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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:
  
Sept. 8 - 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. 13 - Friends & Family Night - Pediatric Oncology & Infusion Center, 5 - 7 p.m.
First floor, D Tower, Suite D160 at Providence Alaska Medical 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.  Please RSVP to melanie.melendez@providence.org to confirm your attendance.
 
Sept. 18 - Remembrance Service, Providence Alaska Medical Center Chapel, 5 p.m.
First floor, near D Tower elevators at Providence Alaska Medical Center
Each year we remember those children who have lost their lives to cancer. All are invited.
 
Sept. 21 - Beads of Courage
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! Click here for more information.
 
You make the difference for Alaska's children and families!
Generous donations from the community help fund our parent navigator, child life specialists, and hospital-based educators 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)!
 
Realities of Kids' Cancer
  • Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.
  • There have been 24 new diagnoses of pediatric cancer in Alaska in 2013 (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!
 
 
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