Our story began 17 years ago, when in 2003, we came up with the idea to bring a group of children of low-income families from Venezuela, who were suffering from life-threatening diseases while in remission.
The International Foundation Friends of Children with Cancer, headquartered in Miami contacted Elizabeth Arnaud. The foundation asked Elizabeth to help them find lodging, discounts to theme parks, transportation, food, etc. They collaborated together and sent 12 children to Disney. They enjoyed a week full of adventures, parties, and other fun activities that offered them a fun and shareable experience. They also had the option to help these kids find a sponsor or a godmother/godfather to donate $100 in order to buy food or any basic need item. Over a span of 6 years, they provided these kids with the same experience, carefully increasing the amount of kids; first 12, then 15… 20, and 45.
After Elizabeth Arnaud went through the amazing experience of organizing this trip to Orlando and planning the activities for these children, she decided that she wanted to establish her own foundation that would allow her the opportunity to help kids like these every year and also help low-income families in Central Florida with children who had life-threatening illnesses. The Hi Kid Foundation was founded with a group of volunteers who became part of a committee that had a mission to help support families while they go through the battle of fighting a life-threatening disease.