Students Help Raise Money for Josh Cares
By Jessica Wuebbolt
On Wednesday, November 13, Seton raised 445 dollars to go to the organization Josh Cares which will provide sick patients with over twenty hours of care. Two Seton seniors, Kelley Kraemer and Tori Scholl organized this out of uniform day to help raise money for Josh Care’s Chain of Love event in December. Josh Cares is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that no critically or chronically ill children go through hospitalization alone or without the support when they need it the most. At any given time, averages of 25+ critically ill children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are alone. Josh Cares funds professionally trained Child Life Specialists who serve as surrogates for the families who are unable to be with their children. Child Life Specialists work to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in challenging hospital settings. Every $20 raised contributes to an hour a Child Life Specialist gets to spend with a child. The nonprofit is named after, and originated because of a ten year old, Josh Helfrich. Josh suffered a tragic bike accident and was then treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. While his family was at Cincinnati Children’s by his side, they noticed that there were many other children in the ICU who were not receiving a single visit. Following his death, the Helfrich family, along with Dan and Lynn Pierce, established the Child Life Fellowship Program in 2005 with the goal of ensuring that no critically ill child endures a lengthy hospitalization alone, feeling afraid and abandoned
The money Seton raised on Wednesday goes directly to help fund the Chain of Love Holiday Display and Celebration. This event is mainly organized by Josh Cares Student Advisory Council which is a group of high schoolers working together to make a difference in the lives of the children and families served by Josh Cares. Two Seton Seniors are lucky enough to be involved in this group, Kelley Kraemer and Tori Scholl. Each dollar raised will go to by one link of a paper chain. All of the individual chains are then connected together into one massive “Chain of Love” and displayed during the month of December at Newport on the Levee. Be sure to check out the Chain of Love on December 14 at Newport on the Levee!