Before reaching his sixth month birthday, little Henry Kantor underwent his second major heart surgery at SickKids in Toronto, ON. Thankfully, this little heart warrior is back home after an extended hospital stay and is on the road to recovery.
While Henry won't remember this trying time, his family is forever a SickKids warrior family. And warrior families stick together and fight for one another. And when the matriarch of one of these families is a powerhouse like Henry's mom, Alana Kayfetz Kantor, the enemy has no chance.
As CEO of the Mom Halo, Alana runs the largest network of cool moms online growing it from its humble beginnings as wine playdates she hosted in her living room three short years ago. She is a mom who dreams big. She is a mom who goes big. She is a mom who achieves big.
So it comes as no surprise to those who know her that she launched Project Halo to raise ONE MILLION DOLLARS to build a Parent's Lounge within SickKids Hospital in Toronto and we know she'll do it.
When we heard about this big, audacious goal of finding 1000 families to commit to raising $1000 in 2021, we immediately signed up without a second's thought.
Then we put our thinking caps on to figure out how we could raise the money while encouraging our children to flex their creative muscles and learn the importance of giving back and the Hearts for Henry Collection was born.
A Message from Alana:
“We can do hard things.
I can do hard things.
We can face hard things.
I can face hard things.”
This is the current soundtrack of my life.
We are calling on you, to do something hard.
We are building an army of moms, dads and caregivers, with one shared goal - to raise $1 Million by the end of 2021 to help build a new SickKids - designed to better serve patients and families. This will include spaces devoted to parents and caregivers - spaces where we can feel calm, relief and rest, when we are in a time of crisis.
We invite you to suit up. The battle field for sick kids is lined with brave warriors, barring the wounds, rocking their beads, and we will join them.
This is an act of radical generosity to support the most vulnerable kids, with the beacon of hope that is SickKids. The new space will ‘uplift and inspire from the daily grind that is parenting a sick child.
We are SO committed to this venture, and we cannot wait to see what we dream up.
It may take a community to raise a child, but it takes a village to save a life.