Media Release: CHA-CHA sells out early to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment
Biennial fundraiser offers a night of entertainment, food, and fundraising for a good cause
04-30-2013 (Dayton, OH) -
The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton’s Women’s Board will host its biennial fundraising event on May 11, 2013, at 6:30 pm in the Sinclair Ponitz Center. CHA-CHA 2013: Believe, is sure to be a night full of entertainment, food and fun, all the while helping cancer patients at Dayton Children’s overcome big obstacles.
The sold-out event will raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment at Dayton Children’s. In 2011, CHA-CHA raised more than $330,000 to buy Giraffe® beds for the newborn intensive care unit, making it the top fundraising event in the Dayton region. With the event sold out, the Women’s Board hopes this year’s CHA-CHA will be just as successful as the last one.
“We have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Pediatric Cancer Care Endowment and the Women's Board to ensure the success of this event,” says Jennifer Almoney, 2013 CHA-CHA co-chair. “It is a humbling experience to see the generosity of Dayton area businesses as we all work together for this one cause. The Miami Valley understands the importance of a freestanding children's hospital and that is evident through the involvement of individuals and businesses all around us. This event will be a huge success due to the people of this community.”
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.
“This year’s theme for CHA-CHA is Believe,” says Erin 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.”
The Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care 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 fund a child life and a social work position dedicated to cancer patients and families at Dayton Children’s.
“Along with providing daily activities such as games, activities and distraction tools, a dedicated child life specialist for our cancer patients will be able to provide pre-procedural preparation, procedural support, medical play and expressive activities to help children understand and cope with their diagnosis and hospital stay,” says Karen Muller, manager of child life at Dayton Children’s.
Another area that plays a very important role for the cancer patients at Dayton Children’s is social work. Social work examines the many needs and challenges for patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families, from emotional and financial to adjustment issues such as school re-entry and the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the siblings of a family. The social worker is an advocate for the patient and family in meeting a broad spectrum of needs that continue past treatment, into the area of survivorship.
“It is truly inspiring to see the triumph of the human spirit during the extremely stressful and challenging cancer treatment journey, with its inherent roller coaster of emotions,” says Pam Byer, senior medical social worker at Dayton Children’s.
Attendees of CHA-CHA 2013: Believe are in for a night of gourmet food, a live and silent auction, entertainment from local band This Side Up, and more! Thanks to the latest bidding technology from BidPal Network, guests will be able to bid via a mobile device, allowing them to continue socializing while keeping track of their bids. Auction items include a Harley-Davidson 883 Iron Sportster, a night out for 12 guests at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in the intimate Hickory room, a one week outdoor adventure in Snowmass, Colorado at The Residences at Snowmass Club, , and much more! Even though the event is sold out, community members can still bid online or make a donation at www.chachadayton.com.
For more information visit www.chachadayton.com.
About the Women’s Board
The 36-member Women’s Board is rich in tradition and history. Under the direction of the first Women’s Board President, Ruth C. Mead, the first CHA-CHA was held in 1967. Throughout the years, more than $2 million has been raised, enabling Dayton Children’s to renovate and expand hospital facilities, including the newborn intensive care unit, the Wallace Critical Care Complex and the new Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center.
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