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.


Upcoming Events
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

Save the date for our 3rd Annual Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival at the Great Blue Heron - Friday, October 17, 2014 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. More info to come!

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!

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 Amplatz Children's Hospital.  Nicholas and his parents had the wonderful privilege to stay in these rooms during Nicholas' treatments over a 2 1/2  year period.  Please click the following link to read more about the Adopt A Room Program.  http://www.mmf.umn.edu/children/adoptaroom/index.cfm

We look forward to your continued support!
                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Past Events

2nd Annual Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival
Friday, October 25, 2013
4pm to 9pm
The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Cold Spring, MN


Join us for a delicious parmesan-crusted chicken dinner, live music, silent auction and 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!

New this year…the winning submission of the 1st annual t-shirt contest will be revealed! Thank you to all participants for your hard work and dedication! Choosing the winner was difficult as each one put a smile on our faces. 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, click on the Contact Us page or call (320) 597-2524.

All proceeds will go to families dealing with pediatric cancer and for pediatric cancer care at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. 
  
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The deadline for our first annual t-shirt contest for the Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival is fast approaching! Forms were available for children 18 years of age and younger at the Birthday Bags for Beans event. If your child has completed their drawing, you may send it in via mail or e-mail (npkheroufoundation@gmail.com
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Forms are available to download and print by using the link below.
Dealine is May 15, 2013


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Birthday Bags for Beans - A Celebration!
April 6, 2013
2pm - ?
The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Cold Spring, MN


Birthday Bags for Beans will consist of a bean bag tournament and a kids’ corner filled with complementary games. Grand prize for the bean bag tournament is a set of 4 Twins tickets! Please click at the link above for more information and to sign up. Registration will begin at 1:00 pm at the door, but we encourage teams to complete the form at the link above. Our goals for this fundraiser are to have FUN and continue to raise money to help support pediatric cancer care.

Please come join us to help celebrate Nicholas’ birthday, and if you wish, bring an unwrapped birthday gift that will be donated to the children at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital!




1st Annual Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival
October 19, 2012
4pm to 9pm
The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Cold Spring, MN

Join us for a spaghetti dinner, live music, silent auction and raffle, kids’ corner, pumpkin sales, and more! Jack Sparrow from the Twin Cities will also be making an appearance; http://www.site.jacksparrowmn.com/!
Come dressed in pirate attire, something purple to honor Nicholas’ love for the Minnesota Vikings, a Halloween costume, or just as yourself. It is sure to be a wonderful time!

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

If you are interested in donating a silent auction item, or making monetary donations towards the spaghetti dinner or live entertainment, click on the Contact Us page to contact us.

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We look forward to seeing you on October 19th, Savvy? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

THANK YOU!

The Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation Board of Directors would like to express our deepest and most heartfelt appreciation to those individuals who devoted countless hours and creative energies toward making the 1st Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival a tremendous success! We are also so very grateful for the many contributors who provided gifts and services for the silent auction and raffle. Children and their families dealing with pediatric cancer at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s hospital will benefit greatly from the total amount that was raised at our fundraiser on Friday, October 19, 2012. Our goal was to raise $15,000 from silent auction, raffle, spaghetti dinner, merchandise sales, pumpkin sales, etc. Our first event brought in approximately $18,500!! The  members of the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation were optimistic of a fabulous turnout in honor of our bravest hero, Nicholas; the turnout superseded our expectation which continues to bring the endless smiles on our faces. With your love, friendship, and support, together we will make a difference in pediatric cancer care!

Our sincere gratitude is extended to our dedicated volunteers, to Nic, Chrissy, and Kathy and The Great Blue Heron, to our fabulous slate of entertainers, our special guest Jack Sparrow of the Twin Cities (Brendan Anderson), and to all that dressed in their pirate attire, Halloween costumes, or Vikings apparel or something purple. You all helped make our first event a memorable one!

We also thank our supporters who donated $250 or more to our wonderful cause:

JF Kruse Jewelers
Henkemeyer Coatings, Inc. and Sherwin-Williams
Charlie Walker Construction
Murphy Granite Carving
Superior Leathercraft
Custom Comfort Beds
Quarry Title and Closing
Bryan and Kari Koenig
Melissa Bueckers and Creative Memories
Torborg and Spiczka Families
Shingobee Builders
Winlectric
Bill Koenig and Cheri Wessel
Happy Sleeper
Richmond Lions
Garry Insurancenter
Tom and Janet Grones
Concrete, Inc.
Kotzer Excavating
Mechanical Brothers
RTL Construction

Our most heartfelt appreciation to the following for all of the printing for our foundation, donations, and time:

C and L Distributing
Rengel Printing
Star Publications
Cold Spring Record
Paynesville Press
Custom Accents Promotions & Apparel
United Financial

Please check back for future fundraising events. The Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation will continue to have an event similar to the one held on October 19, 2012 every October, right around Halloween as this was Nicholas’ favorite holiday. We will also be hosting smaller fundraisers throughout the year. These fundraisers will be posted on our website and on our facebook page…please check these pages periodically.

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