Innovation – Hope for Henry Foundation

Innovation

Advances in medical science are now saving more sick children than ever before—but how we care for hospitalized children has not evolved at same pace. Experts recognize that caring for the whole child is critical to reducing the anxiety, sadness and isolation that accompany lengthy hospital stays and painful medical treatments.

Innovation

Advances in medical science are now saving more sick children than ever before—but how we care for hospitalized children has not evolved at same pace. Experts recognize that caring for the whole child is critical to reducing the anxiety, sadness and isolation that accompany lengthy hospital stays and painful medical treatments.

Hope for Henry’s Super Path to Super Duper Better

Our groundbreaking pediatric patient incentive program improves coping skills and medical outcomes for kids whose serious, chronic illnesses require lengthy hospitalizations. As the kids accomplish their medical challenges, Hope for Henry rewards them with Hope for Henry Bucks, which they earn and exchange for gifts like the opportunity to meet their favorite athlete or attend exclusive concerts, or for gift cards, laptops, and Lego sets – whatever will motivate them to do what they need to do to get better.

Hope for Henry’s Super Rewards for Super Kids

Child life specialists can help reduce the fear of the unknown but, until now, haven’t had proper tools to encourage patients to successfully complete their procedures in a way that provides the patient with a sense of accomplishment and improved coping skills that positively impact future treatments. Hope for Henry’s procedure-based incentive program helps kids navigate all the steps necessary to successfully complete challenging medical procedures like proton beam therapy, MRIs, dressing changes, port access, and more.

It’s Your Birthday from Hope for Henry

Kids love birthdays. Before they even memorize their phone numbers or addresses, kids know the date of their birthday. They plan their parties—bowling, laser tag, dress up, sleepover—all year long and talk constantly about who to invite. No child ever plans to spend their special day in the hospital. That’s why we created “It’s Your Birthday! from Hope for Henry.” Hope for Henry has hosted over 1,600 birthdays for hospitalized children.

Hope for Henry’s Room of Your Own

Decorative pillows, plush bed blankets, colorful throw covers, fun wall decals, picture frames, and string lights are not the typical décor you think of when you envision the hospital room of a very sick child who needs extended care away from home. Now, thanks to a partnership with Dormify, children undergoing medical interventions requiring lengthy hospital stays can decorate their rooms, creating comforting, personalized spaces that help to ease the difficult transition from home to hospital.

Three Super Duper Kids

Marco

A student at the University of Michigan, had to leave school for a bone-marrow transplant. Earning Hope for Henry bucks for challenges like rinsing his mouth to prevent infection kept him motivated to stay on schedule with his personal care. Marco exchanged his Hope for Henry bucks to attend a National’s bating practice and front row seats to the game.

Charlotte

One thousand Hope for Henry Bucks—that’s how much Charlotte, a teenager battling leukemia, accepted in exchange for the loss of her beautiful long hair. She missed her hair, but she has achieved her goal: One Direction concert tickets and back stage passes.

Santana

Eight-year-old Santana resisted taking terrible tasting meds for his Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Hope for Henry Bucks changed his mind. With his earnings, he bought a Washington Redskins RGIII FatHead to decorate his hospital room wall, a Philadelphia Eagles water bottle for his brother—and a bottle of bright-red nail polish for his mom who was by his side for months upon months.

Partner with Us

As evidence mounts for the program’s effectiveness and scalability, Hope for Henry is seeking to partner with hospitals, technology developers, and media companies around the country. It’s a simple idea that could revolutionize medical treatment for very sick children—by giving them more control of their care. For more information contact us: laurie@hopeforhenry.org or call 202.813.3385.