Making the fight against cancer a little easier

family03The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation combats cancer through support for programs that go above and beyond the basic level of care.

In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US. Closer to home, cancer is the leading cause of death for Alaska Native people. While cancer death rates have decreased significantly in other ethnic groups, the cancer death rate for Alaska Native people has not changed significantly since 1980. You can learn more about Alaska Native health data, including information about Alaska Native cancer rates, at the ANTHC Epidemiology Center.

Your donations to the ANMC Oncology & Cancer Care Fund make it possible for the Foundation to support many aspects of cancer care at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), such as the Oncology Department and the Cancer Care Program.

Your donations help fund needs in the Oncology Department, such as critical equipment and supplies. And, when staying in the hospital for long periods, little things can make a big difference, so supported by the Foundation, the Cancer Care Program provides newly-diagnosed cancer patients with comfort bags. Each special bag lives up to its name, containing a fleece blanket, hot beverage mug, water bottle, various comfort/necessity items, and a cancer care binder containing information about cancer and treatment options, common problems, pain management, Traditional knowledge and resources.

Your donations also help Alaska Native children who have lost a loved one to cancer attend Camp Coho.   There is a distinct lack of grief resources in rural communities and Camp Coho provides a safe, supportive environment where children can share their feelings with others their age going through similar circumstances. We also support our adult patients through the Cancer Survivorship Retreat.

Please click on the button to donate to the ANMC Oncology & Cancer Care Fund.

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