Harrison County native’s design featured in 2012 Cards of Hope collection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Leah Fletcher, 22, of Mt. Clare is a featured artist in the 2012 edition of Cards of Hope.

The cards are the main funding source for the Cure Kids Cancer Fund, 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 ofCoH-Leah-Fletcher-card.jpg beads.

Leah is the daughter of Jim and Pam Fletcher. She was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma in February. She is currently a senior at Davis and Elkins College and enjoys sports, movies and spending time with family and friends.

Her card, “Home for the Holidays,” features a Christmas tree in front of a fireplace hung with stockings. The ornaments on the tree have the words “faith,” “hope,” and “love” on them. A clock with a “W.V.” hangs above the mantle. The card is sponsored by BB&T.

“My card design represents my family, my love of West Virginia, and that with ‘faith,’ ‘hope’ and ‘love,’ I’ll get through this,” Leah said.

The other 2012 Cards of Hope artists are:
  • Karus Ball, 10, of Mill Creek, W.Va.
  • Danielle Bartlett, 13, of Richwood, W.Va.
  • Endsley Batton, 6, of Morgantown
  • Preston Batton, 8, of Morgantown
  • Becky Diller, 18, of Oakland, Md.
  • Brittany Harrigan, 17, of Sardis, Ohio
  • Katie Llewellyn, 16, of Frostburg, Md.
  • Katrina Oldland, 5, of Grafton
  • Savannah Stalnaker, 16, and Isaiah Dean, 9, of Buckhannon and Winter Haven, Fla.
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 that was designed last year by the late Izabella McManaway and her sisters, Zoe and Zavery, 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 the collection – are $15. Cards can be purchased online at http://epay.wvsto.com/WVU/WVUChildrensHospitalCards/Default.aspx or by phone at 304-598-4346 ext. 2. They can also be purchased in the Friends Gift Shop in Ruby Memorial Hospital and at Old Navy stores in Morgantown, Bridgeport, Tridelphia, Vienna and Barboursville.

WVU Children’s Hospital – located within Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
asj: 11-01-12

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