Join us on Friday, September 30th, 2011 for the 1st Annual "Putt fore Kids" Invitational
at Providence Golf Club
1600 S. Providence Road
1pm Shotgun Start
DFB is a group of three friends who want to make a difference. Stacy Dooms, Kevin Flippen, and Chris Brown started DFB this year (2010). We thought long and hard about how we could make a difference in the lives of others. We decided we all love golf, Let's throw a charity golf tournament! That was the easy part. Then we had to decide what charity we would make a contribution to. We did our research and have found a wonderful organization that is local to the Richmond VA area, and supports a great cause.
ASK was founded in 1975 by a small group of parents of pediatric cancer patients at MCV Hospital, Richmond, VA. They joined together to provide mutual support, to search for answers and to deal with the devastating diagnoses. These parents searched for simple pleasures for their children and support for themselves. They started with small changes like books, toys and games for the little ones to help alleviate the anxiety and pain of treatment, and small parent gatherings in the hospital waiting rooms to help reduce their own stress. These parents became the founding members of ASK. Their mission was simple and remains unchanged today as we continue to search for ways to make life better for children with cancer.
ASK continues to walk in the footsteps of its founders, determined in the mission “Making Life Better for Children with Cancer.” What began as a few small changes slowly grew into an extraordinary organization that has expanded its programs and services to meet the needs of children and families. ASK steps in at the time of diagnosis to help the family deal with the non-clinical side of what’s happening. While the hospital and medical staff focus on the treatment, ASK works to provide the children and their families with the quality-of-life support they need.
ASK enhances the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at VCU Health Systems by funding several positions including a psychologist, chaplain, and child life therapist. ASK also provides opportunities for cancer patients and their families to forget about their disease and enjoy life through sponsoring trips to local attractions and sporting events.