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3027 gifts
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Raised for Local Nonprofits
3027 gifts
Totaling $620,033.29

Hopecam Inc

Specific Need

Each year, close to 16,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer and undergo treatments that dramatically limit their ability to go to school. On average, Hopecam children miss between 136 and 180 days of school.  Among the first side-effects is isolation from their classmates.  Hopecam gives each child a tablet computer, Internet access if the family is without, and then works with the child's school, providing them with needed equipment and support.  71% of our students attend Title 1 schools and over 50% live in homes that cannot afford internet access – we provide all equipment at no charge to the family or school. Hopecam helps to bridge the digital divide for not just the child, but for all family members during this difficult time.

Mission

Hopecam's mission is to overcome the social isolation experienced by children diagnosed with cancer through the use of tablets, laptops, and internet technologies to connect the child with his or her school. 

Profile

With modern technology and coordination through families, teachers and healthcare providers, Hopecam links children with cancer to the lives they had before their diagnosis, acting as a bridge toward recovery.  To accomplish our mission, Hopecam provides each child with a tablet or laptop pre-programmed with the Zoom conferencing app.  If the family does not have Internet access in their home, Hopecam provides it while the child is undergoing treatment. Hopecam then works one-on-one with each school to secure and facilitate their participation.  Schools are given web cameras and laptops, template permission forms, lesson plans and outreach resources. Hopecam provides all equipment at no charge to the family or school.

 

Hopecam is one of the only charitable organizations in the United States that provides a full-spectrum of service to ensure technology is used to bring sick children together with their classrooms and friends. Other charities may give a child with cancer a tablet but Hopecam takes the extra step of ensuring a successful connection. Staff and volunteers work one-on-one with each school’s administrators, IT Department, counselors and teachers to make this connection happen.  Most schools are eager to connect with the child, but each school and each school district has their own rules about privacy, technology and “red tape”.  Hopecam works hard to cut through objections and provide information about the benefits of connecting that assuage educators’ fears. With coordination from family and teachers, Hopecam helps each school identify the best time and scenario to connect—from morning announcements to A.P. History to lunch bunch in a counselor’s office.  A Hopecam team member is assigned to every child and every school, providing monthly and quarterly check-ins to answer questions and assist with any challenges that might occur along the way. Once a child is connected, Hopecam remains as a resource for school officials and families while the child cannot attend school. 

 

Hopecam was founded in 2003 when Reston-based entrepreneur, Len Forkas, learned that his 9-year-old son had leukemia. Len’s heart ached as he witnessed Matt’s loneliness and social isolation while undergoing treatment.  In an era long before Skype or Zoom, Len arranged for a remote electronic connection that made it possible for Matt to see his third-grade classmates. The connection did wonders for Matt’s spirits. It also marked the beginning of something much bigger.  Over the past 17 years, Hopecam has connected over 2,500 children to more than 40,000 classmates in the U.S. This is great progress – but we have more work to do.

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12100 Sunset Hills Rd C-10
Reston VA 20190
Phone: 5713131200

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