The Austin Hatcher Foundation for a Carefree Childhood – will celebrate the start of construction of the First Hatch’s House of Hope with a ribbon cutting on September 29. The event will be held at 979 East Third Street, Suite C232, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Dr. James M. Osborn and his wife, Amy Jo Osborn, established the foundation after they lost their 9-week-old son to a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Hatch’s House of Hope serves as a safe haven for families dealing with the effects of pediatric cancer on their lives. The landmark programs offered through Hatch’s House of Hope serve as a prototype for the foundation to open other Hatch’s nationwide. Staff at Hatch's integrates the specific needs of the family with hospital-based and community services. The staff works towards developing additional services, not provided elsewhere, but needed to help children and their families affected by pediatric cancer function within our communities.
Specifically, these include IEP neurocognitive testing, educational programming to help affected children overcome their cognitive and learning deficits, emotional counseling for the cancer-affected child, their siblings and parents, and marital and financial counseling to ensure a safe environment to maximize the family growth as a whole.
Through Hatch's the Austin Hatcher Foundation provides Bridging Scholarships (Hatch's Dollars) to assist families with acute financial discord resulting from the direct expenses and salary losses as a result of the pediatric cancer. Hatch's staff makes every effort to communicate the family’s financial situation to creditors, including utility companies, at the family’s approval to arrange alternative payment options during the treatment stage of pediatric cancer.
Hatch's serves as a research center for pediatric cancer related issues and learning deficits affecting children and families worldwide. Hatch's house of hopes will be built near medical centers treating pediatric cancer nationwide.
Child care during appointments and treatments
Services provided at Hatch's are free of charge to families accepted for care.
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is assisting with arrangements for the ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Visit www.hatcherfoundation.org for more information about the Austin Hatcher Foundation.