Concord University athletics director Kevin Garrett announced plans Thursday for the athletic department to hold fundraising opportunities for the Emma’s Touch Foundation at Mountain Lion home events throughout the 2013-14 school year.
Emma’s Touch was founded by Charles and Karen Vannatter in 2010 shortly after their daughter, Emma, passed away from complications from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The foundation’s mission is to fight childhood cancer one child at a time.
Specifically, Emma’s Touch aims to provide both the sick children as well as families from West Virginia with items needed to make their child’s in- or out-patient stay at any pediatric oncology hospital a little more enjoyable.
At first diagnosis families are provided a “comfort kit.” The kit may include such items as phone cards, toiletries, meal tickets, hospital parking passes, children’s books, crayons, coloring books, blanket, laundry bag, pillow case, videos, hand held massager and stuffed animal, among other items.
As need arises, Emma’s Touch provide supplies to make the day-to-day endeavor of children undergoing childhood cancer treatments easier. Items include, but are not limited to, DVDs, video games, art supplies, board games, etc.
In an effort to help and show support, Concord University will sell gold wristbands and set up donation jars at each home event. Other fundraising projects are in development and will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the fundraising efforts, the Concord University football team will wear gold decals on the back of their helmets for the remainder of the 2013 season. Gold is the official color of childhood cancer awareness.
Thirty-six children are diagnosed with childhood cancer every day in the United States. Additionally, one in every 330 American children develop cancer before the age of 20. Seven children die daily due to cancer and one in five children diagnosed with cancer will die within five years.
For further information on Emma’s Touch, visit emmastouch.webs.com.