May 28, 2020

  • Over 309 hours of telehealth services provided to patients during the pandemic to date

  • 26% of patients are new to the foundation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 28, 2020) – In compliance with the CDC, the Austin Hatcher Foundation converted to telehealth beginning March 17. The foundation’s staff have worked tirelessly to provide emotional, behavioral, and academic support to families during this period.

“While many things have changed in the world, one thing remains the same,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “The Austin Hatcher Foundation has not changed our commitment for every child diagnosed with cancer, and their family members, to reach their full potential.”

By offering telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation has provided support to over 65 patients with over 309 hours of unique interactions. Unique interactions can include mental health counseling appointments, occupational therapy sessions, and educational resources provided by...

May 5, 2020

Dear Patients and Families:

We hope this letter finds you and your family well. Our community and nation have been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: Our commitment for every child diagnosed with cancer, and his or her family, to reach their full potential.

We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we will be following in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our offices follow infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your...

April 29, 2020

·       May 5, 2020 set as a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19

·      GoFundMe Charity also to match donations to the foundation up to $1,000

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 29, 2020) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will participate in GivingTuesday Now on May 5, a worldwide effort to raise funds and awareness for organizations needing vital support during COVID-19. The Austin Hatcher Foundation is raising funds online through GoFundMe Charity, an organization that will match donations to the Austin Hatcher Foundation up to $1,000.

Like all organizations, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has been greatly affected by COVID-19. While the foundation was able to adapt and offer services to patients via telehealth, numerous fundraising events were canceled due to the outbreak, creating a significant loss in revenue for the foun...

April 15, 2020

  • Cooke, Darnell, Trujillo Latest Hires for Growing Organization

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 15, 2020) – Three individuals have joined the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer staff. Rita Cooke is the foundation’s new Front Desk Coordinator, Haleigh Darnell is the Assistant to the President, and Nick Trujillo is the foundation’s new Communications Coordinator.

Cooke received her A.S. in Court and Conference Reporting from Chattanooga State Technical College and has a demonstrated history working in secretary and administrative roles. She is responsible for supporting clinical and administrative functions including scheduling appointments, updating patient charts, and maintaining the donor management system.

Darnell is a 2018 UT-Chattanooga graduate, earning a B.S. in Early Childhood: Child and Family Studies. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a child care teacher in Hendersonville, Tenn. and a patient support specialist at a local physical therapy clinic. Darnell will...

March 18, 2020

Beginning March 17, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer's Education Advancement Center will be closed to all patients, staff, and guests in order to prevent the potential spread of the virus. We will monitor the situation and hope to reopen on April 13.

We would like families to continue to feel supported during this time in our community. Below you will find resources to assist you in providing food for your children, supporting their academic needs, and tips for talking to your children about the coronavirus.

How to Talk to Your Children About COVID-19

For more information visit:
Child Mind Institute
Harvard Health

If you are in need of information or additional resources to assist your family with emotional, behavioral, or academic support, please email Catie Whiting, LCSW at catie@hatcherfoundation.org or call her at 423-243-3247.

Please follow the links below for more information regarding the resources available locally to feed your children during this time:


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Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer 

232 East 11th Street, Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN  37402     


phone: 423.243.3471    fax: 423-498-3581