Lori Lange Toy Fund comforts ANMC’s youngest patients

Posted on May 2, 2012 in Events

There are many large ways the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF) impacts the lives and health of the Alaska Native people we serve. Here is a story of one small but powerful way the foundation partnered with an Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) nurse to improve the care and treatment experience for some of our youngest patients.

As a sedation nurse at ANMC, Lisa Lange works with children every day who are apprehensive or even frightened in the hospital environment. Lange had an idea of offering toys to children to distract and relax them while they were being treated. Relaxed children also mean relaxed parents and better partnering for our doctors and nurses. The idea inspired Lisa to create the Lori Lange Memorial Fund in 2011, which provides toys tochildren visiting ANMC while also paying tribute to Lange’s daughter.

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Lisa named the fund after her daughter Lori, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, a seizure disorder, and other health problems. Lori spent many of her days and nights at ANMC, but maintained a happy attitude and always enjoyed being around other children and ANMC staff. ANMC treats thousands of children annually, so Lisa and her husband are proud that those young patients will benefit from a fund that honors their daughter.

The foundation is excited to provide financial assistance to help the fund thrive and benefit all pediatric patients, young and old. To date, donors have directed $2,451 to the fund.

Learn more about the many ways your gifts to HANF are helping improve the lives and health of Alaska Native people by emailing info@inspiringgoodhealth.org, or calling 729-5652.