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Peter Powerhouse Foundation of Harleysville, PA, Donates Wagons to duPont Hospital for Children

Cancer survivor rallied community to meet goal

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington
Peter Zucca

On November 4, the Peter Powerhouse Foundation, started by Peter Zucca, 11, (below) of Harleysville, PA, donated 50 wagons to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The sturdy wagons are a common site around the hospital, convenient for transporting patients, siblings and belongings. When Peter, a cancer survivor, saw a Facebook post that more wagons were needed, he approached his parents about wanting to raise enough money to buy 100 wagons for the hospital where he has been a patient since infancy.

  • The Zucca family established the Peter Powerhouse Foundation in June 2014. They held mini-golf outings, worked with a local book store to donate 20% of proceeds for a day, and initiated ‘Hats On for Childhood Cancer Day’ at Peter’s school, where students made a donation for the privilege of wearing a hat. In just a few months, they had raised enough money – about $7,000 – to fulfill half of Peter’s pledge and purchase 50 wagons.
  • Peter was treated as an infant for a rare rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues. Later, he developed a desmoid tumor which led to an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg. Peter and his family have spent a great deal of time at duPont Hospital for Children and other treatment centers.
  • At the wagon presentation, Peter’s mother, Dawn Zucca, said “Our hearts are here. There is no warmer place, no place where everyone consistently went the extra mile … for our family.” On hand to receive the wagons were many of Peter’s doctors, nurses and therapists. Watch Video of Wagon Presentation »
  • The Peter Powerhouse donation was the first such ceremony to be held in the newly expanded duPont Hospital for Children, which moved patients from the circa 1984 hospital building to the gleaming new wing on November 1.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.