The Austin Hatcher Foundation presents its 10th annual Celebration of Life and Hope on Saturday, October 27, at Stratton Hall from 7-11 p.m. This event celebrates the lives of those who have survived pediatric cancer and raises awareness for the Foundation’s mission to erase the effects of childhood cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life.
“We want to celebrate the lives of our survivors and raise awareness about the effects of pediatric cancer. Our goal behind this is we want to celebrate life, empower our survivors, honor those who have been taken, and vow to never give up,” said Julia Sharp, regional resource development coordinator.
The foundation has four divisions – psycho-oncology, industrial arts, diversionary therapy and healthy lifestyle education. The Austin Hatcher Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families, beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship.
“Two out of three childhood cancer survivors will develop long-term side effects from the very treatment that saved their lives, including hearing loss, learning disabilities and secondary cancers. The psycho-oncology division is focused on restoring the emotional, educational and social development of the child and the child’s family after a pediatric cancer diagnosis. The industrial arts division addresses hindered fine motor and dexterity skills with hands-on wood or metal projects to build teamwork, confidence, and concentration. Diversionary therapy provides families and children with a variety of special activities, including leisure, recreation, education, and more. Then there is our healthy lifestyle education division, equipping children with the knowledge necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices while reducing their risk of cancer tomorrow,” Ms. Sharp said.
The Celebration of Life and Hope is the foundation’s signature fundraising event. All funds raised benefit the Foundation’s four divisions that reach families and children in 42 hospitals across 28 states, with a special focus on the Chattanooga community.
“We have a VIP hour starting at 6:30 p.m., which includes specialty cocktails by Matilda Midnight, specialty cuisine from the Monen family restaurants, and priority seating in the racing simulator used in our programs. Regular ticket holders, starting at 7 p.m., will get an open bar, both live and silent auctions, dinner and music from local band the Young Hearts,” Ms. Sharp said.
Tickets cost $100 for each individual regular ticket and $700 dollars for a group of eight general admission tickets or $150 for individual VIP tickets and $1,000 for a group of eight VIP tickets. Click here to purchase your tickets today!