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Cook Children’s Medical Center welcomes Katie’s Helping Hand ~ Monday, July 28, 2008


FORT WORTH, Texas – Families of sick children who are undergoing long-term treatment in sometimes faraway hospitals have plenty of things to worry about. Money, housing and transportation are some of the more mundane issues. One thing they should not have to worry about is where their next meal is coming from.

Katie Vacanti-Mitchell, 16, leukemia survivor and creator of Katie’s Helping Hand, an advocacy group for families, will present a check to Cook Children’s Medical Center from her organization, which feeds parents of sick children. Katie will present the check to hospital staff and serve meals to local families from 9 to 10 a.m. Cook Children's Hospital Monday, July 28, in the Pavilion Classroom 2 at Cook Children’s Medical Center, 801 Seventh Ave., in Fort Worth.

Bobby Feather, senior vice president of the Cook Children’s Health Foundation, will accept the gift. This initial gift will serve as a down payment from Katie’s organization. With the money it has already received, Cook Children’s Medical Center has served more than 1,000 meals to families.

Founded October 2004, Katie’s Helping Hand has raised more than $100,000 to provide meals to parents at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., where Katie received her life-saving treatment. Cook Children’s is only the second hospital in the nation, the first outside of Tennessee, to work with Katie’s Helping Hand.

At age 12, Katie was a brave young girl who, in the midst of her own life’s struggles, reached out to help those around her. While undergoing two years of intensive treatment for leukemia, Katie realized that parents with children who are suffering life-threatening illnesses have financial as well as emotional challenges. For her efforts, Katie Vacanti-Mitchell received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Above and Beyond Citizen Honor award for the State of Tennessee in March.


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