Upstate News

October 17, 2000
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Children with cancer and blood disorders create holiday greeting cards to benefit University Hospital

Holiday greeting cards created by Central New York children afflicted with cancer and blood disorders will be sold to benefit the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at University Hospital. This is the fifth consecutive year that patients from the center have designed greeting cards for the fundraiser. Since 1996 more than $17,000 has been raised by the card sale.

This year’s greeting cards, created by patients from ages 9 to 20, feature 12 different colorful designs from scarf clad snowmen to whimsical candlesticks and a Hanukkah bear. All cards are imprinted with the greeting “Wishing you Peace, Hope, and Happiness this Holiday Season.” The back of each card lists information about the artist, including name, age and diagnosis. Cards are available in four different packages ranging in price from $7.50 to $20.

“We have been deeply moved by the heartwarming support our ‘Cards for Kids’ fundraiser has received from the community,” said Mandy Trudell of the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders provides diagnostic testing and treatment for children with various malignancies and for children with hematologic abnormalities. Presently, 700 children, from the Canadian border to northern Pennsylvania are served by the center and 50 to 60 new patients are referred for evaluation and treatment each year.

Patients who have designed cards for this year’s collection include:

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