Inspiration is an interesting phenomenon—it springs from a moment when we least expect it. A moment of beauty, a moment in nature, a moment of connection. Inspiration can be a powerful emotion that overwhelms us, that can push us in new directions, or plant a seed of an idea that will become larger than ourselves.
Two women, Larissa Linton and Jenny Scott, were both young mothers of small children when each faced the pain and heartbreak of having a child struck by cancer. Each mother lost her young daughter to a rare form of leukemia, yet, despite the emotional obstacles, each found strength and inspiration in their experience to act on behalf of and help others.
“My daughter, Allie, was so young when she was diagnosed, just six months old,” said Jenny Scott, co-founder of Heroes for Children. “She couldn’t vocalize that she was struggling. I watched her go through a stem cell transplant at seven-months-old and thought, ‘If she can do that, I should be able to do just about anything.’”
Heroes for Children (HFC) was founded in 2004, with a clear mission: to be advocates for and provide financial and social assistance to families with children, up to 22 years of age, who are battling cancer. After the loss of their daughters to leukemia—Scott’s daughter Allie was just 9-months-old when she passed away and Linton’s daughter, Taylor, was just 4—the two women connected and were immediately bound by their experiences of diagnoses and treatments. Linton and Scott soon recognized the need for an organization such as Heroes for Children to help support the community.