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"Shining a light of hope on families affected by pediatric cancer, with support of health-related research, education, and care."

Behind H.E.R.O. stands an even deeper meaning: Help & Encouragement on Rough Oceans. Not only is this the heart of the mission for the foundation, this also signifies Nicholas's positive journey on a very challenging path. On his "rough ocean", Nicholas often gave great encouragement with a simple smile, a kind word, and a grateful glimmer in his eyes. Nicholas inspired others to reach out to support him and his family, and other families battling pediatric cancer. To continue spreading this support and to honor a hero, the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation was created.

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Our son Ryan was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2014. Not long after that we received a monetary donation from the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation. Shannon and Erik understood what we were, and would be, going through as Ryan battled this disease. In addition to helping individual families they also, through their foundation, raise money at fun events that they orchestrate. The money raised is used to make hospital stays more comfortable for children battling life threatening diseases. We were honored to be able to attend one of these events. We look forward to attending more of these events in the future in support of the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation.


Brent & Shelley Lindstrom

Through its gifts to support scholarships in the Medical School, the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation has substantially strengthened the University and provided new opportunities to those it serves.


Eric W. Kaler, '82 PH.D.

Thank you very much for your recent generous donation of a really wonderful assortment of toys and gift cards! Your donation will be used thoughtfully to benefit the experience of our pediatric patients and families.


Dana Stroth

I would like to thank Erik and Shannon Koenig and the rest of the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation for providing a scholarship for medical students at the University of Minnesota.


Ryan Uselman


The growth of the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation is our main fundraising goal, allowing us to help make a difference in the lives of children battling illnesses and life threatening diseases.

If you would love to help make a difference, you can get involved in a variety of ways: