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  • Grandparents Honored for Role in Pediatric Cancer Journey at the Austin Hatcher Foundation

    · Families facing effects of pediatric cancer came together March 11 for "Grandparent's Day" · Grandparents recognized for unique role in families’ journey CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 16, 2023) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation recognized grandparents for the unique role they play and the sacrifices they make in the pediatric cancer journey at the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s Education Advancement Center last Saturday, March 11. Grandparents joined their grandchildren, all of whom are a pediatric cancer patient, survivor or sibling of a survivor, at the Foundation’s Education Advancement Center. The morning consisted of breakfast, awards, an art project and a variety of activities around the Education Advancement Center. To close the event, grandchildren gave nickel tours around the Austin Hatcher Foundation, showing their grandparents all of their favorite areas and the unique aspects of the facility. “It’s very touching to hear the countless stories and ways grandparents come to the rescue,” said the Foundation’s Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Julie Gersch. “Grandparents have quit their jobs and moved many states away to be here and help take care of other children so mom and dad can focus on the one going through the cancer or diagnosis.” Dr. Gersch explains that grandparents are often forgotten about when discussing the negative side effects a pediatric cancer diagnosis can have on a family. The Foundation’s “Grandparent’s Day” event was designed to celebrate the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and recognize the critical role grandparents play behind the scenes during the pediatric cancer journey. “It is widely known that pediatric cancer is a family diagnosis,” said Dr. Gersch. “We just want grandparents to know that today and every day, we see them. And we appreciate all they have done and will continue to do for their precious grandbabies whom we at the Austin Hatcher Foundation have the privilege of taking care of.” The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer for entire families by providing essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of a child’s diagnosis and continuing through survivorship of the whole family. Families of the foundation are provided with services such as Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Neuropsychological Testing, Family Programs and more at absolutely no cost to them. To learn more about the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, visit www.HatcherFoundation.org today.

  • Austin Hatcher Foundation Travels to Florida for Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Hospital Visits

    · Foundation silent auction opens Thursday – Fans can bid from anywhere · Diversionary Therapy visit Tuesday to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital with Selin Rollan of Hixon Motor Sports · Live paintings from renowned motion sports artist Bill Patterson to benefit families facing pediatric cancer CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 13, 2023) – It’s a full week of sports car racing, fundraising and more for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer this week, as the nonprofit heads back to the famous Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for the second round of the 2023 WeatherTech Championship Series. The Foundation will be present at Sebring International Speedway for multiple live auctions and will host a continuous online silent auction, as well as taking racecar driver Selin Rollan with them to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital earlier in the week to visit children with pediatric cancer. The weekend endurance racing event features top drivers competing in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The signature race, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, culminates on Saturday from 10am-10pm with 12 straight hours of racing around Sebring International Raceway. The 12-hour event is set to begin at 10:05 a.m. ET on March 18, 2023 and is available to stream on Peacock Premium, or on USA at 4:30 p.m. The Austin Hatcher Foundation is an official “Proud Charity of IMSA,” a status that enables a season-long series of opportunities for the Foundation to raise both funds and awareness at well-attended motorsport events held at iconic racing facilities. Representatives of the Foundation travel to IMSA races and partner with racing teams to spread the mission of the Foundation: erasing the effects of pediatric cancer for the entire family. “The Foundation is proud to attend IMSA races, but we are especially excited for Sebring as it is one of the most iconic tracks of all time,” said Foundation co-founder and CEO Amy Jo Osborn. “We look forward every year to come down to the warm weather, the smell of orange groves, the greatest race fans, and some of the best racing anyone has ever watched. We are so thankful for IMSA, Bill Patterson, Hixon Motor Sports and all of our racing partners who are spreading the news about the Foundation’s work and services.” On Tuesday, March 14, the Foundation will visit Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital for a Diversionary Therapy visit. These visits by Foundation staff members and racecar drivers offer interactive, specialized activities for young patients and their family members. This week’s visit is one of many the Foundation has made to children’s medical facilities across the country. Joining the Foundation staff will be Cuban-American driver Selin Rollan of Hixon Motor Sports (HMS). The HMS team is a consistent supporter and 2023 partner of the Foundation. Rollan drives the #87 Austin Hatcher Foundation racecar, which has a new 2023 design featuring the AHF logo. Another one of the Foundation’s long-time supporters is renowned Motionsports Artist Bill Patterson, who consistently donates his time and work to help the Foundation raise funds through his world-famous racecar paintings. This race is no different, as Patterson will paint four live-paintings for the Foundation to auction. On Friday, March 17, Patterson will start a live painting in the Porscheplatz at 8:30 a.m. The one-of-a-kind painting will sell during a live auction beginning at 10:40 a.m. Patterson will begin another live piece at 12 p.m. in the Corvette Corral to be auctioned at 2:30 p.m. Patterson’s last Friday painting begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Sebring Celebrity Cruises Luxury Lounge and will be auctioned off at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Patterson has one more live painting in the Cadillac Corral at 5 p.m., to be auctioned off at 6:30 p.m. Funds from Patterson’s paintings go directly to the Austin Hatcher Foundation providing cost-free services to families facing childhood cancer. Print copies of the live paintings will be sold as well, and past work can be viewed and purchased at www.theartofracingcollection.com/. All funds benefit families at the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The Foundation will have a silent auction in the IMSA Merchandising Tent on Vendor Row opening at 8 a.m. on Thursday and closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can bid online from anywhere for a chance to win one-of-a-kind race memorabilia, motorsports art, raced-user gear, car parts and more. Winners of items can pick them at the tent Saturday evening. Any fans unable to attend Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring are still encouraged to join the fun and support the Foundation by tuning into the event on Peacock or IMSA TV and bidding online anywhere to win a silent auction item. Any items won by buyers who are not at the event will be shipped at the buyer’s expense. To view auction items and bid, visit https://one.bidpal.net/sebring2023. All money raised throughout the weekend goes directly to supporting the Austin Hatcher Foundation in their mission to erase the side effects of pediatric cancer beginning at the time of a child’s diagnosis and continuing through survivorship. Families of the foundation are provided with services such as Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy, Occupational Therapy, NeuroPsych Testing, Family Programs, and more at absolutely no cost to them. To learn more, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org. To learn more about Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, visit https://www.imsa.com/events/2023-mobil-1-twelve-hours-of-sebring/.

  • Austin Hatcher Foundation Brings “Monday Before the Masters” Golf Tournament to Sweetens Cove

    · Golf fundraiser for Foundation supporting families with pediatric cancer · Event to take place Monday, April 3. Morning and afternoon flights · Winning foursome to receive custom green Masters jackets CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 9, 2023) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is hosting its second annual “Monday Before the Masters” golf tournament on Monday, April 3, 2023 at Sweetens Cove Golf Club. The Masters Tournament is one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, a championship for famous golfers taking place April 6-9. Golf enthusiasts everywhere will be tuning in to watch the event on television, but for golfers who want to take a swing at winning their own custom green “Masters jacket,” the Austin Hatcher Foundation is providing a tournament to do so, taking place the Monday before the world’s Masters tournament, hence the name of their event. The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s “Monday Before the Masters” is at Sweetens Cove Golf Club, a popular 9-hole course consistently ranked as one of the best Tennessee golf courses. Teams of four are welcome to participate in this special fundraiser tournament in either a morning or afternoon flight, both with shotgun starts and in a scramble format. Foursomes are available in a variety of packages with various benefits, including gift cards, Titleist golf balls, business logo promotions and more. Availability is limited, so interested foursomes should register as soon as possible. “The ‘Monday Before the Masters’ golf tournament is quickly becoming one of our favorite events, as it is a great opportunity to enjoy this great Chattanooga spring weather, network and of course, help raise money to support families facing pediatric cancer,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation Events Coordinator Georgia Moore. “We are grateful to be at the world-renowned Sweetens Cove Golf Club this year, and that we get to experience the brand new Big Bad Breakfast at the Lodge Museum of Cast Iron. It’s going to be a beautiful day with not only some great golf, but delicious food and good people.” Just minutes away from the greens at Sweetens Cove is the brand-new Big Bad Breakfast at the Lodge Museum of Cast Iron, where the lunch reception will be provided for all participants between flights. Awards for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams of each flight will be presented, as well as awards for any “hole-in-one” shooters. Prizes will be awarded for putting contest winners, longest driver and closest-to-hole drivers. The winning foursome between the two flights will receive gift cards for their custom green Masters jackets from Yacoubian Tailors. The “Monday Before the Masters” tournament will feature added fun with golf games and mulligan sales for teams that would like to enhance to their experience. The Foundation will also host a silent auction with a variety of signature items donated from local Chattanooga businesses. Children who receive services at the Foundation will be present to meet and greet the golfers before they play. Guests are welcome, and walker tickets are available to purchase for those who want to enjoy the fun without playing. The second annual “Monday Before the Masters” is sponsored by Lodge Cast Iron. Other sponsors include Shaw Inc, LPGA, The Dustin Mullins Team, Brewer Media, Chattanooga City Lifestyle, CityScope Magazine and HealthScope magazine. Businesses, individuals and companies are still encouraged to sponsor the tournament. Sponsorship options are still available in a variety of levels from $500 to $20,000. If you are interested in sponsoring, contact Melanie Hammontree at melanie@hatcherfoundation.org. All proceeds will go directly to the Austin Hatcher Foundation in their mission to erase the side effects of pediatric cancer and optimize quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of a child’s diagnosis and continuing through survivorship. Families of the foundation are provided with services such as Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy, Occupational Therapy, NeuroPsych Testing, Family Programs, and more at absolutely no cost to them. To register a foursome, sponsor the event, or learn more about the “Masters - in - your - backyard” experience, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org/golf.

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  • Teen Ambassador Program | Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer

    TEEN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) is designed to engage high school students with the Foundation’s patients and patient families, furthering our mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer. During the year-long program, students will engage with patients, learn about the foundation and its services, as well as experience firsthand the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. The program is limited to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school who are willing to commit a minimum of 8 hours of their time each month to volunteer on behalf of the Foundation. TAP runs from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024. Applicants should have a positive attitude, an eagerness to help others, an interest in working with kids and be able to attend an orientation session the evening of June 1st. APPLY TODAY Applications must be submitted by May 25, 2023, to be considered for the TAP program.

  • Volunteer | Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer

    VOLUNTEER INDIVIDUAL + FAMILY SPRING 2023 VOLU NTEER OPPORTUNITIES VIEW NOW APPLY NOW Click "Volunteer Application" and fill out the application in its entirety! Once completed, please email the form to us by clicking "Submit Form" VOLUNTEER APPLICATION SUBMIT FORM ARE YOU A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? Apply for our Te en Ambassador Program (TAP) READ MORE

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