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Hope for Henry Foundation brings cheer to local hospitalized children

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A local couple is helping some very sick children in the metro area by giving them a dose of the best medicine—laughter.

In the 10 years since Laurie Strongin and Allen Goldberg lost their little boy, Henry, to a rare genetic disease, they’ve been committed to making life easier and happier for other hospitalized children.

A little bit of fun goes a long way for children whose days are filled with needles, pills, and painful treatments.

From tiny hospital gowns to superhero capes of their very own, the children’s hospital experience is just slightly more lighthearted.

14 year old Alex Buckman, has aplastic anemia and spends a lot of time at Georgetown University Hospital.

For at least one day, five year old Brandon Mon doesn't have to think about his lymphoma treatments.

“Oh he loves it. It makes coming to the hospital more comfortable. He sees it as a fun place rather than a place he gets hurt,” said Brandon’s father, Richard Mon.

Many of the children at a party being held at the party, hosted by the "Hope For Henry Foundation, are still hooked up to IV machines.

But, the parties and activities helps the children feel like other kids, which is what Henry's parents learned during his two and a half years in the hospital.

“We really figured out how to have great days in the hospital,” Laurie Strongin, the founder of the Hope for Henry Foundation, said.

Henry's parents say their son lives on—in the laughter of the children they throw parties for every month.

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