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Return of Heroes Art Sessions

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Sunday, July 18, 2021, was a special day. It was the return of our much-loved and much-missed HEROES ART SESSIONS! After almost a year and a half apart, dozens of childhood cancer heroes, siblings, artists, and volunteers spent the afternoon with the Connor’s Heroes Team.

We were thrilled to be back at the Visual Arts Center. They love sharing art and creativity with children. Especially since so many children did not have art classes this past school year. The kids didn’t miss a beat. Our hero families walked in to a studio set up with tables of collaborative, creative art projects. Richmond artist Nancy Jacey, CHF Board Member Tammy Griffin, childhood cancer hero Emily and her sister Katelyn encouraged our young artists as they painted, colored, glued, and bedazzled paper crabs, ice cream cones, and butterflies.

What could make a summer event even better? How about a cool treat. During the Heroes Art Session, the Kona Ice Truck rolled up into the Visual Arts parking lot. Our hero families enjoyed their favorite flavors of shaved ice from cotton candy, lucky lime, and Kona’s special Tiger Blood?! We look forward to hosting Heroes Art Session every month with more hero families and artists. (Our hero families’ health is top of mind, so we will continue to follow Virginia and CDC guidelines.)

Celia, Erin, Anne-Randolph & Ceci want to thank you for being our biggest cheerleaders. It is because of YOU — our community of heroes — that we had the resources to bring back our monthly heroes art sessions as soon as it was safe to do so.

“THANK YOU” from all of our Art Session Heroes: *Aubrey, Lucy, *Zuri, Sofia, Mason, *Javier, Alex, *Gabby, *Everett, *Emory, *Sydney, *Kennedy, and Adam

*Childhood Cancer Hero

You can see photos from our last Heroes Art Session in February 2020: https://www.connorsheroes.org/february-heroes-art-session/


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Burger Bach Gives Bach

Burger Bach (select locations) Give Bach for July Burger Of The Month
DATES: July 1 – 31, 2021
LOCATIONS
: Select locations
Durham: 737 9th St Durham, NC
Midlothian: 101 Heaths Way Road, Midlothian, VA
Short Pump: 2225 Old Brick Rd, Glen Allen, VA
Charlottesville: 2050 Bond Street, Charlottesville, VA
EVENT DETAILS: Burger Bach crafted a delicious burger for July. The Mango Pepper Party is loaded with lettuce, bacon, pepper jack cheese, our house made chipotle cilantro sauce, and Bach mango salsa! For each burger of the month sold, Burger Bach will donate $1 to Connor’s Heroes.


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Connor's Heroes Moved

Connor’s Heroes is now in the city at 1840 W. Broad Street, at the corner of Meadow Street and Hermitage Road. We love our new space because it is in a prime location closer to the hospital. Erin, Celia & Anne-Randolph can zip downtown and see our hero families who are in clinic or the hospital. We have plenty of parking for our volunteers, board members and visitors. We look forward to welcoming you to our new location.

Put our new address in your contacts:
1840 W. Broad Street, Suite 300, Richmond VA 23220
(804) 897-1272

You can find a staff directly on the CONTACT US page of our website.

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Family Events Return!

Connor’s Heroes kicked off summer with our first family event in such a long time. What a joy it was seeing hero families meeting other hero families. Our little heroes and siblings ran around together, playing corn hole, blowing bubbles and flying kites. Our team met families we are helping since their child’s diagnosis. Carrie, Tammy, Laura and Lisa from our Board Of Directors came out too. Tammy and Lisa talked with parents about their experiences as moms to brave childhood cancer heroes. Tammy’s daughter Emily was in treatment for a brain tumor. Lisa is mom to our namesake: Connor of Connor’s Heroes.

This event marks the return of family-fun events hosted by Connor’s Heroes.

“I still am smiling after spending Thursday afternoon with these amazing families. We can’t wait to host more events for our hero families. We are already preparing to safely bring back our signature Art Sessions at the Visual Arts Center this summer!” said Celia Tetlow Martin, Executive Director.

Kudos to Anne-Randolph, our new Program Coordinator. She thought about every little detail and made our celebration as safe as possible!! Thank you to Hardywood West for providing us with a great, wide-open space to host the event. King of Pops and Christopher’s Runaway Gourmet always are a hit with our families. And a big thank you to our supporters whose gifts made these special memories possible for our hero families.


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Board Resumes In-Person Meetings

After over a year of meeting on Zoom, Connor’s Heroes Board of Directors finally (and safely) met in-person! Board Chair, Laura Markley, hosted the June Board Meeting on her back porch. The best part of the meeting was our Mission Moment. Celia shared stories of gratitude and hope from families who rely on Connor’s Heroes support throughout their childhood cancer journey.

❝The Board didn’t miss a beat when we switched to virtual meetings, but it just wasn’t the same as sitting around one big table together. At the start of the pandemic, the Board recognized our hero families need us now more than ever before. They were laser-focused on providing our families with the highest level of financial support in the organization’s history! I was thrilled to be able to thank our amazing board in person for all of the energy they poor into Connor’s Heroes every single day.❞
— Celia Martin, Executive Director

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Today's Helping Hero: Trinity's Game Drive

Today’s Helping Hero is high school senior, Izzy. Izzy has been volunteering for Connor’s Heroes for many years. She recently hosted a Game Drive at her high school, Trinity. She and her friends were giddy with excitement when they dropped off boxes full of games to include in our Family Fun Packs. We can’t wait to send them to a child or teen who is in need of a pick me up!

Connor’s Heroes has opportunities for teens and children to volunteer and fundraise for our childhood cancer heroes. This summer, your child can join our Jr. Hero Squad. Or host a Family Fun Pack drive at the pool or summer camp. Check out all the opportunities at Ways to Give here on our website or email anne-randolph@connorsheroes.org

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Today's Helping Hero: Erica & Matt

Today’s Helping Heroes are Erica and Matt: a wonderful couple who turned their wedding day into a giving day. They asked their wedding guests to donate to their favorite organizations instead of purchasing gifts. Erica has been a longtime volunteer and supporter of Connor’s Heroes and we were so grateful she chose us to receive these special gifts. Erica said:

“Our wedding was a reason to support the amazing work you do for the brave children who are treatment.”

If you have a special event coming up (like a birthday, anniversary, wedding day), you can turn your special day into a giving day. Email ceci@connorsheroes to learn how.

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Picture Credit: Jason Collins Photography

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The Abandoned Tour

Local photographer John Plashal will guide a group of 20 for a private tour of four unique local landmarks:
Swannanoa Palace, Hamilton High School, Belmead-on-the-James plantation, and St. Francis de Sales High School for African American girls.

This is a VIP, special access tour paired with a narrative that will deepen your appreciation for these incredibly beautiful properties, which are not currently open to the public.

DATE: Saturday, June 12, 2021
PRICE: $150 per person
TICKETS: Secure your spot by contacting Leah Ball at hears2leah@gmail.com
LOCATION: various locations in/around Richmond area

This event is brought to you by Team Callen. Team Callen is a group of friends and family of Callen. Callen is bravely battling cancer and is one of the many families supported by Connor’s Heroes. Your ticket will support the mission of Connor’s Heroes.

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The Ruins of Presidents Park

Credit: John Plashal Photo

Experience the ruins of the renowned decaying Presidential sculptures at Presidents Park.

Presidents Park was an outdoor ten-acre sculpture park with 20-foot tall busts of the presidents of the United States from George Washington to George W. Bush. The park was opened from 2004 – 2010. The 42 giant heads have sat tucked away on a farm, which is private property and not open to tourists. Until now. On July 3 and 4, the property owner will allow people on the site. If you are a photographer, videographer, or drone photographer, this is your opportunity to photograph these internationally renowned decaying Presidential sculptures. TICKETS ARE LIMITED.

DATE: Saturday, July 3, 2021 (two-hour tours throughout the day) and Sunday, July 4, 2021
PRICE: $9.00 youth, $23 general, $59 VIP
TICKETS: online on www.johnplashalphoto.com (You will see multiple tours listed. You can scroll down to see the July 3 & 4th tours benefitting Connor’s Heroes)
LOCATION: Williamsburg VA (you will receive an email with the exact location and parking after you register)

Proceeds from your ticket will benefit Connor’s Heroes.
www.johnplashalphoto.com

The popular travel blog, Atlas Obscura, featured Presidents Park. Read the article here: [LINK]

This event is brought to you by Team Callen. Team Callen is a group of friends and family of Callen. Callen is bravely battling cancer and is one of the many families supported by Connor’s Heroes. Your ticket will support the mission of Connor’s Heroes. To learn more about Callen and Connor’s Heroes, you can read his story posted on our website.


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7.4k on July 4 in Brandermill

Brandermill 7.4k presented by the Brandermill Community Association

DATE: Sunday, July 4, 2021
Start Time: 7:30am EDT
End Time: 10:00am EDT
PRICE: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.74 SignUp Fee
REGISTRATION: through July 1: runsignup.com/Race/VA/Midlothian/Brandermill74k
LOCATION: Clover Hill High School, 13301 Kelly Green Ln, Midlothian VA 23112
EVENT DETAILS: Brandermill 7.4k or Facebook
Race open to runners of all ages. You can register online through July 1.

The Brandermill 7.4k is a walk or run through the neighborhoods of the Brandermill Community in the Swift Creek area of Chesterfield. Proceeds from the race will benefit Connor’s Heroes Foundation.

For sponsorship information, visit: http://www.brandermillrace.com/sponsors.html
If you are interested in being a sponsor, email the Race Director at greg.epps@gmail.com

2019 Brandermill 7.4k for Connors Heroes