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WVU Children’s Hospital cards of hope collection on sale

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One holiday tradition that means a little more to some families has kicked off for the year.

Each year, pediatric cancer patients of West Virginia University Children's Hospital and the patients' siblings design Cards of Hope, and this year will mark the 21st edition of the holiday cards.

Cards of Hope sales are the man funding source for the Cure Kids Cancer Fund, a project of WVU Children's Hospital that ensures patients are provided with state-of-the art medical care, as well as psychological and social support for them and their families. The card sales also benefit the Beads of Courage program, which allows pediatric cancer patients the opportunity to tell their cancer stories through strings of beads.

"No child or family should have to face cancer alone," Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children's Hospital, said in a news release. "The money we raise through the sale of Cards of Hope goes a long way to supporting those families.

"That's why we're so grateful for the individuals and businesses that have supported Cards of Hope over the years."

Cards are sold for $15 in packages of 20 with 21 envelopes, and they may be purchased in packages of one design or as the collection package, with two copies of each card.

In addition to the holiday cards, there also is an all-occasion card, designed last year by the late Izabella McManaway and her sisters, Zoe and Zavery, of Fayetteville. That card features a butterfly on the front, and the inside is blank.

Other card designs this year were created by 10-year-old Karus Ball of Mill Creek; 13-year-old Danielle Bartlett of Richwood; 6-year-old Endsley Batton of Morgantown, 8-year-old Preston Batton of Morgantown; 18-year-old Becky Diller of Oakland, Md.; and 5-year-old Katrina Oldland of Grafton.

The Kroger Co. provided underwriting for this year's Cards of Hope project so 100 percent of every package of cards sold will help pediatric cancer patients and their families. The cards can be purchased online, by calling 304-598-4346 or at Old Navy department stores in Morgantown, Bridgeport, Triadelphia, Vienna and Barboursville and also at the Friends Gift Shop in Ruby Memorial Hospital.