Board of Directors
heARTs for ART works to increase awareness of pediatric cancer, raise funds so that “other kids don’t get sick” and to provide support to families with children that are currently fighting cancer.
heARTs for ART received their 501c3 designation in 2015.
Our daughter Samantha was diagnosed with AML at age 10 and throughout that fight I can remember being in the hospital during treatment and thinking “this would be so much harder without our family, friends and support system”. We want to be able to reach out to other families fighting leukemia and honor their stories, raise awareness, provide support and raise money to fund research- making a difference in the fight against pediatric leukemia!
Perry and I have 4 children; Samantha, Daniel, Angelina and Delilah. We keep very busy with their activities, taking camping trips and being involved in our church.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree from South Dakota State University and have worked at a non-profit company in Collin County for over 15 years assisting individuals with disabilities find employment. I also hold a certificate in Non-Profit Management.
In the summer of 2001, our 7th grade Sunday School class threw a fabulous double baby shower for my husband and myself, and our dear friends, the Schmidts. Our friends and co-Sunday School teachers were expecting their first child, a girl, less than 3 months before we were expecting ours. Samantha and Ruby would grow up together in our little church – first in the nursery, then later in their own Sunday School classes, VBS, choir, Christmas Pageants and anything else that was happening in that fun and safe place.
When our girls were 9 years old, Samantha was diagnosed with a pre-leukemia condition that would later become full-blown AML. It was frightening news. Just four years prior we had lost my niece to cancer when she, Sam and Ruby were 5. I couldn’t imagine this happening to the Schmidts. It was now my turn to do what I could to help them, as they had been such a tremendous support to our family. As Samantha’s conditioned worsened, several of us decided to do something to show Samantha how much she was loved, and how many people were praying for her. In three short weeks, the first heARTs for ART event was born. People from all over chipped in and showed up for Sam. I feel privileged to continue this fight for Sam, and for all the other families who are battling right now.
When I’m not working on heARTs for ART, I like to spend time with my husband John, our daughters Ruby and Estee, and our boxer pup, Yukon. I have a degree from Texas A&M in Industrial Engineering, and 10 years experience in engineering and IT. In 2017 I completed my Texas teacher certification and am currently teaching Principles of Engineering (9th grade).
Samantha Schmidt's leukemia diagnosis in 2011 hit our family hard. We had been neighbors and friends of her family since 2002. She was our daughter's best friend. Her Mom is my best friend. We walked that horrific road with them as best we could. It was difficult trying to explain to our kids how all we could do was pray and continue to be good friends. Then some mutual friends of the Schmidts called me and explained that they wanted to organize “something” and do “something” for the family. In three weeks that group of acquaintances became friends with a vision and the first heARTs for ART event took place! It has been a blessing to raise my children in a community of healing hearts who serve others.
I am proud to serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for heARTs for ART. I also manage our social media presence and am the “go-to” person whenever we need to make a video.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of North Texas. I also own a laser engraving business, Moulden Studios, LLC.
When Sam was about 5 years old, our families began camping together. Being church and camping friends…it wasn’t long after that we started considering the Schmidt’s our “family”.
A favorite camping memory is when Sam and I stayed behind at the campsite relaxing in the shade while everyone else went on a bike ride. We talked about her upcoming ‘double digit’ birthday. She was very excited about turning 10 and being a ‘big’ girl. I remember thinking then how grown up she seemed. Back then it was just another camping trip, just another conversation with “my Sammers”. Now, it’s a very treasured memory that I will never forget.
When Sam was diagnosed with MDS in 2011, we felt absolutely helpless. Walking with the Schmidt’s down this path was very hard for us. Praying seemed to be the only thing I could do. Later, when Sam was diagnosed with AML, I remember praying for more treatment options for her. There seemed to be a real lack of options for Pediatric AML patients.
Then a few friends had an idea of doing ‘something’ for Sam. A fundraiser...finally, something we can “do”. Something good in the face of such frustrating options. Samantha put it all into perspective saying she wanted the funds raised to be used ‘so other kids don’t get sick’. Again, so grown up for being 10 years old.
I am honored to be Treasurer for heARTs for ART. Raising funds to research pediatric leukemia, so that when ‘other kids get sick’, they will have more options for treatment, have resources for traveling for treatment, and hopefully someday, a cure.
When not volunteering with heARTs for ART, I love going to church, high school football games, quilting, and camping with my whole “family”! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University and work as a Senior Programmer Analyst for an Insurance Company in McKinney, Texas.