Chattanooga, TN: Patricia Kassebaum, Clinic Director at Hatch’s House of Hope, a local pediatric cancer care center, will be attending Children’s Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC on March 17, 2011.

The event, the first of its kind, will bring together pediatric cancer organizations and advocates from across the nation to rally for the needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families. The primary goal of the meeting will be to make Congress aware of the three most pressing needs in the pediatric cancer field today: additional pediatric cancer research funding, increased incentives to advance the development of new life saving treatments, and additional support and education for pediatric cancer survivors.

Following a morning rally, participants at the event will spend the day meeting with Congressional members from their states. Kassebaum and others will be meeting with  Tennessee’s representatives to advocate for increased funding for pediatric cancer research, treatments, and programs.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of its supporters. For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org

Hatch’s House of Hope is a landmark pediatric cancer care center providing children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer, as well as the skills essential to live meaningful and productive lives as cancer survivors. The comprehensive services offered at no cost to families by Hatch’s include: problem-solving skills training, individual counseling, group counseling, marital counseling, family counseling, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, equine therapy, music therapy, art therapy, academic coaching, cognitive assessment, social skills training, cognitive skills remediation, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood. Since opening its doors in September 2009, Hatch’s has provided over 500 hours of services to children with pediatric cancer and their families. Erlanger Medical Mall in Chattanooga, TN, is the site of the first Hatch’s, which serves as the model for other Hatch’s in the planning stages nationwide. For more information, visit www.hatchshouse.org