“I never did any birthday parties because it was just him and his sister,” said his mother, Jessica Spires.
Last year, Shawn’s birthday was especially tough. He had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing intense chemotherapy. With all that was going on, planning a birthday party would be difficult for Spires, but she wanted to lift his spirits. That’s where Heather’s Heroes stepped in.
Cindy Arnold started Heather’s Heroes as a way to support families battling childhood cancer. She knows the issues they face because she’s been through it herself. Her daughter, Heather, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 5. Heather is now 25.
Last year, Arnold joined forces with the Jay’s HOPE Foundation to create a fund named in her daughter’s honor, Heather’s Heroes.
“There was nothing like Jay’s HOPE when our family was in the midst of Heather’s fight,” said Arnold. “As the years have passed, I have felt the need to give back, to volunteer, to love those precious children and their families and to just be there for anything when I’m needed.”
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