What We Do – Hope for Henry Foundation

Hope for Henry empowers children with serious illnesses to actively participate in their own care. 

These children and their families love the fun we bring, while leading hospitals partner with us because their experience confirms that our innovative approach leads to better health outcomes. Since 2003, Hope for Henry has improved the lives of more than 50,000 children at Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in our hometown of Washington, D.C., Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Childrens in Cleveland, O.H., and other hospitals around the country.

Hope for Henry collaborates with doctors, nurses, child life specialists and psychosocial team members on events and activities that advance medical care for children. Customized for infancy through adolescence, our programs alleviate the boredom and stress of long hospital stays, encouraging patients and their families to comply with treatments that can be uncomfortable or even painful. Our strategies complement and enhance medical treatment.