Morgantown siblings’ designs featured in 2012 Cards of Hope collection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Endsley Batton, 6, and her brother Preston, 8, of Morgantown are featured artists in the 2012 edition of Cards of Hope.CoH-Endsley-Batton-card.jpg

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 of beads.

Endsley and Preston are the children of Morgan and Tiffney Batton.

Endsley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2008. She is currently in the first grade at Covenant Christian School and enjoys participating in dance competitions and playing with her friends.
Her card, “Merry Christmas,” features a mantle decorated with four green stockings. It is sponsored by Kroger. Endsley said she chose the design because she loves hanging up stockings for Christmas and her favorite Christmas story is “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which includes the line, “Their stockings were hung by the chimney with care.”

Preston is in the third grade at Covenant Christian School. He enjoys playing video games and building with Legos.

His card, “Joy to the World,” features a nativity scene. It is sponsored by Twin Oaks Home Care.

Preston said he chose his design because he thinks “it’s important for everyone to see the real meaning of Christmas.”

The other 2012 Cards of Hope artists are:
  • Karus Ball, 10, of Mill Creek, W.Va.
  • Danielle Bartlett, 13, of Richwood, W.Va.
  • Becky Diller, 18, of Oakland, Md.
  • Leah Fletcher, 22, of Mt. Clare, W.Va.
  • Brittany Harrigan, 17, of Sardis, Ohio
  • Katie Llewellyn, 16, of Frostburg, Md.
  • Katrina Oldland, 5, of Grafton, W.Va.
  • Savannah Stalnaker, 16, and Isaiah Dean, 9, of Buckhannon, W.Va., 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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