Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pleased to announce the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts have come together to provide a mobile, fully-stocked Art Cart to give hospitalized teens additional opportunity for creativity and expression.
Representatives from the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and A.C. Moore gathered in the hospital on Friday, January 27 to unveil the Art Cart and present the gift to the Child Life team at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. They chose January because it includes National Teen Cancer Awareness Week. Often, children with cancer and other serious illnesses are confined to their room, which would normally limit their activities.
“The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation is proud to have spear-headed this initiative to promote awareness of the unique medical and social needs that hospitalized teens experience,” said Gisele DiNatale, Co-Founder and Executive Director. “We are pleased to be able to introduce an Art Cart as part of the activities we provide to hospitalized teens. We are so appreciative for our long-standing relationship with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and A.C. Moore.”
“At A.C. Moore, we know that art is therapeutic,” said Pepe Piperno, owner and CEO. “Making art relaxes us, reduces stress, gives us an outlet for personal expression, and helps to distract us for a while. And of course it’s fun! We hope that the art activities on the art cart will inspire children and teens battling illness in our communities – making the tough days a little bit brighter.”
“It’s truly inspirational when community-minded companies and foundations come together to help meet the needs of children and families,” says Cathy Kanefsky, Chief Development Officer for the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health. “We are grateful for the support of the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and A.C. Moore, and we know that our teen patients will appreciate the donations.”
Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves.
About Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation
Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation (ARVF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to bringing hope, excitement, and entertainment to teens that are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses while receiving hospital treatment. ARVF provides adolescent programs, and activities consistent with Alicia’s outlook on “making life good”. Since 2002, ARVF has successfully partnered with almost 100 children’s hospitals in 37 states throughout the country, funded 63 Teen Lounges and provided over 14,000 Teen Kits to critically-ill children. For more information about ARVF and to find out how you can help hospitalized teens, visit www.victoriousfoundation.org.
About A.C. Moore
A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer offering a vast selection of arts, crafts and floral merchandise to a broad demographic of customers. The first A.C. Moore store opened in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1985, and has expanded to more than 135 stores. Stores are located in the Eastern United States from Maine to Florida.
A.C. Moore is devoted to being the first choice for product selection, value and service that inspires and fulfills unlimited creative possibilities. The assortment, convenience, service and pricing differentiate them from their competitors. The assortment of merchandise consists of more than 60,000 stock keeping units, or SKUs, with approximately 40,000 SKUs offered at each store at any one time. They also offer custom framing in the majority of their stores. In-store events and programs for children and adults provide hands-on arts and crafts experience and encourage the creativity of customers.
For more information about A.C. Moore, visit http://www.acmoore.com/about.