COVID-19 Statement of Hope
To our Embassadors,
In these uncertain times, the Emily Whitehead Foundation is uniquely aware of the heightened concerns and struggles surrounding immunosuppressed children and adults. The extreme measure of precaution rising in response to COVID-19 is all too familiar for families with children fighting cancer, as well as survivors whose immune systems remain weakened. While we as a community are faced with new and unprecedented challenges, we assure you that we remain undeterred in our mission to support research and be a resource for families.
We are practicing social distancing, but not social disconnection. In the coming days and weeks, we are dedicated to connecting with you to communicate new information, share perspective, and offer hope. We are reaching out to our partners in the medical field and the families with children at risk to learn how the Emily Whitehead Foundation can help and provide support. We know firsthand that acts of kindness, as well as unwavering hope and a positive attitude, can brighten the darkest outlook.
As has always been the case, the dedication and support of you, our friends and family, is a fountain of inspiration. Our largest fundraising events, the 6th Annual Tee Off for T-Cells Golf Tournament on July 10, and the Believe Ball on September 19 are, as of yet, unaffected. We are closely monitoring all updates and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and best possible experience for our participants and attendees and we will communicate those with you as they come.
In the meantime, we ask that you take care of yourself, your family, and your communities. And, most importantly, we ask that you stay hopeful.
EWF Dream Team
Update ( 4/13/20): Out of precaution for ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move the second chapter of our Emily Whitehead Foundation Believe Ball to Saturday, September 18, 2021. Read our statement here.
Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know
National Cancer Institute (NIH)
How to Protect Yourself
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App
Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)