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Who we are

About us

Battle Born in Reno Nevada, My Hometown Heroes is a national scholarship fund for college bound cancer survivors enrolled in universities, community colleges, and trade schools. We help bridge the gap between cancer and college, one scholarship at a time.

Every year there are over 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 years old who are diagnosed with cancer. Between the years 2016 and 2020, the cumulative student debt among this college bound population will be over $5 billion dollars. Join us in our effort to award $1,000,000 in scholarships by 2020.

History
KEYS TO SUCCESS
COMMUNITY

No one fights alone. The emotional, financial, and spiritual toll through cancer can become overwhelming and no one should have to endure those hardships alone. Through the Champions Network, My Hometown Heroes offers several community resources, partnership programs, and recommendations to help position college bound cancer survivors for success.

CREATIVITY

No one fights alone. The emotional, financial, and spiritual toll through cancer can become overwhelming and no one should have to endure those hardships alone. Through the Champions Network, My Hometown Heroes offers several community resources, partnership programs, and recommendations to help position college bound cancer survivors for success.

COLLABORATION

No one fights alone. The emotional, financial, and spiritual toll through cancer can become overwhelming and no one should have to endure those hardships alone. Through the Champions Network, My Hometown Heroes offers several community resources, partnership programs, and recommendations to help position college bound cancer survivors for success.

COMMITMENT

No one fights alone. The emotional, financial, and spiritual toll through cancer can become overwhelming and no one should have to endure those hardships alone. Through the Champions Network, My Hometown Heroes offers several community resources, partnership programs, and recommendations to help position college bound cancer survivors for success.

Battle Born

Diagnosed with brain cancer upon college graduation in 1999, My Hometown Heroes founder, Danny Heinsohn, endured 3 craniotomies, massive seizure complications, 12 months of chemotherapy, and several months of speech and cognitive therapy. Danny’s final round of treatment was in July of 2000.

My Hometown Heroes was founded in Reno, NV to celebrate the community who supported Danny during his journey through cancer. They were his heroes.

When My Hometown Heroes became national in 2013, Danny wanted guarantee 20% of our national distribution to remain in the State of Nevada.

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What MHH recipients are saying

The My Hometown Heroes scholarship is helping me reach my goal of graduating with a computer science degree with no student debt and subsequently move forward in life without the burden of paying off loans.

Ty Washburn University of North Texas

The My Hometown Heroes scholarship is the cherry on top of the health journey I went through. I wish that I had a cancer survivor to keep in touch with during my treatment.

Sarah Ozturk The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
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What MHH recipients are saying

The My Hometown Heroes scholarship is helping me reach my goal of graduating with a computer science degree with no student debt and subsequently move forward in life without the burden of paying off loans.

Ty Washburn University of North Texas

The My Hometown Heroes scholarship is the cherry on top of the health journey I went through. I wish that I had a cancer survivor to keep in touch with during my treatment.

Sarah Ozturk The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University