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Children to present Chains of Caring to senior leadership at Providence

Anchorage School District raising funds for Pediatric Oncology & Infusion Center
 
ANCHORAGE, AK – For the eighth year, Anchorage and Mat-Su schools participated in the Chains of Caring fundraising program, which encourages children to give back to their community and support children that have been affected by childhood cancer.
Chains of Caring are small pieces of construction paper links that were sold for a donation of 25 cents each to help Alaskan children being treated for cancer. Throughout September, as The Children’s Hospital at Providence recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness, participating classrooms sold paper links to be linked as one school chain. During the ceremony, the total amount raised by each school will be announced as the paper chains are linked together.
 
In the United States, more than 12,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer annually.  In Alaska, there are about 30 new diagnoses of pediatric cancer each year.  The Providence Pediatric Oncology Center is dedicated to providing the best quality care and family support services to children with cancer, as close to home as possible.  Over the past several years, the program at Providence has grown to include complex inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical oncology services for Alaska’s children.  Today, we are able to provide chemotherapy to kids diagnosed with cancer without ever having then leave Alaska – a milestone in our program’s history.
 
Media Event:
Who: Anchorage School District, The Children’s Hospital at Providence, The Providence Alaska Foundation
What: Students from the Anchorage School District will present their links to senior leadership of Providence Health & Services Alaska. This is a student philanthropy program to raise funds for Alaska’s kids and families affected by childhood cancer.
When: 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14
 
Where: Providence Health Park, Healing Arts Alcove, 3842 Piper St.
 
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About The Children’s Hospital at Providence
Located at Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital.  The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding NICU, PICU, and Maternity Center.  The 100-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and onsite clinics including neurological development, urology, endocrinology, orthopedics, genetics, cystic fibrosis, a subspecialty clinic, and a center for special needs.  For more information about the children’s hospital, visit: www.providence.org/childrenshospital
 
About the Providence Alaska Foundation
Through the generous contributions of its benefactors, the Providence Alaska Foundation advances the development of innovative health care services provided by Providence Health & Services Alaska. With special concern for the poor and vulnerable, the Foundation works to increase the availability of technologies, equipment and programs for all Alaskans. For more information visit about the Providence Alaska Foundation visit: www.providencealaskafoundation.org
 
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska.