The 2018 Hope Gala - March 10, 2018
We had an unforgettable evening at the 10th Annual Hope Gala on March 10, 2018! Thank you from the bottom of our heats for helping us reach our goal of over $1,000,000.00 in 10 Years in the fight against childhood cancer! Photos and video clips from the night will be available in the next few weeks on our social channels and website!
2018 Hope Gala Family: The Hess'
2018 Hope Gala Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: The Conner M. Holland Foundation
2018 Hope Gala Family Speaker: The Hess Family
Lydia Hess, who was born in July 2011, lives near Hershey, PA with her parents, Brandon and Julie, and brothers, Owen (8) and Silas (1.5). In 2014, when she was just two and a half, Lydia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Throughout that year, Lydia was admitted overnight 10 times for almost 100 days, including one two-month stay. During these visits, she endured chemo, anesthesia for spinal taps, a dozen blood transfusions and other procedures. Nevertheless, Lydia is a fighter and completed treatment after 2.5 years in September 2016.
Today, Lydia still goes to a clinic monthly to check her blood counts, but is doing great! She is a happy and healthy first-grader surrounded by a loving family. Lydia loves to get dressed up like a princess and can't wait to do so for the 2018 Hope Gala!
The 2018 Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: The Conner M. Holland Foundation
On January 6th, 2010, Conner was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 3. Initially, Conner’s treatment went well, putting his cancer into remission for over a year. Fifteen months later, his cancer relapsed and his doctors continued treatment. A chemotherapy drug that was meant to finally cure his cancer instead delivered a devastating brain injury, preventing doctors from pursuing additional curative therapies. Conner passed away on September 4, 2011. He was 5 years old.
Out of this tragedy, the Conner M Holland Foundation was formed to help families in desperate need of financial and emotional support. They aim to relieve families of the financial burdens as they walk the journey of a life threatening illness with their child.