A Q&A with Heidi Hartung-Rispoli of Josephine's Garden
Posted on September 25 2018
Heidi Hartung-Rispoli is an artist, activist, motivator, mother and visionary. With a passion for living, feeling, being, and doing, Hartung-Rispoli has made it her mission to raise awareness and secure research funding for children and families living with pediatric cancer because her daughter Josephine, on September 19 2010, at the age of six was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor. After six rounds of high dose chemo, six weeks of daily radiation to her brain and spine, multiple surgeries and transfusions, Josephine died 13 months later on October 23, 2011. Josephine spent over 250 days in-patient. 43 children are diagnosed each DAY with cancer and more than seven die EVERYDAY! Brain tumors are the number one killer of children next to accidents. Less than 4% of the NCI budget goes to childhood cancer research!
"I must be their voice... we must be their voice!" - Heidi Hartung-Rispoli
Can you share with us how Josephine's Garden was created?
What does Josephine's Garden fund currently?
How has the Josephine Signature Stripe impacted the local community?
What are the ways that you continue to grow your effort in pediatric cancer advocacy?
How can others get involved with this cause?
Do you have any advice for others whose lives may be impacted by pediatric cancer?