Austin Hatcher Foundation: Art & Occupational Therapy

Grants for Good

The Austin Hatcher Foundation is committed to erasing the effects of pediatric cancer and creating a high quality of life for every child the organization works with. Austin Hatcher Foundation does this work through essential, specialized interventions. This project funds occupational therapy equipment for pediatric patients, used to help children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults.

Each child undergoing treatment for cancer has a definite and unique set of symptoms that are particular to that child. The purpose of the Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) program is to focus on helping those children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults. In the pediatric cancer setting, OT intervention enables children to participate fully in their daily occupations or activities of life, covering self-care, functional mobility required to move through life, and normal developmental tasks such as play and socialization.

This program gives families and patients themselves an additional therapy that erases the effects of childhood cancer; giving them another opportunity to thrive, not just survive childhood cancer. Occupational therapists design specific intervention strategies to promote rehabilitation of skills that were diminished during treatment for cancer as well as improving compensation for skills that may have been lost during intervention to insure the highest quality of life is achievable and the impact of cancer is minimized.

Request Amount: $25,280
Community Foundation Grant: $15,000
Funding Gap: $10,280