QUAD TOWN Vol. 47 No. 25 June 26, 2012
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Academy of Kempo's "Help a Child Initiative"
is Helping to Put a Smile on Children's Faces
Hamden: On June 15, 2012 the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts delivered 2 boxes full of toys, games and craft projects to The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer and the Child Life Specialist-Pediatric Specialty Clinic at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. These items have been donated to the Academy of Kempo’s “Help a Child Initiative”. This fundraiser has been an ongoing project for the Academy since October 2009.
The “Help a Child Initiative” is a program started by Frank Ciarleglio, the Instructor at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden, to help children with life threatening diseases. “Our program is designed to collect items such as arts and crafts material for children as young as infant to 21 years of age. These items will include but not be limited to, Tempera Paints, sand art kits, bead kits, window painting kits, wood projects and jewelry kits. We are also collecting items that can be decorated, such as white tee shirts, white pillowcases, I-pod cases and cloth bags and general items needed to assist The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer and the Child Life Specialist-Pediatric Specialty Clinic at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. This is still one of our major goals with the program,” said Ciarleglio. “But because of the great response that we have had the program has grown into much more. We are also collecting toys, books, games and pretty much anything that a child can play with while they are undergoing treatments. The program also collects revenues so that the Tommy Fund will continue to have a budget built in to purchase what they need so the Child Life Specialist can work with the children who are undergoing cancer treatments. Prior to 2010, there really was not a budget for arts and crafts, and all of the arts and crafts were donated, but because of the “Help a Child Initiative”, the Tommy Fund was able to have a small budget for these items which have such an important impact with the children. The revenues also assist the Tommy Fund in continuing their research to find a cure for cancer and assist families that have children who are in a treatment program,” Ciarleglio continued.
This fundraiser is to help provide the children who are going through treatments a little bit of serenity. The children who are undergoing treatment either are admitted into the hospital, or are going to the Children’s Cancer Clinic. Their treatment time at the clinic can range anywhere from an hour to eight hours. “Being a parent of a child who has undergone such treatment, I have seen firsthand the joy and relief from reality the children experience sitting at the craft table. The children play and laugh as they create something special,” said Ciarleglio.
The Academy has a list of items they are collecting as well as a wish list from the Child Life Specialist-Pediatric Specialty Clinic on its web site, www.academyofkempo.com.
All products can be dropped off at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, located at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden Connecticut 06514. For more information on how to get involved, you can contact the Academy at (203) 288-9990, or visit them on the web at www.academyofkempo.com.
Monetary contributions are welcome in check form made out to the Tommy Fund or by visiting the Tommy Fund web site at www.tommyfund.org. Please note your check or on-line donation “Help a Child Initiative” so the Tommy Fund will know how to allocate your contribution.
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