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Amazon, ACCO Provide Memorable Experiences for Former Sutter Children’s Center Patients

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — It’s not every day that a child gets to go behind the scenes to see how an Amazon warehouse operates.

Tommy, a former Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento, patient checks out the Amazon fulfillment center during a recent tour.

Two former Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento patients did just that when Amazon partnered with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) to provide experiences for 30 pediatric oncology patients around the country.

Tommy, who wants to be an animator, and Leah, a budding chemist who has shown an interest in coding, visited the Amazon warehouse in Tracy where they got a first-hand look at the technology that helps the facility operate. Tommy, 10, met with designers and illustrators who create the company’s videos.

“It was a really neat experience,” said Tommy’s mom, Jennifer. “He had a great time. The designers said they were going to feature him in one of their upcoming videos.”

Through a new collaboration, ACCO and Amazon celebrated children diagnosed with cancer who demonstrate an interest in STEM. In September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, ACCO and Amazon delivered smiles to 30 children in 30 days, one for every day of the month, through exciting STEM-related immersion experiences across the country.

Leah’s experience included learning about coding and how the robots at Amazon fulfill orders. As an added bonus, Leah, 8, got to meet the San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders.

“She was excited to meet them,” said Leah’s mom, Yuri. “They taught her some new moves and Leah picked them up right away. It was a great day.”

Amazon made donations on behalf of each child to pediatric oncology programs across America committed to saving their lives. Sutter Children’s Center’s Child Life Program received $20,000 from Amazon to help pediatric patients and their families cope with their time in the hospital.

Leah listens to a guided tour of the Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy.

For both parents, the decision to send the donations to Sutter was a no-brainer.

“Leah spent about nine months of her life at Sutter Children’s Center,” Yuri explained. “She went through very intense, unconventional treatment and it worked for her. Everyone at the hospital – from the nurses, to EVS was amazing. We couldn’t have expected a better staff anywhere else.”

The donation will go into a general Child Life fund and be used to provide similar experiences for patients and their families at the hospital.

“We are so grateful to Amazon for providing Tommy and Leah these extremely memorable experiences,” said Amy Medovoy, child life coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “It was clear from looking at the photos that both of them had a great time. We are also very pleased to be on the receiving end of this donation. We will continue to enhance the programs and services we provide to our families.”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments