On a Tuesday night, while the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer was bustling full of children playing and running around, one child named Enrique stood out amongst the chaos. Fourteen-year-old Enrique was playing with his cousin Ayla and sister Alieta, who also come to the Foundation after school multiple times a week. His aunt English brings them to Austin Hatcher Foundation every week.
Although Enrique is all smiles today, English remembers a time when things weren’t filled with fun. When Enrique was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), it affected their entire family. “We were all full of fear and anxiety, and it was so difficult because we didn’t even know what questions to ask or who to go to for help,” she says. “We didn’t have a support system for Enrique’s needs in the beginning, and we thought we had to go out and find it on our own. It was amazing that the foundation could be there for us.”
One of Enrique’s biggest struggles after treatment was returnin...
Sock It for Kids With Cancer is a fun and unique way for kids in the Chattanooga area to give back to other kids they may or may not know who are affected by pediatric cancer. The goal of this fundraiser is to give children exposure to philanthropic activities, while also helping them gain confidence, improve communication skills, learn about personal responsibility, and practice math and financial skills.
This program is exciting for students and easy to implement, because the foundation provides all marketing materials, handouts, and collection buckets. Previous participating schools and churches include Brainerd Baptist School, Thrasher Elementary, Signal Mountain United Methodist, Whitwell High School, and Chattanooga Christian School, where students raised a collective $3,263 to support the foundation’s mission and services.
During the months of February and March, the middle schoolers at Silverdale Baptist Academy raised $1,587 for the Austin Hatcher Foundation through the Sock It...
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer offers an innovative drumming therapy program at Children’s of Alabama, which allows young patients to express themselves through playing the drums and receive therapy at the same time.