WHAT: The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation (POTCF) www.treasurechest will open its 60th Treasure Chest Program at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN. The Treasure Chest Foundation is an Orland Park, Illinois based, non-profit organization that provides comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy, gift or gift card in 60 Children’s Cancer Treatment Centers nationwide. This Treasure Chest Program will open in memory of Philip J. Finn, whose passion for the Treasure Chest Foundation began in 1999. Sadly, Phil passed away in 2014.
WHO: Due to COVID-19, the opening ceremony for the 60th Treasure Chest Program will take place in front of Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Niswonger Children’s Hospital (in front) located at 400 N. State of Franklin Road in Johnson City, TN.
WHY: The POTCF is a unique organization whose services impact more than 14,000 young cancer patients in 60 cancer treatment centers in 20 states across the nation and in the District of Columbia. Nowhere else in the nation does such a program exist. Colleen Kisel founded the organization in 1996 after her then seven-year-old son Martin had been diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. Ms. Kisel discovered that giving her son a toy after each procedure provided a calming distraction from his pain, noting that when children are diagnosed with cancer their world soon becomes filled with doctors, nurses, chemotherapy drugs, surgeries and seemingly endless painful procedures. Martin celebrated his 27th anniversary of remission from the disease in March of 2020.
CONTACT: If you would like further information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, please contact Colleen Kisel at 708-687-TOYS (8697)
or Niswonger Children’s Hospital Child Life Manager Amanda Ward at 423-431-6895.