The HERO Fund

Help Eliminate and Remove Obstacles for pediatric patients in McLeod Children’s Hospital

The HERO Fund has been established to meet many of the pressing needs of children who receive care in the McLeod Children’s Hospital.

Gifts in support of the HERO Fund are used to bridge the gap for children and their families who are experiencing financial struggles. As these needs are often immediate, the HERO Fund will be set up to screen and approve referrals received from the Children’s Hospital staff without delay.

Your gifts will be used to help with services such as providing formula for babies going home from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) prior to receiving community resources, clothing for children who are victims of trauma or abuse, specialized car seats for children with disabilities, bridging the gap for pediatric  medications and many other unique and pressing needs.

Children and their families will receive assistance when they need it most because of generous donors to the HERO Fund.

Please join these vital efforts now.

  • Hero Fund Advisory Committee

    Jennifer Yacoubian, Chair
    Vicki Chung
    Claudette Jones
    Judy Kammer
    Laura Marechal
    Rachel McCormick
    Shirley Meiere
    Liz Moore
    Korinne Piccolo

  • You Can Be A HERO

    Removing Obstacles for Children

    “Life’s a peach.”

    It’s more than a slogan for the McLeod family of McBee, South Carolina. Peaches have grown on McLeod Farms since 1916. Owner Kemp McLeod represents the fourth generation to work the family orchards, providing the Pee Dee Region with its fill of peaches every year.


    But, it’s through corn that the McLeods are now helping children in the region.

    Sitting around the family table one evening discussing the farm’s upcoming Corn Maze, Kemp suggested they use it to impact others. After some discussion, the family decided half of the proceeds from the 2019 Corn Maze would support McLeod Children’s Hospital through the McLeod Health Foundation.

    In particular, proceeds would help establish the new HERO (Help Eliminate and Remove Obstacles) Fund to provide assistance for immediate needs, such as diapers, transportation and medications.

    “The HERO Fund will help children going through difficult situations,” said Kemp. “My daughter-in-law is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse and sees the need every day.”

    Prompted by his grandson’s love of super heroes, Kemp began Googling comic book characters. He became intrigued by the Avengers Super Heroes, to whom he compared the heroic children and staff at McLeod Children’s Hospital, where all of his grandchildren were born.

    Thus, the “AMAZERS” Corn Maze was born.

    “We cut the McLeod Children’s Hospital logo into the AMAZERS Corn Maze,” explained Rachel McCormick, Kemp’s daughter. “Facts about the Children’s Hospital were placed throughout the maze. We wanted people to understand what the Maze was supporting so they would be willing to support my Dad’s vision to help the children.”

    In the end, 4,292 people explored the AMAZERS Corn Maze.

    “My father has always been a big dreamer,” Rachel said. “The incredible turnout for the Corn Maze made his dream of helping children come true.”