Cards of Hope kicks off its 18th year

Summer party planned for young cancer patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Dozens of young cancer patients, their families and friends will get into the holiday spirit a little early at the 18th Annual Cards of Hope Summer Party on Saturday, June 13, at Valley Worlds of Fun in Fairmont.

The daylong event is a project of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and is sponsored this year by Aker Construction. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m.

Cards of Hope are holiday greeting cards designed by current and former patients of WVU Children’s Hospital and their siblings. Every summer they come to the party to create a new assortment of designs that are later marketed and sold to benefit the hospital’s Cure Kids Cancer Fund, which ensures that patients and their families receive state-of-the-art medical care and psychological and social support.

“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 young artists that will be made into cards for the 2009 Cards of Hope collection. The 10th design is chosen by the artists themselves and is called the Kid’s Choice.

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

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

For information about Cards of Hope see http://cardsofhope.com or call 304-598-4346 ext. 2.



For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
Lae/asj: 06-08-09

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