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How Connor's Heroes is becoming a second family for those impacted by childhood cancer

Posted at 8:52 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 09:55:35-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- One to two children in Central Virginia are diagnosed every week with Childhood Cancer.

After the diagnosis, treatments and hospital visits happen pretty fast. One of the first things they receive at the hospital is a backpack full of supplies and comfort items from a local nonprofit called Connor's Heroes.

The bag is full of items recommended by families who have been through a childhood cancer diagnosis.

It has everything from toiletries for the hospital stay, to gift cards for gas and groceries to puzzles, books and an iPad for the patient.

This June 3-year-old Sophie was diagnosed with Leukemia. She and her family received a backpack and parent tote.

Sophie's mom Hollie Manning said the gift helped the family get through a challenging time.

"Nobody wants to be in the hospital, especially with their child, especially I'm finding out that your child has cancer," she said, "Unfortunately, we are there and Connor's Heroes has definitely become a second family."

Manning says the organization is constantly checking on them and all five of their children.

"It's not just about Sophie, they care about my whole family," she added.

Sophie is celebrating her 4th birthday Monday. Her mom says she's still in treatment.

To find out more about the backpacks and Connor's Heroes, click here.