SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 15, 2021) – Earlier this month, the Hope Hits Harder Cancer Foundation presented The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation with a check for $337,000.
“Doing everything we can to help a sick child is our priority. Demonstrating this core value, we try to respond to requests for support from families with sick children and children with unexpected or chronic and complex medical challenges,” said Tom “T- Bone” Bounds, co-founder of Hope Hits Harder Cancer Foundation. “Often, the support we can give a family, as they work through the physical, emotional, and financial aspects of a long-term illness of their child, can make the difference for a strong and healthy recovery.”
This generous gift will benefit multiple projects at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, including classroom renovations, program support for the facility dog program, start-up costs for a second facility dog, a Hope Hits Harder meal voucher program, and a game room dedicated to teenage patients.
The classroom, located on the fifth floor of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, will provide a break from medical stress and allow patients to feel a sense of normalcy alongside certified school teachers.
Marcus, The Children’s Hospital’s first in-house therapy dog, has been lighting up every room he walks into since he joined the hospital team in December 2020. Along with his handler, Child Life Specialist, Allison, Marcus provides an alternative focus for our patients and families, as well as social interaction and joy. Thanks to the support from the Hope Hits Harder Cancer Foundation, The Children’s Hospital will have funding to provide additional support to the highly successful facility dog program, as well as fund the first year of a second facility dog.
The Hope Hits Harder Meal Voucher program will provide families in the Hematology/Oncology Unit with a $20 meal card for families to enjoy a meal during their stay at the hospital. In support of the Child Life Services Department, the teen room will also be constructed in the Hematology/Oncology Unit. This room will encompass video games systems, computers, lounge furniture, LED light, soundboards, and more. This space will be designed and stocked as developmentally appropriate for our teenage patients to enjoy during their hospitalizations and/or appointments.
“With the needs of our patients at the forefront of our mission, we are excited to be moving forward thanks to our outstanding donors,” said Terry L. Kyle, CEO of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation. “Hope Hits Harder has been a vital part of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s fundraising throughout the years, contributing over $2 million towards our mission. Thank you to T-Bone and the Hope Hits Harder board for their continued generosity.”
About the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation was founded in 1955 to support the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (formerly CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital). The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first free-standing hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, with campuses located in downtown San Antonio, the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, in Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. For additional information on the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, visit www.childrenshospitalsafoundation.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chosafoundation, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/csrfoundations.