For the second year, Hope Floats was an event that took place on August 20th, 2014 at Wilchester neighborhood pool in Houston, Texas. The event was designed to raise community awareness and say thank you to the community in Houston for the support they showed to the Dina family during their time of need. The “hope” in Hope Floats stands for “holding on praying expectantly for miracles in childhood cancer.” The pool party was chosen because it was kid and family friendly and swimming is a fun event for all. Both children and adults enjoyed a washer pitching game that equated to the winning great prizes at the end of the day. Thanks to the donated efforts, attendees of Hope Floats were fed hamburgers, hot dogs, and popsicles, from Grub Burger.
The event was a hit with an attendance of 300 because it was family inclusive and packed with fun. It was a new and wonderful was to engage the community while still being effective in bringing awareness to childhood cancer and the effects it has. At the end of the event was a balloon release that honored those children who are battling the disease and those who have lost their battle to pediatric cancer. The neighborhood honorees of the event were Peter Evans, Brian Locher, Pearl Gilbert, George Gring, Cameron James, and Charlie Dina.
The Dina Family and friends want to thank everyone who came to Hope Floats and helped them raise awareness for pediatric cancer. The success of the event was another excellent example of the supportive community that they are fortunate enough to call their home.