen gifts and specially-designed programs to entertain and promote comfort, care, and recovery. HFHF has been serving patients at HUMC since 2005.

“We started the foundation as a tribute to Henry and how he’s remembered – which is for his playfulness, and sense of humor,” said Laurie Strongin, Henry’s mother and the founder of HFHF. “The attitude he took every day of his life, no matter what the circumstance, was ‘Hey, let’s just make it great.’ Even though he was a very sick little boy, he never acted like he was sick; he never thought of himself as sick.”

One of the patients at HUMC who enjoyed Carnival Day was 12-year-old Jake Healy, of Wanamassa, NJ, who had such a large amount of candy and prizes on top of the cabinet in the corner of his room that he couldn’t even keep track of how he won them all. “Carnival Day is great because it makes the day a lot more fun, and not so boring,” said Jake. “My favorite activity is spin art – it’s so cool!” Overall, Jake thought Carnival Day was great – just like Henry would’ve hoped.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HealthGrades® named HUMC as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2007 and 2008. This designation recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical quality over a seven-year time period, based upon an analysis of more than 75 million Medicare patient records from 1999-2006. These hospitals have achieved better survival rates and lower complication rates across dozens of medical procedures and diagnoses, fromcardiac care to orthopedic surgery, consistently ranking among the top five percent in the nation for overall clinical outcomes. HUMC is the only healthcare facility in New Jersey, New York, and New England to be named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals, for two years in a row. For more information, please visit the medical center’s website at

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Allen Nominated for GQ Man of the Year - Vote Today!

The Finalists

“Allen is someone making the world better for seriously ill children. This started when our son, Henry Strongin Goldberg, came into the world in 1995. Henry brought with him a winning smile, a zest for life, and a rare disease, Fanconi Anemia (FA). Allen then became a one-man make-a-wish foundation... Click for more info and to vote for Allen >

Mireille Pioppo Hope for Henry Pendant

The Hope for Henry Video - Watch Now!

Hope for Henry Video from Allen Goldberg on Vimeo.

Friday, September 19, 2008

If You Can’t Go to School, We’ll Bring School (at least the fun part) to You

As kids around the country prepared to go back to school, Hope for Henry treated 150 kids at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital to new school supplies, book bags filled with books and a room-to-room party featuring Elmo, storytellers, a magician and a team of caricaturists.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

On August 31, Hope for Henry took 175 patients and families from Georgetown Hospital to a Washington Nationals game. As you can see, we all had a wonderful time. A special thanks to Most Valuable Kids and the Washington Nationals for the tickets to the game.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bringing Sunshine to Hospitalized Kids

The Hope for Henry Summer Carnival was a huge success. The kids came to the hospital to see their doctors and left with arms filled with penny candy, carnival prizes, spin art creations and faces covered with smiles.