Heart of a Hero

Heart of a Hero This page was designed to inspire, motivate and empower children who need it the most. This Page is dedicated to the efforts brought forth by Heart Of a Hero to Inspire, Motivate and Empower children who need it most all over the globe.
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Founder (Ricky Mena) fell asleep one night in June of 2014 on the couch of a friends house at a low point in his life where he had a dream that his deceased grandmother came to him, walked him up to an old movie projector, and turned it on. That's when a movie of Spider-Man walking through the doors of a children's hospital shot into the sky. Ricky (Still in the dream) watched as Spider-Man went b

Founder (Ricky Mena) fell asleep one night in June of 2014 on the couch of a friends house at a low point in his life where he had a dream that his deceased grandmother came to him, walked him up to an old movie projector, and turned it on. That's when a movie of Spider-Man walking through the doors of a children's hospital shot into the sky. Ricky (Still in the dream) watched as Spider-Man went b

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This is izzy. She's 4 and currently battling the brain tumor known as DIPG. It comes with a terminal diagnosis and a sho...
06/02/2021

This is izzy. She's 4 and currently battling the brain tumor known as DIPG. It comes with a terminal diagnosis and a short life expectancy. Although that's the case, we DONT give up on hope!! We personally spoke with Izzy's mother on the phone trying to offer some guidance and its SO difficult hearing the tears and cries of a mother who just wants her daughter to be ok. We asked what she needs RIGHT NOW and her mother told us they are raising money for a service dog and need roughly $3,000 more. So if you'd be so kind to help, she's asking you donate via Venmo or Cashapp (listed below). Let's help her get that doggy and some comfort as she fights for her life!! Thank you and God Bless

Venmo - Samantha-Treadway-7
Cashapp - $Teamizzy916

#TeamIzzy #sacramento #california #DIPGawareness #DIPG #MoreThan4 #Donate #Help #Love #share #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #SpiderGwen #ForTheChildren

This is izzy. She's 4 and currently battling the brain tumor known as DIPG. It comes with a terminal diagnosis and a short life expectancy. Although that's the case, we DONT give up on hope!! We personally spoke with Izzy's mother on the phone trying to offer some guidance and its SO difficult hearing the tears and cries of a mother who just wants her daughter to be ok. We asked what she needs RIGHT NOW and her mother told us they are raising money for a service dog and need roughly $3,000 more. So if you'd be so kind to help, she's asking you donate via Venmo or Cashapp (listed below). Let's help her get that doggy and some comfort as she fights for her life!! Thank you and God Bless

Venmo - Samantha-Treadway-7
Cashapp - $Teamizzy916

#TeamIzzy #sacramento #california #DIPGawareness #DIPG #MoreThan4 #Donate #Help #Love #share #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #SpiderGwen #ForTheChildren

There's a gift within each and every day we have the ability to reach, experience, and live. That gift is human kindness...
05/28/2021

There's a gift within each and every day we have the ability to reach, experience, and live. That gift is human kindness and it's readily available to give to a world of beautiful people who could truly use it. Don't deny this life your light, your joy, your glow, your kindness. It may not change the world but, it'll definitely be a world of change to those who need it. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

#HeartOfaHero #HumanKindness #Kindness #SpreadKindness #Love #Light #Life #Smiles

There's a gift within each and every day we have the ability to reach, experience, and live. That gift is human kindness and it's readily available to give to a world of beautiful people who could truly use it. Don't deny this life your light, your joy, your glow, your kindness. It may not change the world but, it'll definitely be a world of change to those who need it. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

#HeartOfaHero #HumanKindness #Kindness #SpreadKindness #Love #Light #Life #Smiles

What we do, is at times, so so difficult. We don't always know what to say. We don't always have the best advice at the ...
05/21/2021

What we do, is at times, so so difficult. We don't always know what to say. We don't always have the best advice at the ready sitting on the tips of our tongues. We don't always have the answers to the question "Why me?!" when children and or parents ask us. What we do know is that we'll be there. Through thick and thin, we'll show up. Although we can't always answer the questions even we ourselves ask, we can still plant seeds of inspiration to draw strength from. We can still reinforce faith, build a foundation of hope, and hold hands of the weary through it all. We can't save the body but, we can save the driving soul within and bring a sense of calm and peace through the most painful parts. Our presence says "You don't have to carry this burden alone. Let us take what we can off your shoulders and heart". Sometimes it's not just about the smiles. Sometimes it's about sitting in the darkness, together, waiting for the sun to rise.

Please go to www.DefeatDIPG.org to learn more about this horrible tumor and how you can help children defeat it to ensure they see the sun rise... Rest in peace Diamante. Still missing you, still loving you, still fighting for you ✊🏼

#DIPGawareness #BrainCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #GoGrayInMay #Faith #Love #Light #SpiderGwen #SpiderMan #Diamante

What we do, is at times, so so difficult. We don't always know what to say. We don't always have the best advice at the ready sitting on the tips of our tongues. We don't always have the answers to the question "Why me?!" when children and or parents ask us. What we do know is that we'll be there. Through thick and thin, we'll show up. Although we can't always answer the questions even we ourselves ask, we can still plant seeds of inspiration to draw strength from. We can still reinforce faith, build a foundation of hope, and hold hands of the weary through it all. We can't save the body but, we can save the driving soul within and bring a sense of calm and peace through the most painful parts. Our presence says "You don't have to carry this burden alone. Let us take what we can off your shoulders and heart". Sometimes it's not just about the smiles. Sometimes it's about sitting in the darkness, together, waiting for the sun to rise.

Please go to www.DefeatDIPG.org to learn more about this horrible tumor and how you can help children defeat it to ensure they see the sun rise... Rest in peace Diamante. Still missing you, still loving you, still fighting for you ✊🏼

#DIPGawareness #BrainCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #GoGrayInMay #Faith #Love #Light #SpiderGwen #SpiderMan #Diamante

This is TyTy 4 years ago. At that time he was 5. Long story short, he was battling a form of brain cancer and by the tim...
05/19/2021

This is TyTy 4 years ago. At that time he was 5. Long story short, he was battling a form of brain cancer and by the time we had the pleasure of meeting him, he already underwent tons of chemo, radiation, 6 brain surgeries, and 7 spinal surgeries. That's a lot for anyone to endure, let alone a child. At the time, TyTy refused to eat. He simply didn't feel like it. His father and doctors began getting worried and of course, we tried our hand at helping him. We remember the amazement on his face when spidey told him he drinks "Boost" nutritional drinks to stay strong to fight villains. Right then and there in the middle of the visit, he stormed off, headed to the fridge, came back with a "Boost", opened it, and started slammin it 🀣 A month after we left we remember checking in with his father and he told us he's been drinking tons of them lol

Fast forward to present day, TyTy has been cancer free for 4 years and is almost 10 years old! He's out there living life to the fullest and although there are still things he and his family must get through due to battling cancer for so long, he's kickin butt and is leading the way in what the future of children who battle brain cancers should look like!

As we go Gray in May for Brain Cancer Awareness month, please go to this amazing organization (at the link below) we recently were made aware of to not only assist in enhancing the quality of life of the children who fight it but, also donate critical funds towards the research that will cure the disease for good! www.CBTF.org πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Thank you all so much and have a blessed day!

#GoGray #BrainCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #Donate #Share #TyTy

This is TyTy 4 years ago. At that time he was 5. Long story short, he was battling a form of brain cancer and by the time we had the pleasure of meeting him, he already underwent tons of chemo, radiation, 6 brain surgeries, and 7 spinal surgeries. That's a lot for anyone to endure, let alone a child. At the time, TyTy refused to eat. He simply didn't feel like it. His father and doctors began getting worried and of course, we tried our hand at helping him. We remember the amazement on his face when spidey told him he drinks "Boost" nutritional drinks to stay strong to fight villains. Right then and there in the middle of the visit, he stormed off, headed to the fridge, came back with a "Boost", opened it, and started slammin it 🀣 A month after we left we remember checking in with his father and he told us he's been drinking tons of them lol

Fast forward to present day, TyTy has been cancer free for 4 years and is almost 10 years old! He's out there living life to the fullest and although there are still things he and his family must get through due to battling cancer for so long, he's kickin butt and is leading the way in what the future of children who battle brain cancers should look like!

As we go Gray in May for Brain Cancer Awareness month, please go to this amazing organization (at the link below) we recently were made aware of to not only assist in enhancing the quality of life of the children who fight it but, also donate critical funds towards the research that will cure the disease for good! www.CBTF.org πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Thank you all so much and have a blessed day!

#GoGray #BrainCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #Donate #Share #TyTy

05/17/2021

One thing we pride ourselves in is the transparency we've always displayed throughout the entirety of our existence while helping children and their family members. Its important to us to be open to communication with our community of supporters because Heart Of a Hero isn't just one man and woman, it's ALL of us coming together, moving collectively as a unit to enhance the quality of childrens lives that are so deserving of it.

With all of that being said, would YOU all be open to a live Q&A with our founder (and Spider-Man) right here on FB sometime in the near future? Where it's less talking TO you and more talking WITH you? Let us know in the comments and if the consensus is yes and you have questions you want answered, we can schedule it! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

This is Ruben. Its almost been 4 years since he passed away at just 7 years old. The culprit? DIPG. A terminal brain tum...
05/13/2021

This is Ruben. Its almost been 4 years since he passed away at just 7 years old. The culprit? DIPG. A terminal brain tumor claiming the lives of 300-400 kids per year in America alone but, let's talk about who Ruben was because he was pretty awesome!

We met Ruben when he was newly diagnosed so, we were there for the beginning, the end, and everything in between. We witnessed him ride the waves this brain tumor forces children to endure and because of what he was going through, Ruben was pretty tough. Meaning, he made you work for his trust. He made you work for that beautiful smile of his but, when we first saw a glimpse of who Ruben REALLY was beneath his tough exterior brought on by his fight with cancer, we worked hard at keeping his spirits up enough to smile! Our friendship meant so much to him and it definitely meant a lot to me too. We still have a picture he colored for us tucked away in our drawer.

Through it all, we watched Ruben cry, laugh, get mad, smile, and even dance. It hurts to know he's gone but, what hurts just as much is understanding the burden it left behind for his parents, older brother, and family. It'll never get easier and it'll never be something they should just "get over". As they wrestle with grief and attempt to make sense of it all, it's on US to pick up the burdens of families just like Rubens and FIGHT! How? Go to www.DefeatDIPG.org and donate while educating yourself of the havoc this tumor has been causing unchecked for way too long!

Love and miss you Ruben. Love you Contreras family β€πŸ™πŸΌ

#RubenContreras #Ruben #DIPG #DIPGawareness #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #SpiderGwen

This is Ruben. Its almost been 4 years since he passed away at just 7 years old. The culprit? DIPG. A terminal brain tumor claiming the lives of 300-400 kids per year in America alone but, let's talk about who Ruben was because he was pretty awesome!

We met Ruben when he was newly diagnosed so, we were there for the beginning, the end, and everything in between. We witnessed him ride the waves this brain tumor forces children to endure and because of what he was going through, Ruben was pretty tough. Meaning, he made you work for his trust. He made you work for that beautiful smile of his but, when we first saw a glimpse of who Ruben REALLY was beneath his tough exterior brought on by his fight with cancer, we worked hard at keeping his spirits up enough to smile! Our friendship meant so much to him and it definitely meant a lot to me too. We still have a picture he colored for us tucked away in our drawer.

Through it all, we watched Ruben cry, laugh, get mad, smile, and even dance. It hurts to know he's gone but, what hurts just as much is understanding the burden it left behind for his parents, older brother, and family. It'll never get easier and it'll never be something they should just "get over". As they wrestle with grief and attempt to make sense of it all, it's on US to pick up the burdens of families just like Rubens and FIGHT! How? Go to www.DefeatDIPG.org and donate while educating yourself of the havoc this tumor has been causing unchecked for way too long!

Love and miss you Ruben. Love you Contreras family β€πŸ™πŸΌ

#RubenContreras #Ruben #DIPG #DIPGawareness #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #SpiderGwen

As we continuing going Gray in May for Brain Cancer Awareness, this is sweet Melody. She was only 6 when she passed away...
05/07/2021

As we continuing going Gray in May for Brain Cancer Awareness, this is sweet Melody. She was only 6 when she passed away from the DIPG tumor we've been posting so much about recently but, let's talk about how beautiful she was instead of how ugly we KNOW this monster of a tumor is.

We found out about Melody from a local news story that featured her in the Bay Area California and because of our extensive experience in working with children who've battled DIPG, we immediately began the process of making contact. We're glad we did because knowing her and her family was a blessing.

Melody was filled with so much wonder and joy. She loved the PJ Mask heroes and we were able to facilitate her meeting Owlette as well as Spider-Man. It was so special to see her smile, run, and play with Owlette. She wouldn't let go of her hand and held it for hours. As time went on and the tumor made life difficult for Melody, thats when Spider-Man would visit periodically and even at the ugliest of times, Melody had the strength, courage, and bravery to smile and even chuckle a few times.

Melody's beautiful ability to live within a magical imaginative world filled with hope and love during such a dark time is what we remember her for and we'd love for you to do the same because that's what her memory deserves. We love this picture so much because it exemplifies her spirit perfectly! Fly sweet Melody, fly!

As for us, we have work to do! To learn more about DIPG and to donate in hopes of ending its reign, go to www.DefeatDIPG.org ...Do it for Melody!

#DIPG #DIPGawareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #GoGray #BrainCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #HeartOfaHero

As we continuing going Gray in May for Brain Cancer Awareness, this is sweet Melody. She was only 6 when she passed away from the DIPG tumor we've been posting so much about recently but, let's talk about how beautiful she was instead of how ugly we KNOW this monster of a tumor is.

We found out about Melody from a local news story that featured her in the Bay Area California and because of our extensive experience in working with children who've battled DIPG, we immediately began the process of making contact. We're glad we did because knowing her and her family was a blessing.

Melody was filled with so much wonder and joy. She loved the PJ Mask heroes and we were able to facilitate her meeting Owlette as well as Spider-Man. It was so special to see her smile, run, and play with Owlette. She wouldn't let go of her hand and held it for hours. As time went on and the tumor made life difficult for Melody, thats when Spider-Man would visit periodically and even at the ugliest of times, Melody had the strength, courage, and bravery to smile and even chuckle a few times.

Melody's beautiful ability to live within a magical imaginative world filled with hope and love during such a dark time is what we remember her for and we'd love for you to do the same because that's what her memory deserves. We love this picture so much because it exemplifies her spirit perfectly! Fly sweet Melody, fly!

As for us, we have work to do! To learn more about DIPG and to donate in hopes of ending its reign, go to www.DefeatDIPG.org ...Do it for Melody!

#DIPG #DIPGawareness #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #GoGray #BrainCancerAwareness #PediatricCancerAwareness #HeartOfaHero

We wanted to follow up our last post about Zamora with this one because it's so important to know who she was BEFORE she...
05/05/2021

We wanted to follow up our last post about Zamora with this one because it's so important to know who she was BEFORE she began fighting for her life.

Every picture we've ever posted of Zamora has been of her laying down essentially paralyzed by the DIPG tumor she battled because that's unfortunately how we met her but, there was so much more to her than even just her strength in that stage of her life (or how she died). When spidey first met her, he wanted to know who she was prior so he could better connect and help her and what he found out was pretty amazing.

Zamora's mother told us that they knew she had a brilliant mind and personality from the get go. Her spirit was so free and she loved all people and creatures she came across. She spoke English AND French fluently. She loved to read and did it at a level far beyond her years. She was an exceptional violinist and had already traveled much of the world by age 7. She was a daughter, a sister, a friend. Although her life was short, she was so accomplished and in our hearts, we know she was a real life earth angel.

Her story was so powerful that whenever we post pictures or re-share it (as we did yesterday), people leave comments saying they can recall where they were the exact moment they learned of her passing. She moved people across the globe and lead the way in undergoing new possible DIPG treatments (at that time). To this day, her name, life, and fight still serve as beacons of hope of one day defeating DIPG but, even bigger than that, Zamora continues to remind us of what's truly important in life. Thats why we felt like leaving you with these images of her alive, vibrant, and glowing because THATS who she was the whole time and how she should be remembered.

Zamora's mother is still paying outstanding medical bills for treatments that didn't save her daughter's life. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with that. Go to https://gofund.me/3c21d8a1 to help. Thank you πŸ™πŸΌ

#ZamoraMoon #Zamora #DIPG #DIPGawareness

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This Page is dedicated to the efforts brought forth by Heart Of a Hero to Inspire, Motivate and Empower children who need it most all over the globe. Founder (Ricky Mena) fell asleep one night in June of 2014 on the couch of a friends house at a low point in his life where he had a dream that his deceased grandmother came to him, walked him up to an old movie projector, and turned it on. That's when a movie of Spider-Man walking through the doors of a children's hospital shot into the sky. Ricky (Still in the dream) watched as Spider-Man went bedside to thousands of kids, making each and every one of them smile. Ricky then asked his grandmother what this had to do with him and she replied "That IS you and when you wake up, that's what you'll do". Ricky awoke from that dream, sold his luxury car, replaced it with a smaller less expensive one, purchased a Spider-Man suit, and a small pile of toys. Upon receiving that first suit in October of 2014, the journey began.

Since our humble beginnings, we've made visits to over 13,000 children who are terminal, battling life threatening illness, fostered, homeless, on the spectrum, special needs, disabled, bullied, and more, all over the world while creating the "Heart Of a Hero" 501(c)3 nonprofit to house it all.

Our goal is to bring a sense of peace, encouragement, and strength to children by tapping into their imagination by way of dawning the image of recognizable heroes in hopes of offering more of a lasting therapeutic experience to aid and reinforce their ability to fight whatever ails them.

Whether you're here to support our cause or call on our services, we're thankful you trust us enough to carry out the beautiful mission of changing the lives of children and families in tough situations.

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http://gf.me/u/zi8gzn would love to get all the help we can for this little one. I appreciate all the love you give to make kids smile!
I discovered you by chance and I thank you because your actions of love are an act of hope in my heart. Thanks so much.
Thank you Heart of a Hero!! From The Colfax Bunco Babes and the children we help...
JP is getting better! Today he had lots of XRays! He was able to stand with help and walk 2 steps❀❀ We are hopeful he can go home very soon! Thank you all for praying! And please wear your mask to save lives❀ We love you SpidermanπŸ•·πŸ•Έ
Hey Ricky, are you back?
Ricky
God Bless you β€οΈπŸ€—
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This is me and my dogs in pediatric hospital last Christmas. We do a weekly and holiday tour from 2017 I cried many times when I see the magic that happens while we relief suffer of a children. Big hugs from Italy.
This is what Heart of a Hero is all about.. πŸ’™β€οΈmy JP has a true friend and hero!! #Facetimejustmeandspiderman
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