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Zach Hoefler Memorial Trust Mission & Values

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

Zach Hoefler wearing an Ole Miss shirt outdoors

"Why will always be the question. Your bravery and strength will always be the answer. You came and you conquered everything life had to offer. I’m so thankful for the memories we have. Thank you for the many laughs."

- Katie Heffron

The Mission of the Zach Hoefler Memorial Trust is to embrace, raise up, and empower families facing the challenges of catastrophic childhood illness.

Every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer in addition to other catastrophic pediatric diseases. Each year about 15,780 children from birth to the age of 19 will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S.

More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year and that number is rising.

The incidence of childhood cancer is on the increase with an overall increase of 24% over the last 40 years; However; since 1980, only four drugs have been approved specifically for use in children compared with hundreds of drugs that have been developed specifically for adults only.

Cancer takes a toll not just on the child, but the whole family. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are well documented for parents and siblings of children who have completed cancer treatment. Parental work and economic hardship are prevalent across all income levels having a negative impact on the wellbeing of the family. With pediatric cancers on the rise and very little research impacting its growth, families are in need of support. Kate Sciascia, Clinical social worker at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, said they have far more families in need than organizations to fill those needs.

Supporting Families through Targeted Programs

The Zach Hoefler Memorial Trust addresses the effects that cancer treatment has on the financial and emotional wellbeing of patients and their families. Our initiatives include:

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Many families have to travel to receive care. Our organization will help gas cards and/or gift cards for hotel stays near the hospital.

Medical Claim Cost Assistance

With the rise of medical costs, insurance co-pays can add up. Our organization will help to offset some of these costs.

College Scholarships for Patients/Siblings

Some families are no longer financially able to send their children to college after the financial burden of cancer or other childhood illness expenses. We can assist with scholarships.

Funeral Assistance

Our organization will help families to defray the cost of funeral expenses.

Our Impact on the Community

Thanks to sponsors and supporters such as you, our organization has accomplished much in a short period of time towards fulfilling the goals of our mission: to embrace, lift-up, and empower families facing the challenges of catastrophic childhood illness. The Zach Hoefler Memorial Trust is a unique organization as it has a large, immediate, and direct impact on families. Money is used to assist families in their time of need so they can focus on caring for their children.

Grants may be given to assist with items such as rent/mortgage payments, insurance claims assistance, hotel stays near their child, gas for travel to and from hospital. Many families we assist struggle or just get by financially in good times. To be able to assist them in their time of crisis is a tremendous gift.

With the onset of COVID-19 some families face unemployment or reduced incomes. We can directly assist them in bridging the gap at least temporarily. Our desire is to lessen the burden of families having to choose between keeping the lights on, food in the pantry, gas in the car, a roof over their heads, and paying for medical care.

What We Are Doing

The Trust:

  • Provides a monthly grant disbursement to families receiving treatment at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The objective is to provide a grant every month and to expand this benefit to other children’s hospitals as well. Discussions are already underway with Dana Farber/Boston Children’s hospital.
  • Has provided Six graduating seniors with scholarships for college in Zach’s name through The Foundation for Allen Schools.
  • Started two 529 college savings plans for siblings of a 12-year old who died from brain cancer.