To recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Amazon hosted seven young patients and survivors at its Troutdale Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a day of fun and educational activities. During the event, Amazon gave children the chance to participate in "Camp Amazon: Gold Edition," a day camp packed with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related activities.
Amazon leaders also surprised patients and survivors with a $30,000 donation to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Amazon based the number on the 300,000 children around the world diagnosed each year with pediatric cancer — a leading noncommunicable disease causing the death of children around the world, Doernbecher noted.
"We're excited to once again for the month of September to help raise awareness for young innovators battling cancer," said Mike Moore, Amazon Fulfillment Center general manager. "At Amazon, we strive to be a good neighbor in the communities where our employees live and work. It's our hope that by hosting a Camp Amazon STEM event at our fulfillment center and donating $30,000 to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, we'll be able to support and elevate the important STEM activities that happen every day at the hospital."
Camp Amazon: Gold Edition is part of the Amazon Goes Gold (AGG) effort to raise global awareness for childhood cancer. Through September, AGG has donated more than $4.25 million to hospitals, research organizations and advocacy nonprofits nationwide.
Camp Amazon gives children a chance to be exposed to and get excited about STEM and learn how creative thinking is critical to Amazon Operations, noted Fulfillment Center spokesman Andrew Thompson.
"Through this experience, Amazon wants to encourage every child affected by cancer to continue imagining themselves as future innovators and expose them to the community and resources possible to do so," he said in a statement.
"We're grateful to Amazon for its generous contribution to OHSU Doernbecher," said Neah Jackson, from the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. "The smiles on the faces of patients prove just how important philanthropy and community support are to the healing process. The opportunity to forget about being sick and focus on fun and learning, even for a few hours, makes a world of difference to these courageous kids."
For more Information on Amazon Goes Gold, visit www.amazon.com/gogold.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.