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Our Mission

Harlan's Heroes is dedicated to spread awareness and aid those affected by pediatric cancer, with an emphasis on recurring and terminal brain cancer.  Our mission is to provide the entire family with help, hope and care.

So much is available for patients and families at the time of "original" diagnosis; grants, gift cards, toys, etc. Unfortunately, when a patient relapses many foundations come up empty handed for the child and family. Harlan's Heroes' goal is to ease some of the burdens that only a select few know and understand that accompany with relapse and terminal illness.

Harlan’s Heroes provides "give backs" for individuals once approved through an application screening process.  These give backs are not predetermined, but are instead customizable to the child and family’s needs.  Every effort is made to help children and families create lasting memories without the concern of daily living expenses.

Harlan's Heroes is not limited to individual "give backs."  We strive to give back to the oncology children and families on all levels through different events at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital and St. Jude Affiliated Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital.  These two facilities have a very special place in our hearts as this is where Harlan was treated during his battle.

Harlan’s Heroes is 100% volunteer based.  ALL funds raised benefit the children and families we serve.

Remarkable, vivacious, courageous. Harlan's smile and giggle will forever be remembered as infectious and constant during his nearly four years of life.

Our lives dramatically changed on February 7, 2013 when our sweet boy, Harlan "The Hero", was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, Ependymoma.  For nearly two years, our brave boy fought through his original diagnosis, relapse and everything in between.  He endured multiple surgeries, 66 radiation treatments, 4 cycles of chemotherapy and countless "pokes" and "boo boos".  In the 7 months before Harlan passed, he lost his ability to walk, play, express himself verbally and so much more of his independence.  On October 25, 2014, Harlan gained his perfect "kind blue" wings and left his body that had been tortured for far too long.  He was finally free to be the 4-year old boy he so deserved to be.

 

Donations

Harlan's Heroes is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

It is our goal and mission to keep Harlan's legacy alive by raging the battle on pediatric cancer and being advocates for patients and families in all aspects.

Thank you for your generous support!

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

Harlan's Heroes is dedicated to spread awareness and aid those affected by pediatric cancer, with an emphasis on recurring and terminal brain cancer.  Our mission is to provide the entire family with help, hope and care.


Harlan's Heroes is actively looking to expand our team.  Applicants must be 18 years or older and should agree to comply with the listed expectations before applying to become a perspective board member.


  • Support the Mission Statement of Harlan's Heroes.
  • Work as a part of a cohesive team with common goals. 
  • Share his/her skills and expertise.
  • Actively engage and recruit businesses/individuals for their assistance.
  • Dedicate time to Harlan's Heroes board meetings and planning/preparation of events.
  • Respect and support the majority decisions of the Board.
  • Volunteer and assist in Harlan's Heroes activities, including fundraising efforts.
  • Participate actively in board meetings, actions, fundraisers and public events.
  • Have no more than two (2) absences from board meetings in a calendar year. 
  • Must be available for ALL September fundraising events.
  • Remain aware of the activities that are planned and make yourself available to participate.
  • Represent all those whom this organization serves and not a particular geographic area or interest group.
  • Do your best to ensure that the Harlan's Heroes is well-maintained, growing, and always operating in the best interest of the children and families we proudly serve.
  • No director or board member receives compensation.
  • This is NOT an all inclusive list as the bylaws must be upheld during the time served.

 

IF YOU ARE ACCEPTED AS A HARLAN'S HEROES BOARD MEMBER, YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN AND SUBMIT RECORDS OF CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

BOARD RULES

  • Harlan's Heroes will not tolerate criticizing of fellow Board members  or their opinions in or out of the meetings.
  • There will be NO USE of the organization for personal advantage or that of friends or relatives.
  • There will be NO discussion of the confidential proceedings of the Board outside the board meetings.

BOARD MEMBER APPLICATION FORM

Name *
Name
Birthday *
Birthday
Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
Current Employer *
Current Employer
Current Position *
Current Position
Please check area(s) of expertise/contributions you feel you can make to further the mission of Harlan's Heroes: *
Availability: *