In 2002, seven-year-old Henry Strongin Goldberg lost his battle against a rare genetic disease. In his memory, his parents created Hope for Henry, which brings innovative programming into hospitals to improve the experience for children and adolescents. Full-time Certified Child Life Specialists help them and their families cope with the anxiety of serious illness, providing therapeutic activities, explaining diagnoses, and minimizing fears. A patient incentive program gives kids Hope for Henry Bucks to undergo radiation, chemotherapy, or other painful but necessary procedures (bucks are exchanged for gifts) and Super Rewards for Super Kids rewards them for completing 14 scary but necessary medical procedures like MRIs, lumbar punctures, and IV placements. The program has already served 65,000 kids and is decreasing anxiety, reducing reliance on sedation, and, quite simply, making life better for children who are having a harder time than they should.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 3
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide
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: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- Number of children and families we have served:
Awards & Recognition
JWI Jewish Women to Watch Award (2018)
Capital One Bank Community Champions Award (2017)
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)
- Help and Hope Happen Here
Thu May 19 2022, Help and Hope Happen Here: A Pediatric Podcast
In-depth interview with Host Mark Levine that explores Hope for Henry's origins, expansion, and impact.
- Hope for Henry Reinventing the Pediatric Patient Experience The Truman Charities Podcast: A Philanthropists Guide To Charitable Organizations
Wed Mar 30 2022, Truman Charities Podcast
Host Jamie Truman interviews Hope for Henry Founder Laurie Strongin about the nonprofit's impact on the pediatric patient experience
- Hope for Henry Foundation brings joy to its 10,000th pediatric patient
Wed Dec 15 2021, Let's Talk DC
Hope for Henry has served 10,000 patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital since the program's launch in 2004.
- Economics + psychology + superheroes = revolutionary treatment for really sick kids
Mon Nov 1 2021, ABC News Spotlight on America
An innovative D.C. program is using incentives and gifts to transform the hospital experience for children
- Using behavioral economics to boost pediatric adherence
Sun Aug 8 2021, Healthcare IT News
A director at Hope for Henry will offer compassionate strategies for adherence-based programming
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