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Cancer patient’s birthday wish involves giving back

Mermaids, LEGOs and kindness highlight Friday visit to Lutheran Children’s Hospital

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Thursday, June 11, 2015) – Instead of receiving gifts for her 10th birthday, Lutheran Children's Hospital patient Abby Grubbs is giving back by collecting LEGOs to provide to cancer patients. Grubbs recently finished two-and-a-half years of cancer treatment at LCH and she is now in remission. During her visit back to the outpatient hematology and oncology department tomorrow, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Warsaw-based Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts will have “Little Mermaid” cast members join her to entertain patients.

Grubbs wish proves that not all healing is about medicine. A little girl's selfless birthday wish will help lift the spirits of cancer patients at Lutheran Children’s Hospital during this special Heroes Foundation visit.

This is the Heroes Foundation's second trip to Lutheran Children’s Hospital for a LEGO “give” as part of the Indiana nonprofit organization’s Team JOEY program. Heroes Foundation Board Member and cancer survivor Kelly Canada will also join the “Little Mermaid” cast members for the LEGO delivery. 

The Heroes Foundation’s Team JOEY program includes providing LEGOs to pediatric cancer patients allowing kids the opportunity to be kids and let their natural imagination, playfulness and curiosity come out at times when a pleasant distraction may be the best prescription.  

ABOUT THE HEROES FOUNDATION
The mission of the Heroes Foundation is to serve the cancer community through support, education and awareness programs, as well as through funding for medical and scientific research. Born from a cancer survivor's desire to give back, the Indianapolis-based Heroes Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Visit heroesfoundation.org; call 317-255-6467; or email contactus@heroesfoundation.org for more information.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Media are encouraged to arrive at 11 a.m. and meet in the Lutheran Cancer Center lobby on the Lutheran Hospital campus. Media may park in the south parking garage and enter the first set of doors on the far left of the roundabout.

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