Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care. Founded in 2003 and led by social innovator, patient advocate and author Laurie Strongin, Hope for Henry has served more than 16,000 children at Children's National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, and other hospitals around the country.
Hope for Henry honors the legacy of Henry Strongin Goldberg, a Washington, DC resident who died at age seven of a rare, fatal disease.
Carolyn Schneiders Fung has been a part of the Hope for Henry team since 2012. She became a Child Life Specialist in 2008, following the completion of her internship at Children’s National Medical Center. Carolyn began her career at Duke University Medical in Durham, NC. She discovered her passion for working with children and teenagers receiving solid organ transplants, and helped pilot a child life position within the adult lung transplant team. Additionally, Carolyn managed the Pets at Duke Pet Therapy Program, introduced the Beads of Courage Serious Illness Program, and built relationships with community donors.
In 2012, she was hired to work at Children’s National Medical Center, becoming Hope for Henry’s first full-time, in-hospital staff member. In that role, she provided services alongside with the hospital’s top-notch child-life team, delivered Hope for Henry’s unique and exciting programming, and worked to create new programs to improve patient well-being and outcomes. Building on Hope for Henry’s special focus on play, learning, child development, and advocacy, Carolyn helped create the new patient incentives program—Hope for Henry’s Super Path to Super Duper Better.
In the spring of 2016, Carolyn became the first-ever program director for Hope for Henry, and she currently oversees Hope for Henry programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Jess Murray has been a Child Life Specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for five years and has been part of the Hope for Henry team since 2013. Jess pursued a background in psychology after knowing she wanted to be a child life specialist at a young age. As a child, Jess’s sister was in and out of the hospital and as difficult as that was for Jess and her family, her memories are overwhelmingly positive because of the impact wonderful child life specialists they met during that time. Jess believes that the Hope for Henry programs provide an escape from the normally mundane, scary hospital life and allow hospitalized children to be normal kids who do normal kid things, like attend a movie night or trick-or-treat on Halloween.
Laurie Strongin is founder and CEO of the Washington, DC-based Hope for Henry Foundation. Laurie’s work with Hope for Henry and the memoir she published, “Saving Henry,” have placed her at the forefront of supporting the rights of patients and their families and the responsible use of new medical technologies.
Laurie’s advocacy has led her to service on the nation’s preeminent science policy and bioethics panels – including her participation on the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases. Her activism has produced op-eds in national newspapers; appearances on television and radio; collaborations with Congressional leadership; and recognition from the White House. An in-demand inspirational speaker, Laurie has been featured as a People magazine “Heroes Among Us” and was the subject of profiles in the USA Today and the Washington Post.