Preston Hollow’s Reid Zlotky, a Greenhill senior, is one of two local teenagers, who will receive the Heroes in Disguise Award by Heroes for Children for his work on the Teen Board. He and Lauren Stapleton of Plano will receive their awards Oct. 27 at the Heroes in Disguise Masquerade Ball at the Belo Mansion.

Heroes for Children is a nonprofit that provides financial and social support to families with children battling cancer. Founded by two moms, Larissa Linton and Jenny Scott Dowen, whose daughters passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Heroes for Children has provided $5.5 million to nearly 6,000 families since 2004.

“Reid and Lauren have been instrumental as leaders and volunteers on our Heroes for Children Teen Board,” says Julie Siegel, Heroes for Children’s executive director.

Zlotky has been a Heroes for Children Teen Board member since it was founded in 2016. In 2017, he ran the Children’s Hospital Oncology Playroom volunteer program. This year, he is chairing the Valentine’s Day dinner.

“My mom suffered from breast cancer, and the son of one of my family friends suffered from Leukemia when he was a child, and thankfully survived,” he says.

At school, he is co-president of the Greenhill Quiz Bowl Club and Jewish Studies Club. He is also a sector leader in the Greenhill Business Society, serves on the debate team and plays ultimate Frisbee. He lives in Preston Hollow with his parents, his twin, Ryan, and twin sisters.

The Heroes for Children Teen Board is a volunteer program for teens in grades seventh through 12th. For those interested in applying for the 2019-2020 school year, applications will be available in spring 2019.

Tickets to the Heroes in Disguise Masquerade Ball are $250. Tickets for the After Party, which starts at 9 p.m., are $99 each. For more information, visit here or contact

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