Grant from Truist Foundation to Advance Free Psychosocial Care Through Education, Health & Wellbeing
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2023) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer (AHF) announced today it received a $12,500 grant from Truist Foundation to further provide free psychosocial care to families facing childhood cancer, advancing education, health and wellbeing.
100% of the funds from the Truist Foundation grant go to providing 100%-free comprehensive coordinated care to families facing pediatric cancer. This includes counseling, therapy, education, and “whatever it takes” to empower families to cope in the present and thrive in the future. The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s vision is for all childhood cancer patients, survivors, and the entire family to reach their full human potential through education, balance, and health & well-being.
“We want to express our deepest gratitude to Truist Foundation for allowing us to advance the care AHF can provide at no cost to families experiencing some of the hardest battles of their lives,” said Melanie Hammontree, Director of Development at AHF. “This grant is essential in helping the Austin Hatcher Foundation as we’re facilitating both family growth and survival through the crises generated by pediatric cancer. We believe family centered care, provided at no cost through ongoing multidisciplinary approaches, is the key to improving a family’s quality of life during this difficult journey, and we could not provide these services without partners like Truist Foundation.”
AHF’s mission to optimize the entire family’s quality of life through specialized intervention begins at the time of diagnosis and continues throughout survivorship of the entire family. Because unfortunately, when a child is diagnosed with cancer, their entire family faces the effects from diagnosis. AHF services include individual/family counseling, occupational therapy, music and art therapy, marriage counseling, grief support, tutoring, neurocognitive testing, family programs and more.
“Truist is a company based on care. We recognize that when families and children are facing cancer, their financial situation shouldn’t determine the level of treatment they receive,” said Johnny Moore, Tennessee regional president for Truist. “Our support of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer helps advance our community’s access to critical healthcare, and it’s how we fulfill Truist’s purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”
About the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer
The Austin Hatcher Foundation addresses the unmet need of mental health and well-being for the entire family at the onset of pediatric cancer. The Foundation’s Education Advancement Center is the nation's only psychosocial center that offers no-cost, evidence-based mental health services and supportive care to children affected by childhood cancer and their entire family. To learn more about the Austin Hatcher Foundation and the services they provide families visit www.HatcherFoundation.org.
About Truist Foundation
Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses. Learn more at Truist.com/Foundation.