Carson Higgins Memorial Foundation
Founded in 2017, the Carson Higgins Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that enhances the quality of life for children facing cancer and other life challenges by funding programs that provide therapeutic, medical and educational opportunities.
The programs we support are inspired by the interests and passions of Carson Gene Higgins, who courageously faced neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that affects the body’s nervous system. While Carson’s life was short, it was rich with faith, hope, love, and strength. His examples of kindness and generosity encourage us to live and love richly, to take each day as a gift, and to give generously.
With your help, we can bring hope to other families facing difficult and sometimes devastating life challenges.
When the doctor says, “Your child has cancer,” your world falls apart. As a parent, your entire focus is on doing all you can to make your child well.
John and Debbie Higgins know first-hand the anxiety, fear, stress and focus that overwhelm a family when they are told their child is gravely ill. Their son Carson was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma at the age of three. With four other children to care for, John and Debbie were blessed with the support of family, friends and strangers in the community who provided meals, lawn care and other assistance throughout Carson’s journey.
They also realize how precious every moment is.
It is in this spirit of “paying it forward” – a concept that Carson, who lived a life rich in love, faith, kindness, and generosity, embraced in his 12 years – that the Carson Higgins Memorial Foundation supports programs and services that enhance families’ experiences and the quality of life for children facing cancer and other life challenges.
Having experienced the sorrows and joys of Carson’s journey, John, Debbie and their family bring their insight and commitment to CHMF to help others as they were helped.
The 5th Annual Carson Higgins Memorial Golf Outing, presented by Courier Express One and the Higgins Family, raised more than $140,000 for the Carson Higgins Memorial Foundation.
Nick Guilda enjoys paying it forward in many ways. He volunteers at the American Red Cross and at his church’s vacation bible school, so much so he’s been called a “super volunteer.” He has also tutored classmates as a member of Mu Alpha Theta.
“When we learned how Augment Therapy could improve outcomes for hospitalized children, we knew we needed to help get this technology to Cleveland area kids,” John Higgins, CHMF co-founder said.