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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

You are invited to join us for the following events in observance 
of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:
 Meet Sophia & Oscar: Sophia is eight years old and is from Chugiak, Alaska. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Meet Sophia & Oscar
Sophia is eight years old and she is from Chugiak, Alaska.
She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014.


Sept. 7 - Trick or Treat in the Heat
Visit the Trick or Treat in the Heat website to learn more about how to get involved in this great community event!

Sept. 8 - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day! 
Please say "thanks" to your favorite Pediatric Hem/Onc Nurse!

Sept. 16 - Remembrance Service, Providence Alaska Medical Center Chapel, 5:30pm
First floor, near D Tower elevators at Providence Alaska Medical Center
Each year we light candles and remember those children who have lost their lives to cancer.  All are invited.

Sept. 20 - Beads of Courage Bead Challenge – ArtmosphereStudio.com, 10am - 4pm
801 E. 82nd Unit #16A
Beads of Courage has challenged the talented bead artists of Anchorage to fire up their flaming hot torches and melt colorful glass into meaningful symbols of COURAGE! These one-of-a-kind glass beads will be given to children coping with a serious illness to help them record, tell, and own their story of courage. The public is invited to attend and BEad amazed!

Sept. 22 – Dine and Donate at Lone Star Steakhouse, 11am  – 10pm
4810 C Street

Lone Star Steakhouse is partnering with Providence to help local children! Just by dining here on Monday the 22nd, Lone Star will donate 15% of your check back to The Children's Hospital! Make sure to mention this email during your meal. What better excuse to get an extra dessert – it's for the kids!

Sept. 25 - Friends and Family Open House - Pediatric Oncology and Infusion Center, 5:30 - 7pm
Providence Cancer Center, 3851 Piper Street
Pediatric Oncology and Infusion has moved! We are in a new space in the Cancer Center. Patients are being encouraged to invite their friends and family to visit and learn more about where they receive cancer treatment. The public is invited to learn more about how we treat pediatric cancer in Alaska and how you can help.  Refreshments provided.
 
You make the difference for kids and families at The Children's Hospital at Providence! Generous donations from the community help fund our parent navigator, child life specialists, and hospital-based educator serving children and families at the Pediatric Oncology and Infusion Center. What makes these services so special is they are available to all who enter our doors at no cost to the individual or family.  Because of this, we truly rely on support from community members like you. Click here to support local kids with cancer (select Cure Kids Cancer)!

Support our generous community partners!
Another easy way to help kids and families in Alaska is by visiting one of our corporate partners and supporting their efforts. Throughout September, stop by Subway, Kaladi Brothers, Lone Star Steakhouse and Sugarspoon and discover delicious ways to dine and donate. 
Realities of Kids' Cancer:
  • Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.
  • There have been 19 new diagnoses of pediatric cancer in Alaska in 2014 (to date).
  • More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease.
  • Before they turn 20, about 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will have cancer.
  • Childhood cancer kills more children than any other disease - more than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies, combined.
  • One in five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.  Six Alaskan children have lost their battle with cancer already this year.
  • Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have a long lasting chronic condition from the very treatment that helped save their lives. By the time they're 45, more than 95% of survivors will have a chronic health problem and 80% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.
  • Almost 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their cancer, joining the growing population of long-term childhood cancer survivors.

    Source: St. Baldrick's
The Children's Hospital at Providence is supported by generous donations from the community. Thank you! For more information or to learn how you can help support the Pediatric Oncology and Infusion Center, please contact the Providence Alaska Foundation at 907-212-3600 or visit our website to make a donation today!