September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
09-04-2012 (Dayton, OH) -
Jennifer Almoney of Oakwood and Erin Paulson of Washington Township will spend the next nine months committed to raising money to benefit local children who are being treated for cancer at The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton. With September being National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Almoney and Paulson are excited to kick off their fundraising efforts and help to raise awareness of childhood cancer in the Dayton region.
Almoney and Paulson are a part of The Dayton Children’s Women’s Board. These 36 women have pledged to raise money for ThePediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowmentat Dayton Children’s as part of their May 11, 2013 CHA-CHA event.
“By helping to fund the Pediatric Cancer Endowment with a successful CHA-CHA 2013, the Women’s Board will guarantee focused and personalized care for children fighting cancer on a variety of levels, including emotionally,” says Almoney, 2013 CHA-CHA co-chair.
In 2011, Dayton Children’s saw 54 newly diagnosed cases of cancer. Currently, the hematology and oncology specialists at Dayton Children’s see over 400 patients for either therapy treatment or follow-up appointments.
The endowment was created to enhance an already family-focused cancer care program that will connect patients with multiple resources dealing with care, treatment, education, support groups and other resources. The money raised from CHA-CHA will be put towards funding a social work and child life position specifically for cancer patients and families at Dayton Children’s.
“This year’s theme for CHA-CHA is Believe,” says Paulson, 2013 CHA-CHA co-chair. “We believe in the Dayton community. We believe in the expert care given to cancer patients at Dayton Children’s. We believe in hope. We believe in the journey that a cancer patient takes, and the support provided by the Pediatric Cancer Endowment. We believe in partnerships, and we believe in life and the future.”
Meet the 2013 CHA-CHA Co-Chairs
Erin Paulson of Washington Townshiphas served on the Dayton Children’s Women's Board for two years. She is currently president-elect of the executive committee and is co-chair for CHA-CHA 2013.
“I was honored to be asked to serve on The Women’s Board,” says Erin. “I think it is profoundly important to have a viable and thriving children’s hospital within our own community.”
All three of her children have experienced various visits to the hospital, for things as serious as concussions, to eye exams and insertion of ear tubes.
Erin supports causes that are important to the Dayton community. She has been active with the Junior League of Dayton and currently serves as the President of the Associate Board for the Dayton Art Institute.
Erin graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in marketing as well as an MBA. After almost a decade of working in various marketing roles at NCR and Teradata, she is currently the director of strategic marketing at TricomB2B, a BtoB Magazine Top 150 agency with expertise in business to business marketing, located in Vandalia. Erin and her husband Scott have three children, ages 2-8. Outside of work and volunteering, she loves to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys exercise, reading, cooking, and travel.
Jennifer Almoney of Oakwoodis serving her fourth year on the Dayton Children’s Women's Board, and is thrilled to be co-chair of CHA-CHA 2013.
"When asked to serve on the Women's Board at Dayton Children's, I was excited to learn more about the hospital and ready for the challenge," Jennifer says. "As a mother of four, I have experienced firsthand the importance of having a local children's hospital, and my family has certainly benefited from Dayton Children's on many occasions".
Jennifer believes in the importance of giving back and serving the Dayton community. "I believe it is vital that we teach our children how to become active members of the community in which we live. Volunteering at Dayton Children's has a direct impact on our community and will make a permanent impact for the future of Dayton," she says. Jennifer has also served the community in many other capacities, including the Junior League of Dayton and Carillon Historical Park, as well as at her church and children's school.
Jennifer graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and received a master's degree in Reading Education from The Ohio State University. She is a stay at home mom after many years of teaching in Upper Arlington and Oakwood. Jennifer and her husband, Dr. Bill Almoney, have four children, ages 5-11. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, tennis, and her volunteer work.
About the Women’s Board
Formed in 1964, the Women’s Board of The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton has a membership of 36 women whose major fundraising project is the biennial CHA-CHA dinner and auction. The Women’s Board administers the HELP Fund, an ongoing program that supports various projects at Dayton Children’s, hosts a Careers in Health Care seminar for high school students and volunteers in the Schear Activity Center. The Women’s Board has raised over $2.9 million for Dayton Children’s since 1964.
Throughout the years, they have provided funding to renovate the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Wallace Critical Complex and the Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center. They have raised funds to purchase two new pediatric transport units and to establish a Pediatric Cancer Care Endowment fund. The Women’s Board’s raised $330,000 at CHA-CHA 2011 to purchase Giraffe® beds for the NICU.
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