Up & Coming Weekly

May 16, 2023

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10 UCW MAY 17 - 23, 2023 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation is able to provide outings for cancer-affected families with children through the Karen Parker Allen Memorial Endow- ment. e purpose of the grant from Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. is to give patients the opportunity to enjoy normal family activities with- out focusing on their cancer diagnosis. e intention is that the activities will also allow a child to feel like a child during a difficult time. Karen Parker Allen passed away in 2016 at age 55 after a valiant five-year battle with stage 4 colon cancer. She is survived by her husband and nine children. She is best known for her incredible love for her family and her passion for living. In that spirit, her family established the Karen Parker Allen Memorial Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation in her loving memory. "Cape Fear Valley Health Founda- tion and the Friends of the Cancer Center are very grateful for the endowment and the Cumberland Community Foundation for making this program possible," said Vice President of Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation Sabrina Brooks. "Once the patients are identified, the Friends of the Cancer Center Advisory Council works directly with each family to plan an outing of interest." e program creates a day of activi- ties for the entire family to have fun experiences together, such as a day at museums or parks, outdoor activities, special learning opportunities, sport- ing events, or other activities. "We want families to have a day to enjoy normal family activities without having to focus on cancer treatment schedules or other things that may be associated with the cancer diagnosis," Brooks said. Activities have included going to the movies, the North Carolina Zoo, a Marksmen hockey game, trampoline park, going out to dinner and more. Grant helps children of cancer patients focus on family a STAFF REPORT NEWS Woodpeckers Sports Fund available to high school athletes a STAFF REPORT Fayetteville Woodpeckers An- nounce "Woodpeckers Sports Fund," Available to Cumberland County High School Athletes e Fayetteville Woodpeckers re- cently announced the establishment of the Woodpeckers Sports Fund, in partnership with Cumberland County Schools. is opportunity will be open to high school athletes in the Cumberland County School District, playing fall and spring sports. Courtesy of the Fayetteville Wood- peckers' Community Leaders Pro- gram, the Woodpeckers Sports Fund will distribute a total of $10,000 per school year to high school athletes in need of assistance for sports fees, uni- forms, or other costs associated with participating in their school's sports. Athletes may apply for assistance through the Woodpeckers Sports Fund later this summer for the fall semester and late fall for the spring semester. e Woodpeckers Sports Fund was announced May 5, during the Second Annual Jackie Robinson Showcase, which brought six local Title I high school baseball teams to Segra Sta- dium. e Woodpeckers and Com- munity Leaders Program partners are proud to support young athletes by providing the resources they need to develop physically and mentally into future leaders in our community. For more information about the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, please visit www.fayettevillewoodpeckers.com. e Woodpeckers Sports Fund was an- nounced May 5 during the Jackie Robinson Showcase of high school baseball teams. (Photo courtesy Fayetteville Woodpeckers)

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