05/31/2005

Young Cancer Patients to Gather for U.S. Cellular Cards of Hope Party

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— West Virginia University will welcome dozens of young cancer patients, their families and friends back to Valley Worlds of Fun in Fairmont on Saturday, June 4, for the 14th annual U.S. Cellular Cards of Hope Summer Party.  The event is a joint project of WVU Children’s Hospital and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

At 10 a.m. party participants will begin creating unique holiday greeting cards that will be sold to raise money to fight childhood cancers.  “This is a wonderful event,” says Frank Keller, M.D., a pediatric oncologist at WVU.  “It’s great to see these kids away from the hospital setting, enjoying themselves, while helping other kids in the process through their artwork.”

Every year a Cards of Hope Committee selects a new set of 10 winning designs from the summer party.  They are produced as a pack of 20 greeting cards, in an assorted or single design pack, and later marketed and sold throughout the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland) by volunteers and by U.S. Cellular stores.  The card sales serve as the primary fund-raiser for the Pediatric Cancer Care and Research Fund. The fund is managed by the Pediatric Oncology Department at WVU Children’s Hospital.

This year, the participants will choose their favorite card drawn at the party. The ‘Kid’s Choice’ card will become one of the 10 winning designs included in each package.

All original designs, including those chosen as part of the 10 designs, will be exhibited throughout the state.  The annual auction of all the original designs is being planned for Nov.5 at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown.

To sponsor a card in the 2005 collection, call the Cancer Center at (304) 293-3711

Cards of Hope was established in 1992 to fund clinical research of childhood cancers and to provide psychological and social needs for children and their families.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center, (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
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