About the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation
Nicholas Koenig is the brave, courageous, and heroic son of Erik and Shannon Koenig of Richmond, Minnesota. At the age of 2, Nicholas was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a cancer that starts inside the bone marrow where cancer grows from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells. This type of leukemia, rare in children, warrants a more aggressive chemotherapy and usually requires a successful stem cell transplant to cure. Nicholas received numerous rounds of chemotherapy and a blood stem cell (cord blood) transplant throughout his 2 ½ year fight with AML. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy and transplant did not keep Nicholas’ body in remission. Nicholas passed away in the arms of his parents on August 16, 2011. In his short 4 years of life, 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.

Our first major video launch is officially here! This is why we work so hard at building this foundation to be what it has become and what it has the potential to be. Thank you again to all of our supporters, past, present and future! Enjoy and share! Please join us on Friday, October 17th. Your attendance is crucial to achieving our goal.

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival
Friday, October 17, 2014
4pm to 9pm
The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Cold Spring, MN

Join us for a delicious chicken dinner, live music, silent auction, raffle, kids’ activities, pumpkin and gourd sales, photo booth, and more! Jack Sparrow from the Twin Cities will once again make the voyage to this epic event!

The winning submission of the 2nd annual t-shirt contest will be revealed! Thank you to all participants that have submitted a drawing. If you didn't get your drawing in yet, there is still time! Download the form Tshirt_Contest_Form_2014.pdf
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and mail in your drawings by September 20th to: Nicholas P. Koenig HERO Foundation, 765 5th Street NW, Richmond, MN 56368. All entries of the contest will be on display at this year’s event; be sure to look at the amazing creativity of the submissions! We will also begin collecting drawings for next year's t-shirt at this event.

To get into the spooky Halloween spirit, children (and adults) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the festival. 

If you are interested in donating a silent auction item, a raffle item, or would like to sponsor the dinner or live entertainment, please contact us at (320) 597-2524.  

All proceeds will go to families dealing with pediatric cancer and for pediatric cancer care at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. 



Because of  our generous supporters, the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation has successfully funded a permanently endowed scholarship
fund that will annually support 4th-year medical students going into the field of pediatric oncology at the University of Minnesota.  We have also funded a permanent endowment through the Initiative Foundation;
ifound.org.  The proceeds from this fund will be used to directly support local families affected by pediatric cancer and pediatric cancer research.

The Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation continuously strives to achieve our mission statement, "Shining a light of hope on families affected by pediatric cancer, with support of health-related research, education, and care".  In addition to supporting our local families through our endowments with the Initiative Foundation, our next primary goal is to raise $200,000.00 and fund an Adopt A Room at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital.  Nicholas and his parents had the wonderful privilege to stay in these rooms during Nicholas' treatments over a 2 year period.  Please click the following link to read more about the Adopt A Room Program. 

We look forward to your continued support!


Thank You

Another WONDERFUL gathering was had on Saturday, April 5th, for our sweet Nicholas! Thank you to all that attended our event, to those that brought birthday gifts that will be donated to the St. Cloud Hospital, to our family, friends and committee members for ALL of your time and hard work these last few months, to Roger, Christine, and the Thin Blue Line Memorial for making the drive to Cold Spring and for sharing your story and your day with us, and to all of our supporters and volunteers who helped make our 2nd Annual Birthday Bags for Beans a huge success! Thank you pales to the love and support that we continue to receive from you all...we are so very, very blessed to have you in our lives. And Nic, Chrissy, Kathy and the staff at the Great Blue Heron...our deepest appreciation for letting us once again take over your restaurant for the day - your staff did an amazing job, as always! We are so blessed to have the support and friendship from you all and look forward to sharing MANY more fundraisers with you! We couldn't have asked for better people to partner up with for our events! The event raised about $1,800 - there is no doubt Nicholas is smiling from up above! The 3rd Annual Birthday Bags for Beans is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 4th at the Great Blue Heron. More details to come at a later date!


Thank you to all that made our 2nd Annual H.E.R.O. Festival successful! $27,000 was raised bringing us to $47,000 total raised since October 2012. Our dream of raising money for children battling life threatening illnesses and carrying on Nicholas' legacy wouldn't be possible without the generous and thoughtful people like you. Saying thank you pales to the generous amount of love and support that you have shown us. We appreciate your support!


Past Events

We are preparing for our 1st Annual Garage Sale - free will donations and all proceeds will go towards our foundation. Come see us at the River Lake Days city-wide garage sale - July 17 and 18, 7 a.m to 5pm; and July 19, 7am to NOON; 765 5th Street NW, Richmond.

Feel free to contact us with any questions! We thank you all!!

Registration information for the 2nd Annual Birthday Bags for Beans is now available!

The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Cold Spring, MN
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Registration:  1pm - 2pm
Tournament: 2pm - 6pm
Family Activities: 1pm - 6pm

Birthday Bags for Beans will consist of a bean bag tournament and family activities filled with complementary games. Grand prize for the bean bag tournament is $250! Second $100, third place $50. Registration will begin at 1:00 pm at the door or register at the link provided below. All paid members will receive a Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation t-shirt. Surprise prizes will be given out throughout the day.

We will also be collecting new unwrapped “birthday” gifts at the Great Blue Heron on the day of the event. All gifts collected will be donated to the pediatric department at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Please come join us to help celebrate Nicholas’ birthday and help families dealing with life-threatening illnesses! Click on the "Contact Us" page with any questions.

Registration - http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ubkuxccab&oeidk=a07e8ymo8skec5e3e84


"Not all Treasure is Silver and Gold, Mate."
                                ~Captain Jack Sparrow