Nashua couple continues daughter's legacy by raising funds for CHaD
By Kimberly Houghton
Union Leader Correspondent |
May 23. 2014 10:56PM
Rebecca Tabat, left, graduated from Nashua High School North in 2009, and died one year later from an aggressive type of cancer. Now, her parents, Charlene and Martin Tabat, above, are raising funds to help renovate the pediatric ward at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. (Courtesy)
NASHUA — Four years ago, a vivacious 19-year-old graduate from Nashua High School North lost a courageous battle with cancer, but her mission to help young cancer patients live more comfortably is still thriving.
Despite her absence, Rebecca Rose Tabat’s non-profit organization — Cure With Hope — is standing tall, continuing to raise money to purchase games, toys, videos, books and electronics for kids admitted to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Next week, the fourth annual An Evening With Hope event has been planned to gather even more funds to help with Tabat’s project and to raise money to remodel the pediatric floor at the hospital. “This organization is still guided by Rebecca and her desires. I think she is probably blown away by the support of the community,” said Charlene Tabat, Rebecca’s mother. “I am sure she is just so amazed at how people are still remembering her and continuing her legacy.” Rebecca was diagnosed with inoperable, metastatic, signet-ring adenocarcinoma in 2009 and passed away eight-months later. During her stay in the hospital, she was touched by the plight of the younger children on the ward and decided to raise funds to purchase games, toys and other items that the children could use during their hospitalizations.
Charlene and Martin Tabat, of Nashua, have continued Cure With Hope’s commitment by supporting the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Child Life Program and Pediatric Inpatient Refresh Project. The remodeling of the pediatric wing includes creating a centrally located, family-friendly children’s play area.
“Having gone through this with a child of our own, I think it is so important for families to be able to connect and chat with each other about their situations,” said Charlene Tabat. “It is also nice to have a place where siblings can play and read and create some normalcy and comfort.”
Cure With Hope has donated more than $75,000 to the program and hopes to contribute another $25,000. All of the money raised has been through fundraising and donations, in addition to sales of Cure With Hope merchandise.
Next week’s An Evening With Hope benefit will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Alpine Grove in Hollis. Music, dancing, food and raffle prizes will be on hand, along with magic from BJ Hickman. Tickets are $30 in advance, and may be purchased at www.curewithhope.org or by calling 595-1931. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.
In previous years, nearly 250 people have attended the fundraiser. Charlene Tabat said she hopes for a strong turnout.
“We are really excited to be able to show a new architect sketch of the pediatric floor renovation, and what it will look like when it is finished,” she said. “This is a major project, and is so important to those who utilize the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.”