You are NOT Alone!
Our Mission is to offer love and support to family suffering through the extreme hardships of caring for a critically ill child. We believe that there are a lot of really good people in this world who are willing to open their Hearts to people in need. No matter how dark things get; this love from your fellow human beings is a reason to have Hope for the future. Sometimes when you are in the middle of a very difficult situation like caring for a critically ill child this can be hard to remember. We want everyone in this situation to know that they are NOT alone during these trying times, we want to open our Hearts to them and give them an outpouring of Hope in mankind.
Hearts of Hope Network
Tony’s Hugs is the flagship program of the Hearts of Hope Network. This program celebrates the life of Tony Stickels by offering tangible gifts “Hugs” of Hope for families that are suffering through extreme hardship or tragedy in caring for a critically ill child.
At Hearts of Hope Network, our motto is: “You are NOT Alone”. As part of living that motto, we have established the I Can Help Network. This is a network of organizations, business, and churches that have signed up in our database as people willing to help families going through a family tragedy. Our database connects people in need with people willing to help.
Charity Fund & Support
Of course, to provide these services we need funding. We have created several ways for you to assist and show your support. Amongst these are:
- Individual one-time donations (receive a branded gift)
- Individual recurring donations (receive a branded gift)
- In leu of gifts campaign
- Corporate sponsorships
Employee/customer campaigns (with or without company match)
Apply for Aid
If you or someone you know are supporting a critically ill child, the first step in applying for aid is to fill out a simple form. Tell us a little about the situation and we will get in touch with you for more information.
What We Do
Quite simply, we support families by offering them Hope in the kindness of humanity when they run into difficulties due to extreme hardships related to caring for a critically ill child. We know how difficult these situations can be and how straining they can be on relationships.
We cannot “solve” the problems, but we feel strongly that sometimes just showing your Heart and being there for someone can make the situation a little more tolerable. We want to let them know the world is still a beautiful, Hopeful place; full of generous, loving people.
We do not have a one-size-fits-all giving model. Every situation is different, and every family’s needs are different. To that end, our strategy is to connect a Hearts of Hope Network assistance coordinator with the family and/or friends, who are requesting our help for a family in need. This coordinator will work with the applicant to determine those needs and where we can best assist. We will then either help them directly or link them to the Hearts of Hope Network members in their area to provide them with that assistance.
Stories to Inspire
Often times, people going through critical illness with a family member find Hope, inspiration and a sense of community by reading about others’ experiences. Here are the stories of Hope within the Hearts of Hope community.
"Enzo, at 22 months, started to have daily fevers. We couldn’t figure out why, and neither could the doctors. Eventually, after hospital stays and many pediatrician appointments, they ordered a bone marrow biopsy. The results quickly showed us that...
Four year old Luna has cancerous brain tumors and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The type of tumor she has is called Ependymoma, between a stage 2-3. This type of tumor mostly occurs in young children, and can form in the brain...
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
Do you have a question or story to share with us? Would you like to find out how you can be involved with Hearts of Hope Network or any of our programs? Use the contact form below to send us a message, and we will be in touch soon.