We started with… a mentor

We started with a… mentor. Here's Barbara, mom to Jamie Hess, setting up for the 2016 Heroes Art Ball. I look at this photo and remember how important Barbara and her husband Fred were to Connor's Heroes when we began. They asked us to reach out to the pediatric patients who were isolated on the bone marrow transplant unit. Because of their suggestion, for more than 10 years, our volunteers have decorated the rooms of any child on the BMT Unit and we created the Room of Possibilities family room on the Unit. Barbara and Fred encouraged us as we worked with VCU Massey Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU on funding for pediatric cancer research. Today, the Jamie Hess Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Research Fund and Connor’s Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund are the only ones in Richmond dedicated to supporting ground-breaking research in childhood cancer. We are lucky to have Barbara and Fred as our #HeroesofRVA.