RICHMOND - Some local heroes are fighting back against childhood cancer. The


"Nicholas P. Koenig H.E.R.O. Foundation" is a non-profit based in Richmond.

Nicholas died from a form of leukemia in August of 2011, and the foundation was officially formed a year later.

They give monetary donations to families who have a child diagnosed with cancer.  Erik Koenig says they also help in other ways.

We have a permanently endowed scholarship fund through the University of Minnesota Medical School that goes to local students going into the field of pediatric oncology.  And then we also have our flagship project the adopt-a-room program through the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

Koenig says they have a couple big fundraisers coming up in June including a golf

tournament with Northwestern Mutual Insurance, and an event at Third Street Brewhouse.

We're a part of the Third Street Brewhouse and their 5th anniversary party on Saturday, June 17th from 11-5.  We're going to serve the food during the event.

Koenig says one of their big annual fundraisers is a bean bag tournament, which they just held earlier this month in Cold Spring. Another big event for them is the Autumn HERO Festival in October during MEA weekend.