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.
3rd Annual Autumn H.E.R.O. Festival
Friday, October 17, 2014
4pm to 9pm
The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Cold Spring, MN
To our cherished supporters–
The outpouring of love, support, and friendship you have all shown since the day Nicholas was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia five years ago on June 24, 2009 is inspiring to me and Erik, and to the Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation. This love, support, and friendship that we continue to receive was evident last Friday as the Great Blue Heron was filled with such amazing and caring people the whole night. The laughter, hugs, and tears that were shared throughout the event bring healing to our hearts and continued optimism to our foundation and our mission. Last Friday night happened because of our brave, courageous, loving, and joyful Nicholas, and because of him we, as a team, will continue to help families dealing with pediatric cancer and continue to support pediatric cancer care and research. We wouldn’t be where we are today without your love and trust for our foundation – you are all such a blessing. With his sense of humor and beautiful personality, Nicholas had a way of bringing a smile to everyone’s face. He showed us that everything will be okay in our day-to-day life and that each day is truly a blessing.
We are happy to share that our event raised $30,000! Our deepest appreciation to all that donated items to our event, those that volunteered throughout the day, Nic, Chrissy, Kathy, and the Great Blue Heron staff for your friendly hospitality, Roger, Christine, and the Thin Blue Line Memorial Vehicle and supporters for the successful 17 Days of Magic toy and money drive, Jack Sparrow for once again making the voyage to Cold Spring, Bryan Smith for the photo booth that continues to be a huge hit for children and their families, Brian Linn and Bob Gerads for the awesome live entertainment for the night, and to our supporters for believing in our foundation and our mission. We look forward to sharing future fundraisers with you all!
Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for another amazing and successful fundraiser!
“Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
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. http://www.mmf.umn.edu/children/adoptaroom/index.cfm
We look forward to your continued support!
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!
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