In 2002, seven-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 innovative programming into the hospital to entertain, reduce stress, and empower children to be active participants in their care. Full-time Certified Child Life Specialists help children and their families cope with the anxiety of serious illness, providing therapeutic activities, explaining diagnoses, and minimizing fears of surgical procedures or tests. Book events, spa days, visits from celebrities, carnivals, and birthday parties ensure that kids donít miss out on feeling like kids. A patient incentive program pays children in Hope for Henry Bucks to undergo radiation, chemotherapy, or other painful but necessary procedures (bucks are exchanged for gifts), thereby increasing adherence to medical tasks and helping kids get healthier, faster. You can help too.

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

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)


Budget (FY2016)

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

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