Many of us know local children and families that have been affected by childhood cancer. Doctors and nurses work hard to cure patients’ cancers, but families need more than medical help to get them through this difficult time. This is the point at which the Leia’s Kids Foundation intervenes. The foundation provides direct support to children and their families who are facing the often overwhelming childhood cancer pathway.
Leia’s Kids honors each child and their family through a Crown-A-Kid party. This is a time to celebrate and encourage the child and family in the biggest battle of their lives.
Each child receives a $1,000.00 donation from the Leia’s Kids Foundation.
Offer emotional support and connect families together to form a community. We walk with families because we understand what it’s like to have a child with cancer.
Leia’s Kids focus on the whole family because cancer affects everyone! (Sometimes fighting cancer comes in the form of doing the dishes or babysitting your younger siblings while mom and dad are at the hospital.)
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. All donations are tax write-offs.
Leia Therese Hunt, Leia’s Kids Founder, advocates for childhood cancer awareness through her faith-filled inspirational message, not only to those battling cancer, but to community groups, religious groups, corporations and educational institutions.
Leia T. Hunt is a 2x childhood cancer survivor, founder of the nonprofit known as Leia’s Kids, podcast host, inspirational speaker, and author of My Battle Plan Journal. Leia was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer when she was two years old. Leia’s battle with childhood cancer resulted in her undergoing 26 surgical procedures, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and ultimately the insertion of a radioactive plaque in her left eye. The radiation ultimately defeated her cancer but left her blind in the left eye. These circumstances defined Leia’s life. Leia says her cancer battle truly began as she grew up with side effects from treatment, being half-blind and navigating her youth knowing she was different.
Leia has turned the devastation of her childhood cancer into a testimony of hope and faith. Leia is passionate about sharing her story and has embraced the opportunity to speak at various events. Leia’s unique perspective on surviving and thriving is a story that she is willing to share with others.
Leia founded Leia’s Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit at 18 years old, while a senior in high school. Leia grew up hosting lemonade stands, school fundraisers, and more for childhood cancer awareness! However, as she got older she knew she survived cancer for a reason and wanted to do more for God’s kingdom! She wanted to meet these families and look them in the eyes to tell them they can turn this negative situation into something positive. This led to the beginning of her calling and purpose on this earth. To help those suffering to find hope and bring glory to God through our trials on earth. Leia’s Kids gives financial donations to families but also hosts dream parties for fighters and siblings.
Currently, at the age of 22, Leia runs Leia’s Kids full time along with working towards a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M Commerce University.
Barry is the father of four children and resides with his wife and kids in Frisco, Texas. Barry is HVAC Service Manager at Milestone Home Service Co. He joined Leia’s Kids to be part of a movement to change lives affected by childhood cancer.
The part of this organization he enjoys the most is the joy on families faces as we are blessing them and their child/children during this difficult time. Fun Fact: Veggie platters with ranch is his favorite snack.
Banner resides in St. Petersburg, FL where he hopes to start a family with his fiancé, Haley, and oversized golden retriever, Cliff. Banner joined Leia’s Kids because of personal experiences he has gone through with friends and family members battling cancer. Banner is a Wealth Advisor for Sagace Wealth Management. Banner’s favorite thing about Leia’s Kids is seeing those kiddos face light up when they are crowned at their party.