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BIRMINGHAM (Sept. 6, 2013) – Kaitlin Moore of Helena, a former cancer patient at Children’s of Alabama, has been selected to represent the state of Alabama in the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Ambassador program.
As one of the nation’s 51 Youth Ambassadors to be introduced at an NCAM Celebration in Washington, DC, Sept. 17 – 19, Moore will be trained and commissioned to raise awareness for children’s charities. She will receive a $1,000 grant to create and implement a project that helps solves critical issues and, ultimately, improves the lives of children.
Moore’s project is to create Kaitlin’s Comfort Kits, 500 bags for families of newly-diagnosed cancer patients filled with such basic items as toothbrushes and toothpaste, blankets, combs, lip balm, crayons, coloring books, pens and paper, and Bibles. Because she has already secured donations for all the items in the kits, Moore has asked that her $1,000 grant be assigned to the Hope-and-Cope program at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s to provide limited needs-based assistance to families anticipating an extended hospital stay.
“The main purpose of my project is to offer rays of light to parents of children who have been diagnosed with cancer,” Moore said. “I want parents to know they are not alone. I want to help shine some light into their lives during a very dark time. We believe the 500 kits will enable us to help children and their families for up to four years.”
The Moore family understands those needs all too well. In 2005, Kaitlin Moore was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Treatment left her profoundly blind with a non-functioning pituitary gland and a damaged hypothalamus. Despite those physical limitations and three years of surgeries and treatment, Kaitlin graduated with her class from Pelham High School in May of 2013 as a valedictorian with honor chords in Math, English, Spanish and the National Honor Society.
The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is a partnership between Children’s of Alabama and the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. More than a dozen highly-specialized pediatric hematologists, oncologists, and blood and marrow transplant physicians at Children’s provide care to infants through young adults up to age 25. The multidisciplinary team approach provides family-centered treatment and support through a variety of innovative services from the day of diagnosis through treatment, cure and long-term follow-up. More than 90 percent of all Alabama children diagnosed with cancer or a serious blood disorder are treated at Children’s, the third largest pediatric medical center in the nation. It has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report.
YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through international campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; funding and grants programs; resource development; and training opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. For more information, visit www.YSA.org.
Festival of Children Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that serves to bring together and coordinate the efforts of charities, companies and individuals who actively work to improve the lives of children. Festival of Children Foundation gives a voice, guidance and support. 100% of the administrative costs are covered by designated funding, allowing donations to go further in direct support of programs and services that improve the lives of children. For more information, please visit www.festivalofchildren.org.