Winter Haven teen’s design featured in 2012 Cards of Hope collection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Savannah Stalnaker, 16, of Winter Haven 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.
Originally from Buckhannon, Savannah is the daughter of Tim and Cindy Stalnaker. She was diagnosed with medulla blastoma, a form of brain cancer, in 1997. She is now a sophomore at Karen M. Siegel Academy in Lake Alfred, Fla. She enjoys going shopping, attending concerts, riding her bike and spending time with family and friends.

Her card, “From Our Family to Yours,” was designed with her 9-year-old nephew, Isaiah Dean. It features a family of snowmen made with each artist’s hand prints. The card is sponsored by the Old Navy store in Morgantown.

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.
  • 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.
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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