11/06/2014 5:07 PM
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)
WHEN YOU DO THE MATH
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.
MAKE AN IMPACT!
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.