Currently, funds raised by the Tad DuPriest Foundation are donated to ASK, a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which provides financial, spiritual, social and emotional support directly to over 1000 children and their families annually.
ASK was founded in 1975 by a small group of parents of pediatric cancer patients at MCV Hospital in Richmond, VA. They joined together to provide mutual support, to search for answers and to deal with the devastating diagnoses. 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.
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 steps in at the time of diagnosis to provide the children and 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.
Please visit ASK’s website for more information.