Posted on June 23, 2011 at 10:14 AM
This foundation donates new laptops to these kids and teens so they can stay connected to their friends, family and school. This unique program provides teens with a link to the outside world while undergoing cancer treatment and allows them to keep up with their school work while away from the classroom.
What the Laptops Provide
The laptops are a link to the outside world while living in the hospital. Think about the limitless amounts of things you can do with a computer and over the internet. These laptops provide a source of entertainment providing movies and music, games, connection to friends, creativity, a place to write, a source of laughter, and a visual source of society.
“Dear Heroes for Children,
Thank you so much for the HP computer for our son. We have been in the hospital for almost 40 days and your gift came at the right time! Johnny has been playing on the computer non-stop and it’s nice to see him smile again.”
The families also benefit from the laptops because it gives them the capability to create websites or blogs to keep loved ones abreast of their child’s progress. These laptops can provide teenagers with face time with friends and family members over the internet while chatting and gives older children the chance to continue working on schoolwork.
Between January 2005 and December 2010, Laptops for Love has provided 384 teenagers with a laptop! The difference this makes for the teen is immeasurable!
Angela received a laptop from Laptops for Love in June of 2008. The letter below is from her mother:
I want to say thank you again for the laptop you sent back in June. She was so excited, we’ve never had a computer before, and she was always asking me for one, every Christmas and birthday. But I couldn’t afford it, being a single mom is kinda hard. But thanks to you my daughter’s wish came true!!! You are really “Heroes for Children.” When she got diagnosed my whole life changed, everything seemed so dark, but now there’s been lots of blessings, lots of good people like Heroes for Children that have been there for me and my child when I need help. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!”
How Laptops for Love Started:
Laptops for Love was created in loving memory of Jordan Morgan. Jordan courageously battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia for two years. During Jordan's treatment, he was isolated from friends, family, and school. Jenny and Andrew Scott, Allie's parents lived on the same floor of the hospital at the time of Jordan's treatment. For more than a week, Jordan's mother borrowed the Scott's laptop for his use. Seeing that Jordan didn't have the means to get a laptop of his own, the Scotts decided to purchase a new machine for Jordan. Doctors and nurses reported the change in Jordan's attitude--he sat up more in his bed, began speaking more to others, and communicated with friends. Jordan's memory is carried out each time a laptop is donated to a teen. It is in his memory that this program continues.
About Taylor’s Angels: Allie Scott and Taylor Brewton:
Heroes for Children is founded in memory of Taylor Anne Brewton and Allison "Allie" Leigh Scott, who both passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
On November 26, 2001, Taylor passed away at just 4 years old after enduring 11 months of cancer treatment. Taylor's family started a non-profit organization called Taylor’s Angels in her memory to provide financial assistance to other families with children battling cancer.
On September 13, 2004, Allison Leigh Scott, better known as Allie to all that loved her, passed away from the same disease as Taylor at the tender age of 8 months 27 days after three rounds of chemotherapy, 80 blood transfusions, and a stem cell transplant.
In October 2004, Larissa Linton (Taylor’s mom) and Jenny Scott (Allie’s mom) met, soon after the death of Jenny’s daughter Allie. The need for Heroes for Children became evident to Co-Founders Larissa and Jenny after they recounting not only the devastating effects of childhood cancer during their daughters’ treatments, but also the blessings they each received from their community. Unfortunately, they each saw many other families struggling without the aid and care of others. Families were losing their homes, having their electricity shut off, and struggling to make everyday payments.
Together, they saw a need for a more comprehensive organization and formed Heroes for Children in December 2004 with a formal Board of Directors and official by-laws. It was the desire of these two moms to further the initial efforts of Taylor’s Angels serving other families battling childhood cancer. That has provided over 3.5million dollars in program services since its inception.