HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope is a powerful medicine.
September 2001 HopeKids was founded in Phoenix, Arizona
November 2006 Minnesota Chapter Established
May 2013 North Texas Chapter Established
February 2016 Colorado Chapter Established
March 2017 Kansas City Chapter Established
March 2019 Middle Tennessee Chapter Established
"I have been a monthly contributor to HopeKids since I first learned of the organization. I have
several friends who have children with special needs, have faced childhood cancer or other
medical conditions, so I'm intimately aware of some of the smaller challenges that these families
face. Often, their finances are devoured by the cost of accommodations and/or treatments, their
invisible load is always too heavy, and the opportunity to participate in a fun activity that
most of us take for granted can have a lasting positive and restorative impact on their
whole family - especially when they don't have to plan the event or pay for it! Knowing that I can
help provide that for families month after month brings me joy!"
- Brooke, Hope365 Monthly Donor
"Serving the HopeKids community is hands-down some of the most rewarding work that I do as
a photographer. I love having the opportunity to pour love and joy into these families. One of my
favorite aspects is that the 'pouring' can look very different within the family. It can be giving a
HopeKid some confidence in their appearance during the shoot, spending an extra few minutes
on a sibling that sometimes feels over-shadowed, or when Mom opens their gallery of images
and falls in love with their photos. I believe that the goal is not just pretty family pictures. The goal is to provide the entire family with a stress-free and joyful family portrait experience!"
- Stephanie, Stephanie Fassler Photography, Program Partner
Tabatha met Lindsey, Lily's mom, after introducing herself in the HopeKids family forum online.
After chatting, they discovered that their daughters both were similar in age and both had cancer.
Lily's hair was starting to grow back and Raven had just lost hers. They pointed to each other's
heads and hugged. The girls had an instant bond. Tabatha and Lindsey are convinced that their
girls will be friends for life and are so thankful for the sense of community that HopeKids
fostered. Through the online family forum and now attending events together, these two moms
support each other through this journey with their daughters. Tabatha explains how valuable it is
for both of them to have someone who "gets it."
"My 7 year-old grandson, Bentley, was born at 31 weeks with multiple complications, several of
which have been life-threatening. I cannot say enough about how HopeKids has helped Bently and his family feel less isolated, more vibrant and a part of the community. It gives them comfort,
recognition, compassion, and encouragement when most of the world quickly passes by or, worse yet, stares."
- Ward, Donor
"HopeKids has given our family opportunities to take Miela on adventures that make us feel
comfortable and safe. HopeKids has also afforded us the opportunity to take all five family
members to a unique range of events that we normally wouldn't be budgeting. We are so
grateful for these adventures."
- Carie, Miela's mom