Saturday, 31st July
On Friday evening, September 10, 2010 Kylespeace.org will be hosting their second annual Hoops for Kyle event which began last year as a Bar Mitzvah Project for Kyle’s best friend, David. It consists of 3 on 3 mini tournaments and free throw contests. All proceeds benefit the Kyle Daniel Kerpan Foundation to help in their goal to bring peace to children and families with brain tumors
Here’s what Kyle’s Mum, Joan Kerpan has to say about Kyles Peace. Kyles twin sister, Tessa recently graduated from the 8th Grade at WSP.
In 1995 I became the mother of twins, Kyle and Tessa. Just two years into my new life as a mom my son, Kyle was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After 9 long years of endless treatments and an exhausting courageous fight we lost our battle. At the age of 11 I had lost my son to his brain tumor. Tumors which are now the leading cause of cancer death in children. Each year 3,750 children are diagnosed with them in the United States alone. Facts most of the world know nothing about.
It has been almost 4 years since his death but that battle still lives on within me. I now have a foundation in his name, The Kyle Daniel Kerpan Foundation. My goal is to help other children and families as they go through this very difficult journey. My current focus is helping children and families during their treatment process. Most children with brain tumors are treated with radiation or chemotherapy or both. Each month I along with volunteers visit the Oncology clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We provide special activities; we bring blankets and small pillows from Ikea and have partnered with a company who designs special dolls with feeling inside. These dolls help the kids as they go get their pokes and chemotherapy. We soon will be providing yoga and creative art therapy. In future months we hope to begin support programs for patients and families and in particular siblings who are so affected by this life as well. I now help families in obtaining second opinions and treatment advice from the network of doctors I have put together over the years. We attempt to provide a calming, soothing environment where patients and families can escape the disease that is their lives. Our program will be expanding shortly to the new Pediatric Radiation Oncology Center at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and hope to further expand to St.Christophers Hospital for Children. My hope is that someday this model can be put into place in neuro-oncology clinics throughout the country.
Details of the event:
Food, Music, Friends and Fun…
When: Friday, September 10th 7-10pm
Where: Fellowship House of Conshohocken, 515 Harry Street
Suggested donation is $10 per family and all proceeds to benefit the Kyle Daniel Kerpan Foundation. Any donation is greatly appreciated
Walk in registration welcome. For questions and registration, please contact:
Joan Kerpan 215-402-9371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundation Website: www.kylespeace.org