Fanconi Anemia, a disease related to Leukemia, is a fatal cancer that attacks the white blood cells needed in your body and currently has no cure. It currently affects approximately one out of every 131,000 people in the United States and one out of every 181 people in the world.
Unfortunately, young Henry Strongin Goldberg was born with this illness and died at the age of seven. Goldberg has become the inspiration for the memoir “Saving Henry” and the “Hope for Henry” foundation.
Goldber’s mother, Laurie Strongin, created Hope for Henry a year after he passed. One of Hope for Henry’s many goals is to offer fun activities for Johns Hopkins pediatric cancer patients during their hospitals visits.
For the last three years, Mt. Hebron has held a 5K run in order to help raise money for the cause. The event was originally founded and operated by 2016 alumnus Hannah Arnold. This year, sophomore Sophie Bronow and freshman Mackenzie Strozyk took the tradition into their own hands and held the annual race on Sept. 5.
“Hannah Arnold was our biggest supporter in this process,” Bronow said. “She was our mentor and did a great job passing the torch. After organizing the race for 6 years, she showed us the ropes and impact of the race on the Hope for Henry Foundation.”
“We took on the jobs of the Race Directors,” Bronow continued. “This included finding sponsors, ordering t-shirts, constructing permits and the race course, finding giveaways and volunteers to help the race run smoothly.”
Even though this process was new to Bronow and Strozyk, both were thrilled that all of their efforts resulted in a successful race.
“The race went really smoothly this year,” Bronow said. “We also were able to get more sponsors and have more participants than past years and get pizza donated from Tino’s Italian Bistro for the runners following the race.”
The team helped raise $3,500 from the 156 runners and people who came to watch and offer encouragement. The fact that it was an event created by students also seemed to be a selling point among several people.
“I think helping kids is a hugely important issue,” said Steve Lan, a Howard County local.
When asked why the cause itself is so important, Bronow’s grandfather, Fred Dorsey, who attended the race, answered, “I think it’s because it involves kids and trying to see if the kids have better lives.”
It was also an occasion that brought and united the community together by one goal. Howard County local, Jessica Feldman, said, “I think the high point is being able to come together as a group for a great cause and to run together.”
Thanks to all of the support from the community, including runners, donors and spectators, Johns Hopkins will be receiving donations to make kids’ hospital stays more comfortable.