Heart of Gold helps to fight kids’ cancer

By Malaika Randolph

Staff Writer

Heart of Gold is a student organization working to fight pediatric cancer. Last year, Heart of Gold revealed that it raised $11,875.70 for Baylor Scott and White McLane Children’s Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“It’s something that fills us with joy and makes us want to come back the following year and do it all again – just for the kids,” last year’s co-president, Giselle Reyes said during a virtual reveal via Facebook and Instagram.

Heart of Gold hosts dance marathons, concessions, and visits to McLane Children’s Medical Center so that volunteers can meet children they have helped to support. To raise money, members have sold candles and bracelets while partnering with local businesses.

The organization also supports other causes like PRO (People Realizing Opportunity) with an annual Nutcracker Ballet, which is presented by children with special needs.

Dr. Don Owens has been a co-faculty advisor alongside Dr. Langford for three years.

“My favorite part of Heart of Gold is the mission,”  Owens said.  “One of the key things we have done that I think is paramount – is the activities for children at [McLane Children’s Medical Center].”

“One of my favorite things is the “Dance Marathon,”  Owens said. “The children get a break from the hospital for a couple of hours. We normally have game booths, food stands, popcorn, and Disney characters walking around.”

The dance marathon is normally held at the end of March, but it will likely be cancelled this year ,

“COVID kind of messed a lot of campus clubs up,” Owens said. “A lot of our projects most likely won’t be back in full force again ‘till the fall, but we are organizing, rebuilding and restarting.’”

Heart of Gold kicked off the year Wednesday, Jan. 12 with a student interest meeting in Parker Academic Center.  Fourteen students attended, leaving the club optimistic. Owens said that the Heart of Gold is always looking for more volunteers and business sponsors to support the cause. If interested, reach out to Professor Owens at  dowens@umhb.edu,and/or Professor Langford at clangford@umhb.edu.

Author: The Bells Staff

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