ALTAVISTA, Va. (WDBJ) — The Claire Parker Foundation improves the community while raising money for children battling cancer.
The remodeling of the foundation’s third house, located on Lola Altavista Avenue, began in March.
“It’s an old house. He was in a pretty rough state. When we got here, there was still furniture. There was a refrigerator that still contained food. So it was a project for sure. I would say after being in the other two houses, it was the worst,” said Karly Hagwood, director of communications for the Claire Parker Foundation.
Funds to renovate the houses come from donors and sponsors within the community.
“They love this community,” Hagwood added. “They just want to see it thrive and little Altavista can do something so big. They just want to see people come here and grow this community. What was really important to them about this project is that it benefits not only what we benefit from, but also this community.
The money from the sale of the house will be used to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families. Claire Parker’s parents started the foundation to remember her and help other families through what they’ve been through.
“She was at Duke, and they noticed a real need for quality of life programs while they were there, things that they didn’t have when they were thrown into this hospital for weeks or months,” said said Hagwood. “You don’t even have a notebook to write everything down, or toothpaste or anything to take a shower with. So they really noticed that need there. They created this foundation in memory of her to be able to reach these families and in a way that they are not reached.
The house should be on the market by the end of the year.
Donations can be made to ClaireParkerFoundation.org.
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