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Alaska Native Cancer Foundation to present $20,000 to the Alaska Native Medical Center Oncology Clinic


RE: ANTHC Press Release: Alaska Native Cancer Foundation to present $20,000 to the Alaska Native Medical Center Oncology ClinicOct. 30, 2009

ANCHORAGE, AK — Margie Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRI and President of the Alaska Native Cancer Foundation, will present a check from the foundation for $20,000 to the Alaska Native Medical Center, 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Oncology Clinic.

The funds will go toward new chemotherapy chairs. “Our infusion chairs take a beating all day long,” said Dr. Greg Marino of the ANMC Oncology Clinic. “We need to replace about six of them, and the foundation is going to help with that.”

Cancer is the number one killer in Alaska, but it is even more serious for the Alaska Native population. Alaska Native cancer rates are the highest of any U.S. ethnic group — 34 percent higher than U.S. whites — and survival rates are 17 percent lower than for U.S. whites.

The Alaska Native Cancer Foundation is a fund to help Alaska Native families with costs associated with cancer treatment. It was “established by individuals who are concerned about improving cancer care treatment for Alaska Native people in the hospital here and throughout the state,” said Brown. “I’m just working in my capacity as an individual who’s concerned about this.”

Foundation members are volunteers, said Marino, so the majority of the funds they raise go directly toward patient care. “It makes me feel great,” Marino said, “because we have people who are not medical types who have recognized the impact of cancer on Alaska Native people and want to do something about it. … It’s a way for families and patients to help fight back.”

About the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a non-profit health organization owned and managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. For more information,

please visit www.anthc.org.

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