The No. 1 killer by disease for infants and children is cancer. In the United States, over 40 children every day are diagnosed with this killer disease.
In 1995 a boy, Michael Hoefflin, passed away from brain cancer. His parents were hurting and didn’t want other families or kids to go through that fight alone. That’s when Michael’s parents founded the Michael Hoefflin Foundation (MHF). The family has invested nearly $2 million of their own money helping with research at CHLA and UCLA with an additional $12 million given from donors for research. Most of the fundraising profits have gone to brain tumor research- the second most diagnosed cancer in children.
Michael Hoefflin Foundation services Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley and Antelope Valley. The organization is currently helping over 250 families, providing “Kare Kits”, support groups, financial assistance, family entertainment activities and doctor referrals.
On Sept. 17, 2016, MHF held its 23rd annual “Evening Under the Stars” event at Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia to raise money and awareness for research and support for families and patients. Over 500 guests attended. MHF facilitators had a goal to raise $500,00 or more at the event.
Brittany Magno, a brain cancer survivor, was at school at Arizona State University when she was invited back to Valencia to share her story.
“Michael Hoefflin Foundation was there for my family and showed that they needed help as well, not just me,” Magno said.
“Their Kare Kits helped make the hospital stays seem shorter and easier.”
The event featured a silent and live auction where seats at the front table were sold for next year at $10,000.
If you would like to donate or volunteer for Michael Hoefflin Foundation, please visit their website www.mhf.org.