The Frances Foundation, a nonprofit organization headed by BOH partner Robert Heugle that helps local pediatric cancer patients and their families, was recently featured in an Asbury Park Press article highlighting a Christmas wish they fulfilled for a patient.
The primary mission of the Holmdel-based Frances Foundation is to bring smiles to children who are fighting cancer through special gestures, gifts, or even special moments. The foundation also provides financial support to families who may not be able to keep up with the cost of treatment. In addition to the direct aid for the children and their families, Frances Foundation provides support for childhood cancer research.
One of the most recent surprises from the Frances Foundation was for 11-year-old Riley Risden, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. She had been asking her family if they could go see the Rockettes in New York City but given the COVID-19 situation, it was a tricky proposition for someone like Riley who has a compromised immune system. However, it was a perfect opportunity for the Frances Foundation to make a young girl’s wish come true. Bob Heugle gave the family a call and offered six tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, with limousine transportation and dinner included. Needless to say, Riley and her family were overwhelmed by the offer and happily accepted the chance to make Riley’s wish come true.
“This gives her the fuel to go back into treatment and fight and beat the cancer,” Heugle said. “That’s what this season is about — not fancy gifts. It’s taking care of people.”
For more information, read the full article on app.com