Local non-profit to buy gaming systems for TMC for Children - Tucson News Now

Local non-profit to buy gaming systems for TMC for Children

Donations provided to UAMC Oncology clinic in 2011 (Source: http://www.kickcancerforstephen.com) Donations provided to UAMC Oncology clinic in 2011 (Source: http://www.kickcancerforstephen.com)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation is using a more than $8,000 donation from eegee's® to purchase video gaming systems for Tucson Medical Center (TMC) for Children's new Pediatric Medical & Surgical Unit.

TMC for Children is a unit dedicated to caring for children and families with its 24/7 pediatric emergency department, in-patient and ambulatory surgery departments, pediatric and newborn intensive care services and the region's only pediatric Gastrointestinal Laboratory.

Francie and Steve Placencia established the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation in memory of their son, Stephen Placencia, a courageous 17-year-old young man who experienced medical challenges well beyond his years.  According to his parents, Stephen had a wish that every pediatric cancer center have at least one room equipped with a gaming system for the patients to enjoy. 

The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation helps raise money to provide meaningful services to local hospitals and children fighting cancer, and this year the non-profit was the recipient of Eegee's ‘Drink Pink' campaign and their coin canister donation program. 

TMC for Children isn't the only medical facility to get help from Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation – they have also donated gaming systems to the UAMC Diamond Children's Pediatric Oncology Center.

"We are extremely grateful to eegee's® for their generosity and commitment to helping non-profit organizations like ours help the Tucson community," said Francie Placencia, in a recent news release. "The children and young adults with cancer are who we serve."

Future goals for the Foundation include donating video gaming systems for Tucson's Ronald McDonald House and the Family House in Pittsburgh, where Stephen's family resided during his treatment; also donating funding for childhood cancer research, and providing resources for parents and families of children with cancer.

The check will be presented to The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation on December 19 at 10:30 a.m. at TMC for Children.

For more information about The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation, please visit http://www.kickcancerforstephen.com.

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