Austin Hatcher Foundation
Austin Hatcher Foundation was formed in 2006 by parents who lost their 9-week-old son to a very rare and aggressive tumor. The Austin Hatcher Foundations mission is to support research towards the diagnoses, treatment and development of a cure for pediatric cancer and to provide support and hope to children and families undergoing treatment as well as to those who have lost children due to cancer. www.hatcherfoundation.org
T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger:
Chattanooga’s only facility dedicated to pediatrics grew from the efforts of the local Civitan Club to aid crippled children. The club’s second president, T. C. Thompson, provided the leadership and enthusiasm to focus their goals. Under his guidance, Children’s Hospital was built in the Glenwood area of the city, and the first young patients were treated in July 1929. The facility was soon named for its founder.
Children’s Hospital became part of the Erlanger Health System in 1975 and moved to modern facilities on the Erlanger Baroness Campus. Enormous growth and change followed. Linked to Erlanger, the region’s healthcare leader and technological innovator, Children’s Hospital reached out to serve not only the children of Chattanooga but those living in North Alabama, East Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina, as well. Families within a 150-mile radius now depend on T. C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for the care of their children. It is the only hospital in the region with immediate availability of pediatric subspecialists.
Remote Area Medical
Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.
The need to get medical care to people in inaccessible regions was one which founder Stan Brock knew all too well while living 15 years with the Wapishana Indians in the Amazon rain forest. When he left South America to do the Wild Kingdom television series, he found medically helpless populations throughout the world. His deep desire to find a way to take health care to people who had none was the seed of RAM.
In the year 2002, 2,353 Remote Area Medical VOLUNTEERS served 20,780 patients/people providing $1,505,505 worth of care FREE to the recipient! In the Southeast region (TN, KY, VA) alone, 2,244 Volunteers provided $1,005,893 worth of care to 7,625 recipients/patients/people in NEED. Donations made to the Remote Area Medical® Foundation provide funding for RAM operations.
Please contact Remote Area Medical at www.ramusa.org
Lighthouse Family Retreat
Imagine how your world would change with the diagnosis of cancer…watching your child face challenges that most people will never face. Now, image a world that is carefree—kids just being kids, playing in the sand and laughing in the sun. Welcome to The Lighthouse Family Retreat..
In 1999, a vision was cast by Melinda Mayton, founder of Lighthouse Family Retreat. Working as a pediatric oncology nurse for eight years, she recognized the devastation that cancer brought to the entire family. On August 8, 2000, The Lighthouse Family Retreat held its Inaugural Retreat for six children with cancer, their families and volunteers. April 2005 marks the beginning of the 6th retreat season. The ministry has served more than 200 children with cancer and their families, hosted 20 retreats and received more then $1,000,000 from thousands of contributing partners.
While these numbers are amazing, what inspires The Lighthouse to press on are the countless smiles, friendships and renewed relationships experienced at the retreats. All of this is intended to bring rest and joy to the child with cancer and their family so they can continue their journey with new strength, hope and love.Please contact The Lighthouse at www.lighthousefamilyretreat.org