Apr 02, 2024

Salina non-profit leader wins 2024 Remarkable Women award

Posted Apr 02, 2024 7:03 PM
<b>Nexstar's Remarkable Women Initative</b>
Nexstar's Remarkable Women Initative


On Tuesday KSN announced the winner of its 2024 Remarkable Women initiative, Heidi Feyerherm-Smith — a Salina local .

Heidi is the founder and executive director of the Love, Chloe Foundation, a local non-profit that serves childhood cancer families in Kansas and across the nation. She was nominated for this honor by her husband, Kevin Smith, to recognize her hard work and dedication to the foundation she started, and her devotion to her family, her children’s schools and her church.

"I’m honored to be chosen for this amazing award and to be able to meet so many other remarkable women from across the nation," Feyerherm-Smith said. "Being able to share what I do on a national stage will help to bring more awareness and support to our cause as well as to our national Monkey In My Chair program."

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As the winner of this award, KSN is making a $1,000 donation to the Love, Chloe Foundation. Heidi will also travel to Hollywood for an all-expense paid trip of a lifetime to be recognized on the national level and maybe even rub shoulders with Hollywood stars. More than 100 women from across the nation will be honored at the Hollywood event this month.

The Remarkable Women initiative is sponsored by Nexstar Media Group, the parent company of KSN.

In Hollywood, one woman will be named the National Remarkable Women winner of 2024 and will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

Heidi's daughter Chloe. She passed away in 2007 to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Clioma.&nbsp;
Heidi's daughter Chloe. She passed away in 2007 to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Clioma. 

The Love, Chloe Foundation

Heidi Feyerherm-Smith started the Love, Chloe Foundation after losing her 7-year old daughter, Chloe, to DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) in 2007. Her mission through the foundation is to support families that have a child with cancer. The foundation provides financial assistance to families in Kansas and helps children across the nation with the Monkey In My Chair program. Her efforts through the Love, Chloe Foundation have helped thousands of families through their child’s cancer journey.

The Monkey In My Chair program helps to keep children connected with their peers at school while they are away for treatment. There is a large stuffed monkey that fills their seat in the classroom and provides comfort and connection to their friends at school. The program serves all the United States and has formed partnerships in several countries to expand the program to children across the globe!

For more information about Love, Chloe Foundation and the Monkey In My Chair program, visit www.lovechloe.org. and www.monkeyinmychair.org