For two decades, people all across the country have been supporting the fight against childhood cancer. They do this by giving and receiving holiday cards designed by pediatric cancer patients and their siblings at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital, located north of Charleston.
Cards of Hope are the main funding source for the Cure Kids Cancer Fund. The fund is a project of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital that ensures patients are provided state-of-the-art medical care, as well as psychological and social support for them and their families.
Card sales also benefit the Beads of Courage program, which allows pediatric cancer patients the opportunity to tell their cancer stories through strings of beads and provides them a form of creative art therapy and a spiritual lift at this difficult time in their lives.
The money raised through Cards of Hope advances the pediatric hematology and oncology team’s mission by supporting cutting-edge research and healthcare services that enhance young patients’ quality of life.
Funds raised through Cards of Hope also make special events like holiday parties, camps, activities, and crafts possible, and they provide money for educational and resource materials, and contribute to patient care support while children are in clinic or during hospitalizations. For example drinks for patients in clinic, new patient handbooks, and more are provided.
“Cancer is a terrible disease that no child or family should have to fight alone. Thanks to everyone who has purchased Cards of Hope, we’ve been able to help our cancer patients and their families fight the toughest battles of their lives,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “We are so grateful for the businesses and individuals that continue to purchase and sponsor Cards of Hope year after year. It’s been an amazing 20 years, and we’re looking forward to the next 20 and beyond.”
The 2011 Cards of Hope artists are:
- Sierra Anderson, 12, of Clarksburg
- Danielle Bartlett, 12, of Richwood
- Adam Brode, 11, of Rawlings, Md.
- Sarah Flynn, 13, of Fisher
- Brittany Harrigan, 16, of Sardis, Ohio
- Cherish Lavoie, 12, of Elkins
- Jessica Mayfield, 18, of Flemington
- Ally Quigley, 11, of Grafton
- Savannah Stalnaker, 16, of Buckhannon and Winter Haven, Fla.
- Breanna Sturm, 6, of Philippi
Cards are sold in packages of 20 with 21 envelopes. The holiday cards can be purchased in packages of one design or the collection package, which contains two of each card.
In addition to the holiday cards, there is also an all-occasion card designed by Izabella (age 4), Zoe (age 6) and Zavery (age 9) McManaway of Fayetteville. The card features a butterfly on the front and is blank on the inside. This design can be purchased in a package of 20 cards with 21 envelopes.
All packages of cards – either single designs or collections – are $15. Cards can be purchased online here or by phone at 304-598-4346, Ext. 2. They can also found in the Friends Gift Shop in Ruby Memorial Hospital and Old Navy at the University Town Center.
The Kroger Company has provided underwriting for this year’s Cards of Hope project. This means that 100 percent of every package of cards sold will help pediatric cancer patients and their families.