CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - It’s a little easier for out of town families to afford traveling to Charlottesville for care at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Research teams working in UVA’s labs spent the week fundraising for the Alyssa House.

It was started in memory of 10-year-old Alyssa Divers who died from pediatric cancer in 2012.

On Friday, UVA lab employees presented a check to the charity.

“So we decided to provide the opportunities for families who have to come to UVA for treatment who also have a special child that's immunocompromised who may need a more isolated environment,” Lynn Divers, Alyssa mother. 

Often, the sickest kids can't be exposed to germs and stay at other temporary housing programs.

Alyssa House still needs donations before they can open for the first family in May.

If you want to help, you can learn how by clicking here.