“Hugs for Harper” was established in honor of the late Harper Elizabeth Drolet. In October 2009, at the age of just 9, Harper was diagnosed in with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of pediatric soft tissue cell cancer. After two years of aggressive treatments and surgeries, Harper passed away at the age of 11 on September 30, 2011. The Hugs for Harper Endowment mission was then established to find a cure for Pediatric Soft Tissue Cell Cancer, specifically Rhabdomyosarcoma.
The heart of every Wonder Worker holds a special place for Harper Drolet. When Harper was a patient at MUSC Children’s Hospital, she noticed the Happy Wheels program, which delivers a toy to every patient in the hospital on the Thursday of every week, was running low on toys. Harper came to her favorite toy store to find a solution. Wonder Works and Harper teamed up to create a viral Facebook campaign, Wonder Works Week of Wonder. With the help of Wonder Works’ incredible vendors, for every like the Wonder Works page received, a toy was donated to the Happy Wheels cart culminating in 7,000 toys in one week.
The magic of Harper and her passion still lives on in the spirit of our stores. This young lady enlightened us and helped us grow our store mission that one child can make a difference.