Beyond The Medicine


The Erik Hendricks Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, was established in April 2015 to honor the memory of Erik Hendricks, who valiantly battled Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL) for more than 20 years, and ultimately lost his life to the disease. After multiple relapses, the treatment options were scarce. As HCL is a very rare form of leukemia, treatment options are limited and there is no cure. The frustration that stems from the trial and error approach so many cancer patients face can be alleviated by having access to resources beyond just the medicine, including access to experts, information and palliative care options.

Cancer affects so many of us and the toll is not only physical, but mental and emotional. Erik and his family enjoyed access to incredible nurses, doctors and support resources, which added years to his life. Erik knew how fortunate he was as many cancer patients do not have access to the same type of resources and the emotional and mental toll can weigh heavily on patients and their families. We want to help bridge this gap and provide support beyond the medicine. Having access to support programs can make the battle not only more achievable, but more manageable physically, mentally and emotionally.

The Erik Hendricks Memorial Foundation seeks to bring awareness to and raise much-needed funding for patient support resources to decrease financial and logistical burdens and increase access to information and experts, support programs, resources and wellness options for patients and their families.

Your gift to the Erik Hendricks Memorial Foundation will honor the legacy of Erik Hendricks and impact the lives of thousands of patients like him.

About Our Logo:

The Triskele, also known as the triple spiral, is the Celtic symbol for life. The symbol is a nod to Erik Hendricks’ Irish heritage and the foundation’s mission of improving the lives of those fighting cancer by raising funds to support patients and their families beyond the medicine. Additionally, the colors yellow and navy were Erik’s favorite colors. He was almost guaranteed to be dressed in one or both of those colors, or in head-to-toe yellow, earning him the nickname Yellow Bird.

Stephanie H. Hendricks – President, Co-Founder

Stephanie is the VP of Business Development for a Boston-based technology startup. She was previously the Director of Strategic Accounts for a small technology firm in the energy industry.

Stephanie has been involved with non-profits her entire life starting when she formed the “Animal Club,” at the age of 10. She serves on committees in Boston for Urban Improv and Urban Mentoring, and has been a mentor in the program.

She co-founded The Erik Hendricks Memorial Foundation with her sister, Katie, to honor the life of her father, Erik Hendricks.

Katherine (Katie) Hendricks – Secretary, Co-Founder

Katie Hendricks is currently a Director at Pathlight Capital, a commercial finance company based in Boston that specializes in providing loans to companies in the consumer and retail sector.

For many years, Katie volunteered as a teacher for Citizen Schools, a non-profit that partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to provide an expanded learning day. Katie, along with two other friends, taught an apprenticeship program on entrepreneurship where the kids would learn firsthand what it takes to be an entrepreneur by starting their own business selling a product they would create.

Along with her sister, Stephanie, Katie co-founded The Erik Hendricks Memorial Foundation to honor her father who spent his entire life giving back to others.

Patricia (Patsy) Porter – Treasurer

Patsy Porter is currently the Director of Planned Giving at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA, but has a long history with non-profits and volunteer work. After working as an account manager in advertising in New York, Patsy and her family relocated to the Philadelphia area where she became involved in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. She also volunteered for her children's schools and became the President of the Parents Association of The Episcopal Academy and served for eight years on their Board of Trustees. She played an integral part in the historic move of the entire school to its new campus in Newtown Square. Patsy was President of the Burn Foundation, a non-profit focused on burn prevention awareness and support for burn survivors and the four regional burn centers in the Philadelphia region, from 2007-2013. She is a long-time friend of the Hendricks family.

Michael R. Craven – Governor

Mike is a media, entertainment and marketing executive with over 35 year’s of operational, ownership, and consulting experience in the field of communications, to include broadcasting, print and the internet.

Currently, Mr. Craven is Co-Chief Executive officer of Craven-Thompson Communications (C.T.C.), a company he founded in 1997 with partner James B. Thompson. C.T.C. operates as a consulting group dedicated to assisting under-performing strategic opportunities in the communications industry through the process of financial, managerial and operational restructuring.

Pamela (Pam) Russell, MD – Governor

Pam received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of medicine in 1981. Her residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in neonatal-Perinatal Medicine were completed in 1987. Pam is currently a neonatologist providing patient care in the neonatal Intensive care unit.

She serves as a neonatologist for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is the Director of Physician Assistant Residency Program and education for front line care providers.