Event to be held virtually with live program and auction
Co-chairs for 2020 are Mike and Traci Otterman
Event to honor Otterman’s daughter Simone, who they lost to pediatric cancer in 2015
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 22, 2020) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has scheduled its 13th annual “Celebration of Life and Hope” for Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. EST. Due to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually via livestream, allowing both local and national guests to support the foundation from the comfort of their own homes.
Textile Rubber and Chemical returns as the presenting sponsor of this year’s event. The one-hour live program will include a live auction, family and patient testimonials, and a tour of the new 33,000-square-foot Education Advancement Center. Additionally, a silent auction will take place online before the event.
This milestone of opening the doors to the new 33,000-square-foot Education Advancement Center will allow for the expansion of...
Blue Sky Couriers Donated One Penny Per Mile Driven to Foundation
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 19, 2020) – Blue Sky Couriers, a logistics company serving the Greater Chattanooga region, donated a penny for every mile driven during the first quarter of 2020 to the Austin Hatcher Foundation. This is part of the company’s ‘Couriers for Kids’ program, which donates each quarter to a different nonprofit focused on children’s health.
After driving more than 68,000 miles in the first quarter, Blue Sky Couriers was able to donate a total of $713.77 on June 8, 2020 to support the foundation’s mission to erase the effects of childhood cancer.
“The Austin Hatcher Foundation is so thankful for our friends at Blue Sky Couriers. Through the donations and support from the ‘Couriers for Kids’ Program, we are able to continue offering our free therapies and services that we offer to families faced with childhood cancer,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “We look forward to workin...
Mental health counseling and occupational therapy services will now be offered in Spanish via real-time translator
Services can be obtained via telehealth and are free to any family facing pediatric cancer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 10, 2020) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will be offering Spanish translation services to serve a wider range of multilingual patients and families.
The Foundation has recruited the help of Lyana Osborn to serve as the Spanish translator and aid in the foundation’s mission to erase the effects of childhood cancer.
Osborn is currently a part-time teacher at the Scenic Hills Christian Academy in San Antonio, TX., where she teaches Spanish and Arts to children in Pre-K through 12th grade. She served in the United States Army Reserves for 4 years, and she has helped coordinate mission trips to Latin American countries, where she served as a Spanish translator, for 8 years.
“It’s so important to offer Spanish translation to families w...
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...