The Chris Hope Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization providing financial and social support services to families in their child’s fight against life-threatening illnesses, today announced that it has expanded its nationwide network of partners, including two more states. The Foundation has fostered new relationships with Child Life departments at Children’s Hospital of Colorado (Denver) and Children’s Wisconsin.
During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, CHF Founder and Executive Director Chris Hope traveled to both hospitals to share more about the Foundation’s mission and to gain insight on the hospital’s largest needs.
“We are thrilled to extend our reach to more children and families across the country,” said Hope. “These partnerships will enable us to enhance the quality of support that we can provide to families during their most challenging times.”
At the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, CHF will create memories for grieving families by funding custom thumbprint charms for parents and loved ones – a program that has seen great success at Memphis’ Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. The Child Life department will also receive toys and supplies for children and families throughout the year.
Children’s Wisconsin will receive the hospital’s first Ohmni Telepresence Robot, courtesy of CHF. The robot will play a large part in making sure kids can participate in a variety of Child Life programs, even from their room. The drivable robot is set on a wheeled base and can be completely controlled remotely. Patients are not required to physically manipulate the machine in any way, making them ideal in situations where patients are physically limited.
“Oftentimes, children in treatment are missing out on some of the best parts of being a kid,” said Hope. “Part of our mission is spreading hope, but we love to see their smiles, too.”