In 2010, Danny Heinsohn celebrated his 10th year of brain cancer remission by founding My Hometown Heroes. The goal was to raise $10,000, symbolic of the decade milestone of being cancer free. Since 2011, we have awarded 26 college bound young adult cancer survivors with allocations of $1000 and $2500.
At the beginning of 2014, Danny published his book For A Reason and declared that his mission was to distribute $1 Million dollars in scholarship money by 2020, his 20th year remission from brain cancer. This is why:
Every year, over 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer.
– National Cancer Institute
The average Class of 2014 graduate with student-loan debt has to pay back some $33,000.
-Wall Street Journal
65.9% of high school graduates were enrolled in colleges and universities.
–Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013)
My Hometown Heroes is a 501(c)3 organization designed to provide scholarships for young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 39. Our mission is to financially assist and recognize these amazing individuals who are pursuing a college education. Through community outreach, collaboration, and creativity we inspire with stories of hope and progress.
In August of 2009, founder, Danny Heinsohn decided to register to compete in Ironman Canada 2010 to celebrate his 10th year of brain cancer remission. In May 1999 through July 2000, Danny’s friends, family, and medical team were his heroes as he battled through three craniotomies, followed by twelve months of chemotherapy to the brain. They were his hope and inspiration through the tough times.
Not long after he registered for Ironman Canada, Danny wanted to raise $10,000 to symbolize 10 years of remission as he trained for the big race. He brought together a few of his trusted colleagues and it was decided that My Hometown Heroes would be a scholarship fund for young cancer survivors.
Visit http://myhometownheroes.org/ for more information.