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11/06/2014 5:07 PM -

Revised:  4/22/17

What began as a milestone is now a mission.

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 56 scholarships to college bound cancer survivors with allocations between $1000 and $5000.

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)

70,000 x 65.9% =46,130
46130 x $33,000 = $1.52 billion each year.

On a conservative note, let’s just say that 50% will graduate.  Each year, that’s still $760 Million in student debt among the college bound young adult cancer survivor population.  By 2020 this conservative estimate will be in the neighborhood of $5 Billion. 

As if enduring the hardships of cancer wasn’t difficult enough.  This is why My Hometown Heroes exists. 

To raise enough money to distribute $1,000,000 in scholarship allocations by 2020 we are taking massive action to implement programs and build strategic partnerships.  


Join the SCHOLAR SQUAD and sponsor a My Hometown Heroes scholarship.  When you complete your fundraising mission, you will have an opportunity to connect with the recipient who benefited from your dedication and generosity.