Helping Families Fight Cancer.
About the Foundation
The Sean F. Hogan Sr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is helping to alleviate some of the financial burden families with children experience after a cancer diagnosis. The Foundation provides assistance with child care expenses for families with a parent or guardian diagnosed with any type of cancer. The Foundation is equally committed to providing financial support for continuing research and education through lectures for public awareness of Cholangiocarcinoma.
Cases in U.S. per Year
Families Helped Since 2015
Memorial Lectures Since 2015
Sean and I officially started dating in March 2009. On our first date, he walked me past his firehouse, Ladder 2 in downtown Philadelphia. Sean was always very proud to be a Philadelphia Firefighter, which was obvious from that first night. We fell in love and our relationship became serious pretty quickly. We moved in together and soon learned that Sean Jr. was on his way. Sean and I would slow dance in our living room and blow kisses to each other from across the room. Sean was 40 and I was 31 when we met, we both waited a long time to find each other and were the perfect match. We were married on October 21, 2011 and about a year later, found out we were expecting our second child. Our happily ever after was just beginning and it seemed as if all of our dreams were coming true.
Shortly after learning I was pregnant with our second child, Sean began to feel symptoms of what we thought was Hepatitis. On November 1, 2012 Sean was officially diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), we learned that the tumor was inoperable and twice the size for a liver transplant. At this time, Sean was 44 years-old. We had been married for one year; Sean Jr. was 18 months old and I was eight weeks pregnant with our second child. During that very first hospitalization at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, we decided that if the baby was a girl, she would be named Faith. We needed to have “Faith” and believe Sean was going to beat cancer in spite of very overwhelming odds. Faith Marie Hogan was born on June 10, 2013 and gave us so much hope. As weak and sick as Sean was, he was in the delivery room and so proud of his baby girl.
During Sean’s battle with cancer, he endured twelve rounds of chemotherapy, twenty-five sessions of radiation treatment, seven endoscopic procedures and numerous hospital stays. It seemed as if everything that could possibly go wrong with Sean’s type of cancer did. However, in September 2013, we learned that the procedures and therapies to help shrink the tumor worked enough that his surgeon could operate. All of our prayers were being answered. Sean survived an intense 18 hour surgery, but sadly I lost him during recovery forty-eight hours later in the Intensive Care Unit on September 23, 2013.
Sean had more friends than most people and his personality was not one easily forgotten. His death has had a profound effect on all of us. Always upbeat, frequently cocky, Sean had an innate ability to light up a room just by walking in. I often felt as if I were treading water and, at times, almost drowning while caring for Sean and our two very small children. My intention with starting this Foundation is to help alleviate some of the burden other families in similar situations experience by providing funds to assist them with childcare expenses. The goal is to let Sean’s light continue to shine by helping other families be SEANstrong. I know that my husband would be proud of our cause.
The Sean Strong Foundation has had the honor of assisting the following families with their financial burden while undergoing treatment at Jefferson University Hospital
Derek was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkins Burkitts Lymphoma in February 2016; he is unable to work for several months while undergoing treatment. Derek has three young children: 8 yrs., 6 yrs., and 15 months old. The Foundation is proud to provide payment for a pool membership and swim lessons for the kids this summer.
Suzanne was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer stage IIIB in May 2015. She had to leave her full-time teaching position to receive treatment at Jefferson. The foundation has helped her with child care expenses for her young children.
Jennifer, one of our latest recipients is a teacher and single mother of two beautiful girls, pictured with her daughters during treatment.
Rachel, a 43 year old mother of four children ages 7 through 16 years was able to enroll her kids in their local YMCA summer camp through the help of the Foundation while undergoing chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer.
Galit, a 43 year old busy mom of 5 and 6 year old girls undergoing chemotherapy treatments for colorectal cancer. We helped her with financial assistance for childcare expenses and peace of mind that children were taken care of in her absence.
Denise, a 46 year old mom with 4 children between the ages of 5 and 12 with breast cancer undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy, two mastectomies and radiation twice a day for 39 treatments. The Foundation helped her with babysitting costs. Mom relied heavily on a babysitter to get her kids to and from school. The foundation was able to assist with those babysitting costs.
Mark, a 42 year old father diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia received a bone marrow transplant in June. The Foundation was able to send his three children to camp this summer during his treatment and recovery.
Lorriena, a 35 year old single mom of three children diagnosed with lymphoma struggling to balance chemotherapy treatments and caretaking responsibilities. The Foundation was able to help send her children to camp while she was undergoing treatment during the summer.
Christopher, a 45 year old father with acute myeloid leukemia recently received a bone marrow transplant. His wife was able to visit him in the hospital without having to worry about childcare for their two children, ages 6 and 12. Camp fees were paid by the Foundation.
Board of Directors
Our Sean Strong team participates in fundraising events throughout the year.
Patricia Anne Hogan | Founder & President
Patty Hogan is a mother, teacher, motivational speaker and cancer advocate. She founded the Sean F. Hogan Sr. Foundation in loving memory of her husband, Sean Hogan. After navigating all the logistical, financial, physical, and emotional adversities of Sean’s cancer battle, Patty wanted to help families struggling in similar circumstances- scheduling appointments, contending with insurance companies, searching for treatment options, caring for young children. She takes pride in providing critical supports for families living with cancer as she strives to improve the statistics of cholangiocarcinoma.
Patty aspires to instill in her children, Sean and Faith, her core belief that no matter how difficult life can be, everyone can strive to make the world a better place. It is Patty’s hope that in securing Sean’s legacy she can make a difference for other families like hers.
Luke could not be more excited to become part of the SEANstrong family. Having worked at Day Camps for most of his life, Luke is extremely passionate about helping children have the most fulfilling childhood possible. Additionally, Luke is passionate about fighting cancer since his good friend and grandfather have recently been diagnosed with cancer. Luke currently resides in Lafayette Hill with his high school sweetheart and their dog Jean.
Barbara is the proud mother of three daughters and nine grandchildren. She is passionate about community service volunteering at her church and shelters and along with her husband, Bill, has visited with and brought meals to the homebound and elderly. As Patty’s aunt, Barbara witnessed the struggles and pain her niece endured while her husband Sean was battling Cholangiocarcinoma. Barbara is honored to play a part in relieving some of the stress others endure during their most difficult times.
Dr. Rani Anne
News & Updates
SeanStrong was featured on Fox29 on May 3rd, 2020! Check out the clip below.
Jonathan R. Brody, Ph.D., Director, Division of Surgical Research, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, “Why Are Certain GI Cancers So Difficult to Treat?”
The Foundation received the Wells Fargo Community Grant at the Fairless Hills branch
Cristina Ferrone, MD, Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, “Cholangiocarcinoma: Past, Present and Future”
Fifty Cedarbrook students, parents and teacher Leah Matusow volunteered in honor of SEANstrong at the Jackson Street water station during the Broad Street Run May 7. (View news post here)
Thank You Corporate Sponsors
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PO Box 16053
Philadelphia, PA 19114