Heroes for Children’s Milestones Program is a unique initiative to help families with a child battling cancer celebrate life’s special occasions. Most of these families are struggling financially and a graduation party or celebration of life would not be a option for them if we didn’t have this program.
Celebrations have included:
- First Communions
- Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
- Celebrations of Life
Heroes for children has provided everything from food and beverage, entertainment, outfits, decorations, venues, gifts and more for these special occasions.
To help us make these dreams come true, please designate your gift to the Milestones Program in the memo field.
We rely on volunteers and sponsors to make these events possible. If you are interested in helping or to learn more about the Milestones Program please contact Christina Richardson at 214-256-5824 x6.
Sarena and Tyler will receive the wedding they’ve always wished for with the help of Heroes for Children’s Milestone Program. The nonprofit secured donations from vendors to provide flowers, centerpieces, DJ, catering, invitations, guestbook, wedding gown, wedding and groom’s cakes, candy bar, photography, makeup, limo, videographer, the groom’s tux and much more.
Watauga resident, Sarena Saad was a hardworking college student at the University of North Texas, balancing a full-time job and full-time course schedule, when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on Feb. 25, 2015. She was forced to drop out of school and quit her job to begin 17 weeks of chemotherapy. This was followed by limb salvage surgery and another 12 weeks of chemotherapy. She received her last dose of chemotherapy in late November and was deemed cancer free on Nov. 13, 2015.
Sarena slowly began picking up where she left off at school and work. Two months later, in January, she relapsed – the cancer had spread from her wrist into her lungs. After five rounds of chemotherapy, the tumors in her lungs continued to progress. In July, her doctor said that because she had so many new tumors, and because they had grown exponentially, she was considered untreatable and was given 3-12 months to live.
Throughout Sarena’s battle with cancer, her high school sweetheart Tyler has stood by her side. “I’ve realized how lucky I am for having an amazing boyfriend who stuck by my side through the entire thing. Wiping away my tears, massaging my tired muscles, helping me paint my nails and braid my wig, giving me pedicures, spending the entire summer at the hospital sleeping on a couch, not leaving me even though I slept almost the entire day, packing my bags, driving me everywhere, and loving me through everything,” she says.
The couple had always planned on getting married upon completing college. After hearing that Sarena’s cancer had taken over her lungs and that she would soon begin the transition into hospice care, they decided to expedite their wedding plans to ensure their time together. The couple is set to wed in Fort Worth on Sept. 17. Because the wedding is happening sooner than they expected, Sarena and Tyler reached out to Heroes for Children.
Even with the outpouring of support from vendors and donors, HFC is dedicated to ensuring every detail is provided for this couple. Current needs include:
- Reception Costs
If you are interested in helping with Sarena’s Milestone, please contact Christina Richardson for more information.
Heroes for Children has the opportunity to fulfill many more Milestone celebrations for Texas children who are fighting the fight of their life with additional funding. Please designate your gift to the Milestones Program.