Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cards made by kids help Tommy Fund

Young artists share a message

NEW HAVEN - The annual holiday card sale to benefit Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer has begun.

The cards, part of a regional fundraising effort to meet the educational, recreational and treatment needs of children with cancer, are designed by young artists receiving treatment at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, officials said in a statement.

Over the past 22 years, holiday card sales have generated more than $300,000 for the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer, the statement said.

Proceeds give direct and indirect financial assistance to patients who are treated at the children's hospital and have helped fund a pediatric oncology research nurse, nursing education and research fellowships at Yale School of Medicine for physicians in pediatric oncology.

The Tommy Fund also provides recreational and diversional activities for patients, including family outings and such items as TV monitors, headphones, games and toys for patients, the statement said.

Tommy Fund holiday cards are on sale at the hospital Atrium Gift Shop, all southern Connecticut AAA motor clubs, and through the Tommy Fund Web site,

Cards are sold in packets of 12 for $12. For more information about the Tommy Fund or the holiday card sale, contact the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer at (800) 974.5559.

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