Our Mission

 

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 diagnoses and continuing throughout survivorship.   The Foundation provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its four major divisions; Industrial Arts, Diversionary Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Lifestyle Education. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of its supporters.

 

Psycho-Oncology Center

 

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, physical therapy, hippotherapy, music therapy, art therapy, academic coaching, school support in implementing an Individual Intervention Plan (IIP), social skills training, cognitive skills remediation, respite care, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood.

 

Healthy Lifestyle Education

These community and school based programs are designed to equip families with the knowledge necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices and reduce their lifetime risk of cancer. The programs help educate children to reach their greatest potential and ultimately win life’s race.

 

Diversionary Therapy

 Diversionary Therapy provides families faced with pediatric cancer with specialized activities that promote the involvement of leisure, recreation and play by reducing barriers.  These opportunities promote self-esteem, personal fulfillment, psychological, social, intellectual and spiritual/cultural well-being.  Our Diversionary Therapy program provides children and families with the opportunity to make time to live and provide a discovery of life.