Cards of Hope project marks 17th year

Summer party planned for young cancer patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Dozens of young cancer patients, their families and friends will meet at Valley Worlds of Fun in Fairmont on Saturday, May 31, for the 17th annual Cards of Hope summer party.  The daylong event is a project of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

Cards of Hope are holiday greeting cards designed by current or former patients of WVU Children’s Hospital and their siblings.  Every summer they attend the party to create a new assortment of designs that are later marketed and sold to benefit the hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Care and Research Fund.  This year’s artistry will begin at 9 a.m.  Participants will break for lunch before enjoying rides and games at the entertainment facility.

“This is a wonderful project that children and families from West Virginia and the surrounding region look forward to each year,” said Anita Graham, pediatric social worker.  “They enjoy catching up with each other and taking advantage of all the fun activities.  Many of them even plan their vacations to coincide with the party.”

In June, a committee will meet to select nine of 10 designs drawn by the youngsters that will be made into cards for the 2008 COH collection.  The tenth design, called the Kid’s Choice, is chosen by participants at the party.

The new collection will be produced as a pack of 20 greeting cards in an assorted or single design pack, available this fall. 

The COH project also includes a Cash Bash and Auction held in the fall in Morgantown.  All original card designs including those from this year’s collection will be sold to the highest bidders.

For information about Cards of Hope visit www.cardsofhope.com, or call (304) 598-4346 x 2.

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For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
sls: 05-27-08

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