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COLD SPRING -- Eirk and Shannon Koenig went through what every parent fears -- the loss of their child.

On August 16, 2011 their four-year-old son, Nicholas lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

"We spent about 14 months solid at the hospital with him," says Erik.

Since then Erik and Shannon founded the Autumn H.E.R.O Festival as a way help other families get the same support they received.

"We knew immediately that we wanted to start a foundation and raise some money for Pediatric Cancer."

The foundation is a non-profit organization for families dealing with pediatric cancer.

From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. this evening (Friday) people can enjoy games, a raffle, live music, dinner, as well as meet Captain Jack Sparrow (a character Nicholas admired).

"Our theme for the event is pirates cause Nicholas loved the Pirates of the Caribbean movies," says Shannon.

Shannon says that event helps heal and honor their son and that Nicholas would have loved all there was to do.

"I know if he was here, he would just be in awe."

If you would like more information about the foundation visit www.NPKHEROFOUNDATION.org.


People look over the silent auction items at the Autumn H.E.R.O Festival. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)