When it comes to supporting children with cancer, it's personal.
All proceeds of speaking engagements support Hopecam.
When Len Forkas' son Matt was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002, one of the first side affects was that Matt could not return to school. At the toughest time in his life, Matt could not be with his friends. He felt lonely and isolated. Forkas put a computer with a WebCam in his sons play room and another in his third-grade classroom. This was before Skype and FaceTime had been invented. Seeing the remarkable change in Matt's attitude and outlook persuaded Forkas to form Hopecam so that other children could stay connected with classmates while being treated for cancer.
In 2012 hundreds of donors contributed over $300,000 supporting Len's effort to compete in the 36th annual Race across America, a 3000 miles solo bicycle race. With those resources, Hopecam exponentially increased the number of children it serves from 50 to 250 per year. Over 70% of Hopecam children attend title one schools and over 50% receive treatment at St Jude's children's hospital. Since 2002 Hopecam has connected over 1,000 children to over 10,000 classmates and 44 states. Hopecam has over 50 hospital partners. In 2014, Len published the Book "What Spins the Wheel". He has spoken to over 100 corporations and associations in 10 states raising over $300,0000. Over 10,000 copies of the books are in print.
In 2017, Len is once again competing in Race across America with the goal of raising $1 million to help connect the next 1000 children.