QUAD TOWN        Vol. 44        No. 43        November 17, 2009


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“Help a Child Initiative”

Giving to Children with Life Threatening Diseases


Hamden: The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts is sponsoring a fundraiser for “The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer”. The Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer is an organization that acts as a helping hand to the pediatric oncology section of the department of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Yale Cancer Center, working alongside the dedicated professionals in the field. Through their collaborative efforts, they are able to diagnose and provide treatment to children with blood disorders and malignancies, conduct research and teaching in the field of childhood cancer, and support entire families throughout a child’s treatment.

This fundraiser is to help provide the children who are going through treatments a little bit of serenity. The Academy is collecting craft materials and kits. The children who are undergoing treatment are either 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 undergoing such treatment, I see firsthand the joy and relief from reality the children experience sitting at the craft table. The children are playing and laughing as they create something special,” said Frank Ciarleglio, the Instructor at the Academy of Kempo in Hamden.

Kind people and organizations throughout the state and beyond who donate are the sole providers of the crafts that the children make. The Academy is reaching out to every parent and organization to get involved with this “Help a Child Initiative”. “If you are a parent or relative of a child that has or has had any ailments, I am sure this will reach you in some way that cannot fully be put into words. The Tommy Fund helps these children and their families in many ways, and with your help they can further their support,” said Ciarleglio.

We at the Academy are collecting 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. To find a more detailed list of products and items wished for from the Child Life Specialist-Pediatric Specialty Clinic visit us on our 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 or, the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, located at 7184 Main Street, Trumbull Connecticut 06611. For more information on the donation centers or how to get involved you can contact the Academy in Hamden 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.


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