Meet Anna

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Anna Lesher is nine months old and was diagnosed with infant ALL in January 2018. To keep mom by Anna’s side and allow dad to care for their other four children, the CMHF is paying the Lesher family’s mortgage for five months while Anna undergoes treatment at CHOP. The family writes, “We are so grateful for the help the from the Conner M. Holland Foundation. Time to spend with our children instead of worrying over getting the extra time in at work or doing extra to save money, that is invaluable. To be able to focus on our daughter and our other children at this time is an amazing gift and we are very thankful to you for helping our family. I am ever so grateful and this is a beautiful way to honor Conner by helping other families.”

 

Anna getting a smooch from her big sister Sarah.

 

OUR IMPACT SINCE 2012

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An honor to say the least

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Sheryl speaking at the 2018 Hope Gala.

On March 10th, Sheryl Holland graciously accepted the 2018 Leah Still Award for Courage at the Hope Gala in New York City. This incredible honor is awarded to those who have been personally affected by cancer, shown perseverance in the face of adversity, and used their experience to raise awareness and give back to the cancer community through personal or professional efforts.

Since 2012, the Conner M. Holland Foundation has provided over $126,000 in financial assistance, with $20,000 ready and waiting for future families in need. We have provided over 9,300 pairs of pajamas to children in hospitals all over the country through Conner’s Comfy PJ’s, and we are looking to expand this year by helping bereaved parents with financial struggles after losing a child to cancer.

We could not have done this without the generous support of our donors. It is because of you that we can help these families and honor Conner’s legacy. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and hope you will remain by our side as we continue to grow!

The 2018 Leah Still Award for Courage.

Attending the event was New York Jets Quarterback, Christian Heckenberg. Seen here posing with the Conner band.

Sheryl was accompanied by her sister, Krista Showalter.

 

 

A New Year, A New Beginning

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Over the last 5 years, the Conner M. Holland Foundation has offered financial assistance to 27 families in south eastern PA and delivered 5000+ pair of PJs to children at 8 separate pediatric hospitals across the country. We are proud of the contributions made to members of our community, as grant recipients have often told us how these financial gifts have eased the challenges of caring for sick children. These programs were developed and managed by a 100% volunteer staff, and as our organization grew we faced an important question: do we continue to follow our current path, or do we branch out in new ways in an effort to grow? We felt strongly that in order to continue helping families affected by pediatric cancer, we needed to make an investment in a passionate leader to expand our reach.

It is with great excitement that we introduce our new Executive Director, Rebecca Stanion.

Rebecca is a perfect fit for our organization. She is passionate about providing assistance to families experiencing a hardship and she has experience and a proven track-record in organizing successful fundraising events. Her enthusiasm, dedication, attention to detail and ability to motivate and engage members of the community makes her the ideal person to serve as our first Executive Director.

With Rebecca’s drive and passion, we expect to give assistance to even more families than ever before.

From One of Our Families: Jeremiah Brown

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We recently had the pleasure of talking with Jeremiah Brown and his family, who were kind enough to share their experiences with pediatric cancer…

Jeremiah Brown

Jeremiah with his girlfriend, Alexa

“As a parent, many times we feel we can juggle life and all the things it throws at us.  We handle the scrapes and bruises, and we even manage the broken bones and stomach flus. Yet when life through unfortunate events throws your life into a tailspin of doctor’s tests and hospital beds with that simple word of cancer, you think, ‘How will I be able to handle this?’ You have no choice but to keep moving along, though you feel completely unqualified. Then in the middle of all this, there are those special people that reach into your world and shine hope. The Conner M. Holland Foundation did just this to our family, when we were fighting my son’s leukemia, many offered help but the Holland’s were there to help in real ways.

Today, our son is in remission, and he is currently enrolled in the Pre-PT program at Messiah College. His idea is to one day help kids just like he was fight the effects of cancer treatment. The help the Foundation gave us in rent and fuel oil allowed us to breathe a little bit in times of running between home and the hospital room that Jeremiah spent months in while he underwent a transplant. Today, as Jeremiah continues to undergo treatment for the side effects from his treatment, we know that it was people like you that support this Foundation and others like it that really have stood with us in his battle. Thank you!”