Fam­ily raises money for sick chil­dren

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - DAILY LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

NORTH COVEN­TRY » “We be­lieve Jared has given us the strength to es­tab­lish this me­mo­rial fund and help oth­ers in his name.”

Those are the words you’ll read if you visit the web­site for the Jared Pishock Foun­da­tion, a non-profit aimed at sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and chil­dren that strug­gle with longterm ill­ness or dis­abil­ity.

“My hus­band and I started the foun­da­tion in Jan­uary 2015. We just wanted to be an out­let that could help the fam­i­lies go­ing through the same thing we went through,” ex­plained Cor­rine Pishock, the mother of Jared Pishock, for whom the me­mo­rial is named. Jared was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia at the age of 2. He un­der­went more than three suc­cess­ful years of treat­ment be­fore re­laps­ing in Au­gust 2007. In April 2008, Jared en­tered CHOP to pre­pare for his bone mar­row trans­plant. Over the next weeks and months, many com­pli­ca­tions arose, ac­cord­ing to Pishock. In Au­gust 2008, at the age of 7, Jared suc­cumbed to his ill­ness.

“When you have a lot of hos­pi­tal­iza­tions you can’t work for a long time,” Corinne re­called. “One or both par­ents have to stop work­ing but the mort­gage, rent and util­i­ties are still due so we wanted to be able to help par­ents who are strug­gling with bills.”

And the foun­da­tion does just that with the help of so­cial work­ers from area hos­pi­tals.

“We con­tacted so­cial work­ers at Al­fred I. Dupont and CHOP and they bring the need to us by send­ing us a for­mal re­quest for the fam­i­lies. We pay the mort­gage or util­ity com­pany di­rectly so that their bills are taken care of,” she said.

So far, the foun­da­tion has helped about two dozen fam­i­lies who were strug­gling.

Ad­di­tion­ally the Pishocks raise money through an an­nual golf tour­na­ment in North Coven­try that is en­ter­ing its fourth year this Septem­ber.

“It re­ally has be­come my hus­band’s and my la­bor of love and it’s our way of giv­ing back. We had a lot of help when we were go­ing through it from friends and fam­ily and a lot of peo­ple don’t have it. We want to be that help for a lot of peo­ple who need it,” Cor­rine said. Al­though regis­tra­tion for this year’s golf tour­na­ment is full, those in­ter­ested in mak­ing a do­na­tion, read­ing about Jared’s story or learn­ing more about the foun­da­tion can visit www. jared­pishock­foun­da­tion.com.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PISHOCK FAM­ILY

Jared Pishock, 7, was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia at the age of 2. Jared suc­cumbed to his ill­ness in Aug. 2008, and his par­ents cre­ated a me­mo­rial fund in his honor.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PISHOCK FAM­ILY

Cor­rine and Michael Pishock cre­ated a me­mo­rial fund to honor their son, Jared, who died in 2008 fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia. The Jared Pishock Foun­da­tion has helped two dozen fam­i­lies who are strug­gling with bills while car­ing for a sick child.

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