On Friday, March 14, the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation donated Sony PlayStations and snacks for the patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s.
The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation was created in memory of Stephen Placencia, who died on Jan. 14, 2008, at the young age of 17 from fibrolamellar hepatocellualar carcinoma—a rare form of liver cancer.
While hospitalized, Stephen noticed few activities for teen-agers. “When teens are hospitalized, their stay is more bearable if there are fun things for them to do, such as playing video games or watching movies,” said Stephen’s mom, Francie Placencia. “Stephen wanted to improve the experience of teens who were hospitalized.”
About a year after Stephen’s death, Francie, her husband, Steve, and their three daughters created the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation, which raises funds through private donations and hosts an annual soccer tournament at Cienega High School, where Stephen attended school and played soccer.
Over the years, the foundation has donated flat-screen TVs, gaming systems, X-boxes and PlayStations, Wii systems, Guitar Hero, games, movies, Best Buy gift cards and countless snacks and treats for the patients and families at Diamond Children’s.
“This has been a meaningful way for us to keep Stephen’s memory alive,” said Placencia. “We’re doing it in Stephen’s honor, because he touched so many lives and we want his spirit to be carried on.”
“We are so grateful to the ‘Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation,’” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond Children’s. “Their generosity has given our patients countless hours of needed entertainment and distraction while hospitalized and healing.”
To learn more about the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation, please visit: http://www.kickcancerforstephen.com.