Jonathan was a quarterback on his football team. He played soccer and baseball. He came home from practice one day. His back hurt and he felt like he couldn’t walk. That’s when Keondra knew

Something was wrong.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016,
normal life stopped and their challenging journey began
— a journey that would test them physically, emotionally, and financially.

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Keondra waited in the hospital. Alone.
“I saw people walking back and forth. It was getting dark.” Finally, doctors told her they found a tumor on Jonathan’s spine. “I’m like — neuroblastoma What is that? When you hear the word “cancer,” you feel like someone is going to leave you.”
Keondra needed help. Shortly after Jonathan’s diagnosis, they received a Connor’s Heroes Backpack and Parent Tote and registered with Connor’s Heroes. Since then, Connor’s Heroes has helped Keondra and Jonathan every month for the past five years of his treatment.
Your donation to Connor’s Heroes will provide ongoing financial assistance and emotional support so a family never faces their child’s cancer alone.
Image of a teenager wearing a mask sitting next to his mom who is wearing a mask
Keondra waited in the hospital. Alone.
“I saw people walking back and forth. It was getting dark.” Finally, doctors told her they found a tumor on Jonathan’s spine. “I’m like — neuroblastoma What is that? When you hear the word “cancer,” you feel like someone is going to leave you.”
Keondra needed help. Shortly after Jonathan’s diagnosis, they received a Connor’s Heroes Backpack and Parent Tote and registered with Connor’s Heroes. Since then, Connor’s Heroes has helped Keondra and Jonathan every month for the past five years of his treatment.
Your donation to Connor’s Heroes will provide ongoing financial assistance and emotional support so a family never faces their child’s cancer alone.

After five years, Jonathan’s cancer journey is far from over.
And for the next child diagnosed,
the journey is just beginning.

Jonathan is now 14 years old and going to high school. His cancer has relapsed four times. Due to the complexities of his treatment, Keondra and Jonathan are traveling up and down the East Coast to several hospitals. Jonathan is currently in a clinical trial in New York City. Keondra said, “Without support from Connor’s Heroes, we couldn’t afford to travel for treatment.”

This year, assistance from Connor’s Heroes will help over 100 children who are in active treatment. When you donate, you become part of their community of heroes.

$1,000 GIFT

means a family can receive financial assistance when they have to travel outside of Richmond, Virginia for a specialized treatment or a clinical trial.

$500 GIFT

can fill a Heroes Bag and Backpack with crafts, games, personal items and, best of all, an iPad.

$250 GIFT

can make a child’s hospital room on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit feel more like home. When Jonathan was in the BMT unit, volunteers decorated his room with holiday lights, pillows, and posters.

$100 GIFT

can help a family with groceries or gas. Once a month, Keondra receives a grocery gift card with an encouraging note.

$50 GIFT

can send a Family Fun Pack right to a child’s doorstep. Inside is everything a family needs for a fun night playing board games or watching a movie.

A message from Celia Tetlow Martin, Executive Director, Connor’s Heroes:

You play a critical role in Jonathan’s cancer journey and are a part of his future. Thank you for your past support of Connor’s Heroes. You have touched the life of a hero family. Today, I ask you to make a gift to help us do even more.

You can make sure the next hero family receives financial assistance when they need it the most, and emotional support through every personal note, email, phone call, and visit. As we recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, make your donation by Thursday, September 30, so a family will never face their child’s cancer alone. You can assure Jonathan that Connor’s Heroes will continue to be by his side.

You can be the hero all of our families need right now. Thank you!

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