Amazon surprises Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s with a $500,000 donation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September 28, 2020
In an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against childhood
cancer, Amazon surprised Dana-Farber/Boston
Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center with a $500,000 donation. The gift will support
pediatric research, holiday gifts, and virtual events for pediatric patients and
their families as part of the company’s global Amazon Goes Gold campaign during
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Amazon Goes Gold is the company’s annual
campaign to raise awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
In addition to partnering with hospitals like Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s to
support their missions and patients, Amazon also colors packages gold (the
official color of Childhood Cancer Awareness) during the month of September to
further increase awareness around the world. Additionally, to date, Amazon has
donated more than $6 million to childhood cancer programs across the country
and around the world. This September, Amazon is doubling down on its focus
toward innovative research by donating $4 million to eight leading cancer
research institutions across the U.S.
“We are so grateful
for the support from Amazon. This gift will enhance our efforts to identify new
therapies for children and our work on health disparities in childhood cancer.
New interventions are needed in both areas such that we can cure all children
with cancer,” said Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD, President, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s.
“We're excited to once again #GoGold for
the month of September to help raise awareness for young innovators battling
childhood cancer,” said Rich Hanna, general manager of Amazon’s Fall River
fulfillment center. “At Amazon, we strive to be a good neighbor in the
communities where our employees live and work. It's our hope that by supporting
the research to fund a cure for childhood cancer, while also providing a
virtual party for patients of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we are able to
deliver smiles for years to come.”
“Make a wish list Amazon said, and we
did. A week later, Amazon granted our wish and then some! The gifts that
were donated will go into our “Special Day” closet, which we keep filled with
gifts to recognize various milestones like the end of treatment, birthdays, and
event help on extremely tough days for our patients,” said Lisa Scherber,
Director, Patient & Family Programs at Dana Farber/Boston Children’s.
will support Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s commitment to providing children with cancer
with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow's cures
through cutting-edge research. Specifically, Amazon’s gift will fund developing
targeted interventions in pediatric cancer, from developing new drugs to
intervening in healthcare disparities.