Blue Bird Missy Herndon Honored as a Hometown Hero
“We are literally in a race against time,” said Missy Herndon, winner of the Interfaith of The Woodlands’ 2012 Hometown Hero award. With so many children waiting for a cure that can only come through essential donations, and the Blue Bird Circle’s biggest annual fundraising event just weeks away, the Blue Bird Circle couldn’t agree more.
Blue Bird Circle member Missy Herndon has taken a front-line role in raising awareness and funds for the Blue Bird Circle Clinic of Neurology, one of many volunteer efforts that led to her selection as a 2012 Hometown Hero. “Missy is truly a unique woman with a heart the size of Texas,” Nicole Murphy, fellow resident of The Woodlands said. Herndon, who has raised more than $850,000 locally for Juvenile Batten Disease, honored for her history of volunteerism, leadership and courage coupled with her strong dedication to public service. Those shared values led Herndon to a partnership with The Blue Bird Circle Clinic of Neurology in 2010.
Herndon, pictured at right, is presented with the 2012 Interfaith of The Woodlands Hometown Hero Award.
“It is really promising that we’ve got a group of researchers here that are exclusively focused on Batten Disease,” said Herndon. “We can really make the most of the time and the resources that we have here,” she said. Herndon’s son, Will, was diagnosed in 2009 with the rare neurological disorder that carries a prognosis of blindness, immobility, dementia and ultimately death by the late teens or early 20’s. Shortly after the diagnosis, Herndon formed The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research and then joined forces with Texas Children’s Hospital to recruit elite researchers to Texas to focus on the disease that currently has no treatment or cure. The race against time keeps Herndon focused on fundraising efforts in hopes that help can be discovered in time for her son. With their upcoming fundraisers, Herndon says they are on track to reach the $1 million mark by the end of 2012.
It is members like Herndon who have made The Blue Bird Circle so successful at making a huge impact on neurological disease research. Fundraising efforts, led by volunteers like Herndon with a strong passion and commitment to the organization, have proven extremely successful over the organization’s nearly 90 year history. “You will at some point be connected to somebody that has one of these horrible conditions,” said Herndon. Community involvement via donation, volunteer work or attendance at the upcoming Blue Bird Circle Gala is critical to finding new treatments and cures for devastating neurological diseases.
Table sponsorships for the 2012 Mark of Excellence Gala, a time-honored Houston event that raises funds for the organization, are available now. The Gala is to be held on October 19, 2012.
Herndon also serves for The Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties, Inc., (JLNHSMC), the JLNHSMC Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show, the American Heart Association Heart Ball, The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala and numerous other charity walks, luncheons, galas and events to support local philanthropic efforts in The Woodlands, TX