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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Today marks 4 years since Ruben passed away. Although that may be so, time is irrelevant with matters of the heart. True...
07/25/2021

Today marks 4 years since Ruben passed away. Although that may be so, time is irrelevant with matters of the heart.

True love and or immense pain/grief resulting in the loss of that love transcends time. 4 years can simultaneously feel like it was just yesterday and also, a lifetime ago.

We've never promised bereaved parents that it will get easier with time because, simply put, we don't make promises we can't keep or make statements that are far from truth specifically regarding children who pass away well before they're mothers and fathers who have a lifetime of their own to feel that incredible void or absence. What we do shine a light on is that although it will never get easier, you can become stronger. You can rise again and someday, feel the sun again. It's a painful process but, a process we're here for as well.

Today, Rubens mother, father, and siblings are experiencing all of this and more. 4 years ago was both just yesterday and a lifetime ago. Ruben had an amazing spirit and we feel honored to have known him the entire duration he battled valiantly against cancer (DIPG). The pain we feel is a testament to how incredibly amazing he truly was. Until we meet again among endless fields where time stands still, we love and miss you Ruben. Please pray for his family today and thank you. πŸ™πŸΌ #RubenContreras #LittleMonster #Ruben #PediatricCancerAwareness #DIPG #MoreThan4 #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #MissingYou #Pain #Love #grief

Today marks 4 years since Ruben passed away. Although that may be so, time is irrelevant with matters of the heart.

True love and or immense pain/grief resulting in the loss of that love transcends time. 4 years can simultaneously feel like it was just yesterday and also, a lifetime ago.

We've never promised bereaved parents that it will get easier with time because, simply put, we don't make promises we can't keep or make statements that are far from truth specifically regarding children who pass away well before they're mothers and fathers who have a lifetime of their own to feel that incredible void or absence. What we do shine a light on is that although it will never get easier, you can become stronger. You can rise again and someday, feel the sun again. It's a painful process but, a process we're here for as well.

Today, Rubens mother, father, and siblings are experiencing all of this and more. 4 years ago was both just yesterday and a lifetime ago. Ruben had an amazing spirit and we feel honored to have known him the entire duration he battled valiantly against cancer (DIPG). The pain we feel is a testament to how incredibly amazing he truly was. Until we meet again among endless fields where time stands still, we love and miss you Ruben. Please pray for his family today and thank you. πŸ™πŸΌ #RubenContreras #LittleMonster #Ruben #PediatricCancerAwareness #DIPG #MoreThan4 #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan #MissingYou #Pain #Love #grief

We're late on posting this but, we have to pay tribute. Yesterday (July 24th) marked one year that this amazing young ma...
07/25/2021

We're late on posting this but, we have to pay tribute. Yesterday (July 24th) marked one year that this amazing young man passed away and gained his wings. His name was Angel and after a very tough battle with cancer, his parents and siblings were forced to part ways with him.

We can remember our short time together as clear as day. Angel commanded the room with his smile and glowing aura. His presence just had a way of making you instantly feeling comfortable around him. His siblings and mother also just made the room feel so warm and inviting which, in a hospital, is very rare. They're bond was strong and we knew very quickly that although Angel was the one fighting cancer, his family made sure he knew, he wasn't alone.

We joked, we laughed, we had a grand old time. For a moment, the hospital room walls faded away, the beeping of the machines were silenced, and it was just us living in a moment so peaceful, so priceless, so precious.

We'll cherish that forever.

Rest in heaven Angel and please, everyone pray for Angels family to find strength and be overcome by an overwhelming sense of peace through all the difficult days ahead. πŸ™πŸΌ

#Angel #AngelInHeaven #PediatricCancerAwareness #MoreThan4 #NotGoodBye #SeeYouLater #SpiderMan #HeartOfaHero

We're late on posting this but, we have to pay tribute. Yesterday (July 24th) marked one year that this amazing young man passed away and gained his wings. His name was Angel and after a very tough battle with cancer, his parents and siblings were forced to part ways with him.

We can remember our short time together as clear as day. Angel commanded the room with his smile and glowing aura. His presence just had a way of making you instantly feeling comfortable around him. His siblings and mother also just made the room feel so warm and inviting which, in a hospital, is very rare. They're bond was strong and we knew very quickly that although Angel was the one fighting cancer, his family made sure he knew, he wasn't alone.

We joked, we laughed, we had a grand old time. For a moment, the hospital room walls faded away, the beeping of the machines were silenced, and it was just us living in a moment so peaceful, so priceless, so precious.

We'll cherish that forever.

Rest in heaven Angel and please, everyone pray for Angels family to find strength and be overcome by an overwhelming sense of peace through all the difficult days ahead. πŸ™πŸΌ

#Angel #AngelInHeaven #PediatricCancerAwareness #MoreThan4 #NotGoodBye #SeeYouLater #SpiderMan #HeartOfaHero

Today marks 4 years since this sweet young girl gained her angel wings. Melody was just 6 years old when she passed afte...
07/20/2021

Today marks 4 years since this sweet young girl gained her angel wings. Melody was just 6 years old when she passed after a tough and strong battle against the pediatric brain tumor known as DIPG. We were blessed enough to know and spend time with her and befriend her amazing family.

Melody found a special place in our hearts and we did everything in our power at Heart Of a Hero to make her smile and laugh. Although 4 years seems like a long time, it's definitely NOT in the terms of such a huge loss and we know without a shadow of a doubt that her parents, her sisters, and her close family/friends are feeling that today.

Please take some time out of your day to send prayers of peace to all of their hearts and if you'd be so kind, donate to the link below IN HONOR OF MELODY to help bring this monster down by funding the research to find its cure! Thank you and God Bless. We all miss you very much Melody! Fly high angel! πŸ™πŸΌ

Donate at ➑️ https://defeatdipg.org/donate/

#SweetMelody #DIPG #Melody #FindaCure #MoreThan4 #PediatricCancerAwareness

Today marks 4 years since this sweet young girl gained her angel wings. Melody was just 6 years old when she passed after a tough and strong battle against the pediatric brain tumor known as DIPG. We were blessed enough to know and spend time with her and befriend her amazing family.

Melody found a special place in our hearts and we did everything in our power at Heart Of a Hero to make her smile and laugh. Although 4 years seems like a long time, it's definitely NOT in the terms of such a huge loss and we know without a shadow of a doubt that her parents, her sisters, and her close family/friends are feeling that today.

Please take some time out of your day to send prayers of peace to all of their hearts and if you'd be so kind, donate to the link below IN HONOR OF MELODY to help bring this monster down by funding the research to find its cure! Thank you and God Bless. We all miss you very much Melody! Fly high angel! πŸ™πŸΌ

Donate at ➑️ https://defeatdipg.org/donate/

#SweetMelody #DIPG #Melody #FindaCure #MoreThan4 #PediatricCancerAwareness

The deepest connections I've ever made are with children and young adults who aren't able to communicate in conventional...
07/12/2021

The deepest connections I've ever made are with children and young adults who aren't able to communicate in conventional ways. In a world filled with people who rarely dig beneath the surface of what our lives have to offer, this can be a difficult concept to grasp.

Over the years, regardless of who's in front of me, I've honed in on my gift to reach, see, and speak to the soul swimming behind the eyes of our identities. It's a beautiful place to meet and sit with children and adults alike. It's detaching from who we are physically. For a lot of people, that means freedom from only being recognized by what ails them. Freedom from that dehumanization. It's a separation from those categories and or labels a world less understanding places upon them. A place where we're just two equals because in fact, we are.

While in that place, I say "I see you. The real you." While in that place, I listen. You tell me your dreams, frustrations, and feelings. Together we laugh, cry, smile, and enjoy the brief escape from the outside world we must soon return to. You're beautiful whether we're here or there and I feel extremely honored to be your friend. All that is physical is temporary and I know with all my heart, the place we meet is eternal. ❀

- Spider-Man

#BeneathTheSurface #Souls #Love #WhatsReal #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan

The deepest connections I've ever made are with children and young adults who aren't able to communicate in conventional ways. In a world filled with people who rarely dig beneath the surface of what our lives have to offer, this can be a difficult concept to grasp.

Over the years, regardless of who's in front of me, I've honed in on my gift to reach, see, and speak to the soul swimming behind the eyes of our identities. It's a beautiful place to meet and sit with children and adults alike. It's detaching from who we are physically. For a lot of people, that means freedom from only being recognized by what ails them. Freedom from that dehumanization. It's a separation from those categories and or labels a world less understanding places upon them. A place where we're just two equals because in fact, we are.

While in that place, I say "I see you. The real you." While in that place, I listen. You tell me your dreams, frustrations, and feelings. Together we laugh, cry, smile, and enjoy the brief escape from the outside world we must soon return to. You're beautiful whether we're here or there and I feel extremely honored to be your friend. All that is physical is temporary and I know with all my heart, the place we meet is eternal. ❀

- Spider-Man

#BeneathTheSurface #Souls #Love #WhatsReal #HeartOfaHero #SpiderMan

4 years ago yesterday (7/11) this little guy left this earth at just 3 years of age after a battle with a cancerous brai...
07/12/2021

4 years ago yesterday (7/11) this little guy left this earth at just 3 years of age after a battle with a cancerous brain tumor. Sebastian was such a sweet, loving, excited young man who we had the pleasure of becoming friends with behind the mask of one of his favorite superheroes.

Our favorite memory is when we made one of our visits to him and brought a buncha toys over (as we always did). His face was so happy, he could hardly contain himself. We must have brought about 12 new toys to him and all he kept saying as spidey showed him everything one by one was "open! open!". In fact, we can still hear his voice saying that after all these years.

We miss Sebastian dearly but, we're sure it doesn't compare to the way his mother, father, and family miss him. With billionaires like Jeff Bezos , Elon musk , and Richard Branson racing to space to better mankind, we can't help but think, this life WONT be better on ANY planet, in ANY galaxy, of ANY universe if we don't figure out how to end pediatric cancer in kids.

Until we meet again little buddy. We miss you, we love you, and we'll keep walking in your honor. ✊🏼 Rest in Heaven Sebastian πŸ™πŸΌ

#Sebastian #PediatricCancerAwareness #HeartOfaHero #IfBillionaresCared #MoreThan4 #Love #Kindness

4 years ago yesterday (7/11) this little guy left this earth at just 3 years of age after a battle with a cancerous brain tumor. Sebastian was such a sweet, loving, excited young man who we had the pleasure of becoming friends with behind the mask of one of his favorite superheroes.

Our favorite memory is when we made one of our visits to him and brought a buncha toys over (as we always did). His face was so happy, he could hardly contain himself. We must have brought about 12 new toys to him and all he kept saying as spidey showed him everything one by one was "open! open!". In fact, we can still hear his voice saying that after all these years.

We miss Sebastian dearly but, we're sure it doesn't compare to the way his mother, father, and family miss him. With billionaires like Jeff Bezos , Elon musk , and Richard Branson racing to space to better mankind, we can't help but think, this life WONT be better on ANY planet, in ANY galaxy, of ANY universe if we don't figure out how to end pediatric cancer in kids.

Until we meet again little buddy. We miss you, we love you, and we'll keep walking in your honor. ✊🏼 Rest in Heaven Sebastian πŸ™πŸΌ

#Sebastian #PediatricCancerAwareness #HeartOfaHero #IfBillionaresCared #MoreThan4 #Love #Kindness

Visiting and getting to know so many children and their parents who are battling such awful odds and diseases changes yo...
07/08/2021

Visiting and getting to know so many children and their parents who are battling such awful odds and diseases changes you from the inside out. Your heart changes and then your perspective follows.

Children are special because of their innocence. They haven't been stained by the turmoils of life or the world yet. They wear everything they're feeling on the surface. When a child has gone (or goes through) a traumatic experience, they're true exuberant self gets buried a little beneath that surface. After months and years of fighting, hurting, and feeling down, it takes some digging to bring they're true self back to the light of day but, it's possible and they're still in there. It's amazing to watch it happen in real time for both the kids and parents.

Witnessing and being part of this amazing cycle of breakthroughs in kids made us look at adults differently too. We've realized that all being an adult really means is that the inner child hasn't been outgrown but, just buried deeper. By the time we're adults, we've experienced so many trials, tribulations, and trauma while pushing it all down to maintain and do our jobs, pay our bills, take care of others, and more, that our purest of selves (the child in us) is submerged but not gone.

It's difficult to hate people when you can see their inner child, no matter how deeply submerged, and understand that their actions may simply be a product of what was done to them in a world that neglected their pain early on.

A clear cut path to unearthing that beautiful, lively, dreamer of an inner child still within yourself is to pursue your passions, hobbies, and interests. You can be that child at heart, a responsible adult, and practice more compassion simultaneously. We encourage it πŸ˜‰

#HeartOfaHero

Visiting and getting to know so many children and their parents who are battling such awful odds and diseases changes you from the inside out. Your heart changes and then your perspective follows.

Children are special because of their innocence. They haven't been stained by the turmoils of life or the world yet. They wear everything they're feeling on the surface. When a child has gone (or goes through) a traumatic experience, they're true exuberant self gets buried a little beneath that surface. After months and years of fighting, hurting, and feeling down, it takes some digging to bring they're true self back to the light of day but, it's possible and they're still in there. It's amazing to watch it happen in real time for both the kids and parents.

Witnessing and being part of this amazing cycle of breakthroughs in kids made us look at adults differently too. We've realized that all being an adult really means is that the inner child hasn't been outgrown but, just buried deeper. By the time we're adults, we've experienced so many trials, tribulations, and trauma while pushing it all down to maintain and do our jobs, pay our bills, take care of others, and more, that our purest of selves (the child in us) is submerged but not gone.

It's difficult to hate people when you can see their inner child, no matter how deeply submerged, and understand that their actions may simply be a product of what was done to them in a world that neglected their pain early on.

A clear cut path to unearthing that beautiful, lively, dreamer of an inner child still within yourself is to pursue your passions, hobbies, and interests. You can be that child at heart, a responsible adult, and practice more compassion simultaneously. We encourage it πŸ˜‰

#HeartOfaHero

American independence day. That day on July 4th, 1776 did not mark the end of all of our problems as a country. It didn'...
07/04/2021

American independence day.

That day on July 4th, 1776 did not mark the end of all of our problems as a country. It didn't mean freedom for everyone. That day did not give rights to so many people BUT, what it did do was give us (as a nation of its people) the freedom and platform to pursue all of those things and more! It was an incredible milestone and the beginning of an ongoing and infinite motion in progressing forward.

Present day, our great country still isn't without its issues. It isn't without its turmoil. In fact, it's been messy as of late but, the most difficult of times brings forth the most growth. Although it all didn't happen on July 4th, 1776, we're in a country that ended slavery, ended segregation, gave women rights, and gave all Americans a voice via their vote. Does all of that insinuate that we're done and there's no more work to be done? NO, absolutely not. It does however serve as the proof that in America, it CAN be done. That makes us proud to be Americans.

In closing, although of great importance, we believe July 4th 1776 was not our plateau. As we celebrate American Independence Day, let us not simply celebrate where it began but, also how far we've come and how far we as a nation will inevitably go thanks to the freedom's so many fought for on and off the battlefield.

Have a great 4th, be safe out there, and keep those shades on because the future is bright 😎!! #FourthOfJuly #America #4thOfJuly

American independence day.

That day on July 4th, 1776 did not mark the end of all of our problems as a country. It didn't mean freedom for everyone. That day did not give rights to so many people BUT, what it did do was give us (as a nation of its people) the freedom and platform to pursue all of those things and more! It was an incredible milestone and the beginning of an ongoing and infinite motion in progressing forward.

Present day, our great country still isn't without its issues. It isn't without its turmoil. In fact, it's been messy as of late but, the most difficult of times brings forth the most growth. Although it all didn't happen on July 4th, 1776, we're in a country that ended slavery, ended segregation, gave women rights, and gave all Americans a voice via their vote. Does all of that insinuate that we're done and there's no more work to be done? NO, absolutely not. It does however serve as the proof that in America, it CAN be done. That makes us proud to be Americans.

In closing, although of great importance, we believe July 4th 1776 was not our plateau. As we celebrate American Independence Day, let us not simply celebrate where it began but, also how far we've come and how far we as a nation will inevitably go thanks to the freedom's so many fought for on and off the battlefield.

Have a great 4th, be safe out there, and keep those shades on because the future is bright 😎!! #FourthOfJuly #America #4thOfJuly

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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
Mellissa Rae .....❣️