The Hero Foundation is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2009. We began as a small, grassroots foundation with the goal of helping raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, as well as raise funds towards research. We have since grown to give the majority of our funds to local families who are struggling financially after a cancer diagnosis. After our father, Al Knake, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we knew we had to do something. We had to join the fight. But we were very clear we did not want our hard work - and your amazing donations - to go to a national organization.
So we started our own organization. For you, so you know exactly where your money is going. Not to our salaries (we do this for free). Not to pay for office space (we have none!) or utility bills. Not for events or fundraisers. Your money goes straight into the pockets of local families who have cancer.
What We Do
What we do is simple - we do the best we can to raise funds for Michigan families. If you are from Michigan (or if you own a television, radio, computer with access to the Internet) - you know Michigan has had its fair share of struggles. It's hard to keep a job without the adding anything else to the mix. 90% of the families we help have lost their jobs due to a cancer diagnosis. Imagine, fighting for your life - all while fighting to keep your home. To pay your bills. To feed your family. To give your children clothes. It's simply not fair.
What we do is we help people. We take someone with the world on their shoulders and give them some relief. We work directly with the social workers at Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan to identify these families. And we've gone far beyond helping only families with pancreatic cancer. Cancer doesn't discriminate; either do we.
If you or someone you love has cancer, please contact us to see how we can help.
How You Can Help
There are so many ways you can help a local family suffering from cancer. We accept on line donations securely though Pay Pal, and you can get there by clicking any of the Pay Pal buttons on our website. And, if you would like, we can even send you an email with the name of the family your donation went to help.
Other ways we could use your help is by being our Sidekick. If you are having a party, running a race, jewelry part - or any event that has people at it - consider raising money for the Hero Foundation. Have fun plus giving back to Michigan families suffering from cancer - it doesn't get any better than that!
We also accept the following types of donations: clothes, household items, shoes, hats, gloves, bathing suits, coats (spring and winter), makeup, suits, food of all types (even dog & cat food), blankets, etc.
Thank you to all of our friends, family and supporters throughout the years to make The Hero Foundation grow to what it is today.
Don't forget: we are also selling these Hero Foundation / "Cancer Sucks" bracelets for $5.00 each.
Supplies are limited, so get them while you can!
Thank you for your support in helping families during this difficult time in their lives! YOU have made a DIFFERENCE!!!