Hope for Henry Program Overview

Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress, and empower children to be active participants in their own care.

Hope for Henry Program Overview

Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress, and empower children to be active participants in their own care.

Since 2003, Hope for Henry has improved the lives and recoveries of more than 60,000 hospitalized children nationwide through three primary approaches:

  • Groundbreaking Patient Incentive Programs.

    Hope for Henry’s Super Path to Super Duper Better and Super Rewards for Super Kids reward pediatric patients for complying with uncomfortable, unpleasant, or painful aspects of their medical protocols by incentivizing them with rewards that they care about. Both of these programs improve adherence and patient outcomes.

  • Full-Time, Year-Round Child Life Specialists.

    Currently embedded at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Hope for Henry Certified Child Life Specialists explain diagnoses to children and families and accompany patients to surgical procedures or tests, allaying fears and smoothing the transition from home to hospital. Together with Hope for Henry’s Child Life Team of Innovators, comprised of leading child life specialists from hospitals across the country, they inform the development of Hope for Henry’s program.

  • Specialized Patient Experiences.

    A diagnosis of cancer or other life-threatening illness brings with it a significant disruption to a child’s day-to-day life. School, sports, summer camp, and other activities are replaced by long, isolating hospitalizations and painful medical procedures that are a necessity on the road to recovery. To address fear and loneliness and the monotony of the hospital stay, Hope for Henry hosts birthday celebrations, provides specialized room décor through our Room of Your Own program in partnership with Dormify, and hosts special events like superhero celebrations; visits from professional athletes, musicians and authors; Halloween parties, spa days, and more for patients and their families. These events reduce fear, depression, and loneliness—all typical reactions to lengthy hospitalizations and the seemingly endless succession of medical procedures.