In 2002, 7-year-old Henry Strongin Goldberg lost his battle against Fanconi anemia, a genetic disease that leads to bone marrow failure. In his memory, his parents created Hope for Henry, which brings laughter, energy, and hope into the lives of children who are fighting serious illnesses. Many children with blood diseases and cancer are immune-compromised and cannot enjoy the programs that hospitals offer other pediatric parents. That is where Hope for Henry comes in. Fun Packs help children feel at home at the hospital, and offer distraction from painful procedures with iPads, cameras, games, arts and crafts, and toys. Book signings with children’s authors, spa days, visits from celebrities, carnivals, and personalized birthday parties (complete with cupcakes and balloons) ensure that kids don’t miss out on feeling like kids. These diseases often necessitate long stays, and Hope for Henry gives young patients positive associations with their hospital and doctors. In the words of one child: “It feels good to know that people you don't even know still care."

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we have served:   18,000

Awards & Recognition

EXCEL Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, Center for Nonprofit Advancement (2016)
Flame of Hope Award, Georgetown Pediatrics (2015)
Chairman's Award, Children's National Medical Center (2013)
"Heroes Among Us," People Magazine (2015)
Star for Children Award, Children's Charities Foundation (2013)
Author, Saving Henry (Hyperion, 2010)
Contributing Author, The Story Within (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)
Winner, WJLA-TV Toyota Tribute to Working Women Award (2005)


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Hope for Henry Foundation is: Less than $500k

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