Pediatric Patients Enjoy Summer Carnival

Hope for Henry Sponsors Annual Event at Lombardi

July 10, 2009

An entertainer at the summer carnival.
An entertainer at the summer carnival.

Summer can be especially difficult for kids fighting cancer. When their friends go off to camp, they are left waiting in hospitals to receive care. While on treatment, their immune systems may be compromised, so patients are often unable to attend birthday parties or go to crowded public places such as movies or amusement parks.

But on June 24, 2009 the sun was shining and music was blasting at the Hope For Henry Foundation Annual Summer Carnival. Patients with painted faces held balloons, played ring toss, and smiled as they watched a man on stilts spin plates. Their parents and siblings were also invited to join in the fun, which was held just outside of the Lombardi clinic.

The Hope for Henry Foundation strives to bring fun and normalcy back to the lives of children coping with life-threatening illnesses, right in the hospitals where they receive care. The Hope for Henry Foundation was established by Laurie Strongin, MSW, and Allen Goldberg, parents of Henry Goldberg, who lost his fight with Fanconi anemia – a rare hematologic disorder - seven years ago. Their motto is “Live well and Laugh Hard.”

“While we struggle to cope with Henry’s premature death, he is alive and well in our hearts and minds, and every day we strive to be true to the lessons he taught us about the importance of family, friends, love, courage and laughter,” said Laurie.

The Summer Carnival is one of many annual celebrations put on by The Hope for Henry Foundation. Other events held throughout the year include a Superhero Party, a Halloween Party and even a couple Harry Potter Book Release Parties.



Author: Claire Cushman