Randolph County boy’s design featured in 2012 Cards of Hope collection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Karus Grant Ball, 10, of Mill Creek 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 of beads.

Karus is the son of Amanda Ball. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoCoH-Karus-Ball-card.jpgblastic leukemia in June 2004. He is currently in the fifth grade at George Ward Elementary School. He enjoys soccer, swimming and playing with his cousins and friends.

His card, “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” features two snowmen and a Christmas tree. It is sponsored by WVU Healthcare.

“I thought it would bring hope and joy for Christmas,” Karus said. “I love snow.”

The other 2012 Cards of Hope artists are:
  • Danielle Bartlett, 13, of Richwood
  • Endsley Batton, 6, of Morgantown
  • Preston Batton, 8, of Morgantown
  • Becky Diller, 18, of Oakland, Md.
  • Leah Fletcher, 22, of Mt. Clare
  • 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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