Companies reach out to CHF by holding charity and supply drives

Almost every week since Thanksgiving, an organization called our office to say they were hosting a benefit for CHF!  We've had an amazing outpouring of generosity with in-kind donations as well as financial contributions. Here's how they supported our Hero families:

  • American Tap Room picked Connor's Heroes as their first charity partner as they opened their first location in Richmond. Lisa, Steve, Emily and Connor invited their friends to join them for a meal in support of CHF. Lisa even rescheduled CHF's board meeting so the board could enjoy the Tap Room's new menu together. American Tap Room presented CHF with a check for $1,300.
  • MassMutual presented CHF with a check for $2,000 as the beneficiary of their "Pearls of Wisdom" seminar.
  • Richmond Claims Association members in Richmond held a backpack supply drive. They collected bikes, games, toys, and stuffed animals, plus they raised over $800 in cash and gift cards!
  • Top Notch Cheer & Gym asked all of their teams to collect donations and they delivered box upon box of wonderful gifts for our Heroes.
  • The Hurtubise Family threw their annual Christmas party and collected tons of gifts and donations to spread some cheer for our families.
  • The Accounting Department at McGuire Woods, for the third year in a row, adopted one of our families for Christmas, showering them with presents.
  • Last, but not least, RVA's music scene showed their support. Punks 4 Presents is a showcase of RVA's best punk bands happening at venues over town. Last year Punks for Presents raised over $5,000 for CHF. This year they hope to double it! 

If you'd like to organize a drive for CHF, call Erin at (804) 897-1272. Thanks for all the love, RVA!

Save the Date—Friday May 16, 2014—for the Heroes Art Ball

As you open up a new calendar for 2014, add this date in May!
Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Science Museum of Virginia

The Heroes Art Ball is Connor's Heroes signature fund raising event. Over 100 businesses and 300 people attend this one remarkable night. Everyone enjoys meeting the children of Connor's Heroes and bidding on their beautiful pieces of art. This one night raises 20% of our programming budget.

Interested in being a sponsor? We have sponsor levels ranging from $500 to $10,000. Contact or (804) 897-1272.

Celebrating A Milestone in Treating Pediatric Cancer!

To celebrate the naming of the Connor's Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund, Lisa, Steve, Connor and Emily gathered with the board members, supporters and doctors who are dedicating themselves to raising funds for research. It was a time to reflect on the successes of Connor's Heroes -- We have supported over 700 families as they navigate the world of childhood cancer. The Heroes Art Ball raised over $65,0000 this year. We worked with the VCU Massey Cancer Center to raise the money needed to support research by an endowed chair in pediatric oncology - $480,000 so far!  The Board committed themselves to raise at least $100,000 more by 2018. You can help by making a tax deductible donation before the year's end. You can make a one-time contribution or commit to automatically donating every month. You can donate on our secure website

Eat, Drink and Fight Pediatric Cancer on December 11th

Come to the American Tap Room at The Shops at Willow Lawn on December 11th. Enjoy a meal as you raise money for Connor's Heroes! On December 11th, the American Tap Room will donate 10% of all proceeds to Connor's Heroes.  Connor's Heroes' Board of Directors are planning a working dinner at ATR. Stop by and say "hello" if you see them. 
You must tell your server that you are dining in support of Connor's Heroes. For more information about Richmond's newest restaurant, visit

Growing Up With Connor and Connor’s Heroes!

It's hard to believe that the little boy on the poster is now a healthy, middle school student. Yes, standing to the left of the poster is Connor with his parents, Lisa and Steve, and sister Emily. Connor's Heroes has grown as much as Connor! The organization has supported over 700 families. The Connor’s Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund has over $480,000 to fund research of pediatric cancer. The Heroes Art Ball raised over $65,000 this year. The Goodwin family committed themselves to making sure every child being treated for cancer in Richmond has the opportunity to receive a Heroes backpack and support from its volunteers. Because they experienced cancer within their own family, they understood the anxiety, stress and hope families feel when they receive the diagnosis. You can help Connor's Heroes reach more families by making a donation before the year's end. Your donation will fund our signature programs such as the Heroes Backpacks, Parent Gift Bags, Superhero and Sidekicks, and Bone Marrow Transplant Room Decorations.  You can also designate your donation for The Connor's Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund.  Simply click here to donate.

Thank you for helping Connor's Heroes grow!

Volunteers rally to decorate rooms of three children who were starting bone marrow transplants

We couldn't believe it - in one week three children were being admitted to the Bone Marrow Unit for treatment. Three families were preparing to live the next weeks (maybe months) in the hospital as their children receive bone marrow transplants. Connor's Heroes volunteers rallied for these kids! They hit the party stores to buy decorations and spent evenings getting the rooms ready. It was an amazing team effort. We are grateful for all our volunteers. They laugh, cry, listen and smile with our patients' families. If you know a Connor's Heroes volunteer, say thank you. Find out how they helped a family. It may inspire you to do the same. To learn more or to volunteer, visit

Support Kim As She Runs to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Connor’s Heroes' board member, Kim MacLeod, pledged to raise $5,000 for Connor's Heroes by running not one, not two, but three marathons! WOW - that equals 78.65625 miles to be exact. That's the equivalent of running from Richmond to Hampton! If you'd rather not run to Hampton, you can support her by making a donation at her personal fundraising page. Last month, Connor's mom and dad, several board members and their friends and colleagues ran the Amazing Raise 5K. Running by their sides were Connor and his buddies. If you are interested in running to raise money for Connor's Heroes, please contact

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Heroes Art Sessions FAQs

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Heroes Art Sessions FAQs

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When and where are the art sessions?

The 2022 art session dates are listed below. Each session is held from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the Visual Art Center of Richmond. Art Session sign ups are emailed out a few weeks in advance. Feel free to come to more than one session if you are able. Contact Anne-Randolph at if you have any questions. 

  • Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Sunday, March 12, 2023
  • Sunday, April 2, 2023

Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 W Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
*street parking and additional parking available in the lot in the back of the building.

Image girl wearing a apron saying Be A Hero and painting a picture in an art studio

Does my child need to be artistic to participate?

Artistic ability not required – because our amazing volunteers and artists will help them figure it out.  They will have fun, express themselves artistically, and get to spend time with other kids who understand what they’re going through.

What happens at an art session?

Each art session is packed with several different types of art projects. Depending on which artists attend, the medium may vary from painting, sewing, clay, watercolors, pastels, and more. Each child can move from one art station to the next to ensure they can participate in all projects.  We typically have at the end of the session a yummy treat like Kona Ice Truck. Click here to see photos from our Heroes Art Sessions.

Can my child take home the art they create?

Sometimes! Each session there will be at least one piece your child can take home with them. So what happens to the collaborative pieces they worked on? These art pieces are later auctioned off at Connor’s Heroes largest fundraiser of the year, The Heroes Art Ball. The beauty of these pieces is that so many creative hands had a part in making the masterpiece come to life.

2019 Heroes Art Ball

What is the Heroes Art Ball?

It’s an evening celebrating our hero families, full of music, great food, dancing, a silent auction – all supporting the work of Connor’s Heroes. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports all of our programs. The main event is the live auction of art created by our Heroes who are in active treatment and their siblings with help from local, professional artists. Each collaborative piece expresses the emotions of being a child with cancer and the hope for a better future. If you are interested in learning more about the Heroes Art Ball, reach out to Erin at

Click this link to watch this video from a Heroes Art Session in 2019.

Contact Us

(804) 897-1272
Erin Gardner, Program Director
Anne-Randolph Carter, Program Coordinator

We continue to monitor and follow all CDC recommendations for COVID. All Connor’s Heroes staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated.