CALGARY, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, ATB Financial associates and
clients made a gift to the Alberta Children's Hospital that will make
the cancer journey a little easier to manage for kids and families in
ATB's 13th annual Teddy for a Toonie campaign raised over $310,000 to support the
hospital's Hematology, Oncology and Transplant program.
"With the generous support from ATB Financial, our cancer team is going
to be able to introduce a new program to help some kids with cancer in
the comfort of their own home", says Liz Ballendine, Director of
Community Initiatives for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.
"It's going to make a very real difference in the lives of these
The HOSPITAL AT HOME program will be offered to selected oncology
patients in the Calgary area. Specially trained nurses will travel to
the patient's home to administer certain chemotherapies, inject
medications or perform routine tests. "The HOSPITAL AT HOME program is
the first of its kind to be offered to kids with cancer in all of North
America," says Jennifer Giles, Nurse Practitioner with the Hematology,
Oncology and Transplant Program at the Alberta Children's Hospital.
"Children with cancer spend so much time in the hospital. This program
will give them more time to be at home healing in familiar surroundings
with the people they love."
"Anything we can do to decrease stress and improve the quality of life
of these brave kids, we're committed to do it," said Wellington
Holbrook, Executive Vice-President of ATB Financial. "We've been doing
Teddy for a Toonie since 2000 and each year, I am more blown away by
the efforts of our associates and the generosity of our customers. This
year's fundraising total puts us over the $5 million mark since we
started raising money for children's health in Alberta and that's a
Fundraising activities range from raffles to auctions to golf
tournaments. This year, the Rocky Mountain House branch raised the most
of all branches - $17,800 - through a fun money casino and other
community events. Over the last thirteen years, ATB Financial has
raised well over $2 million to support life-saving equipment, programs
and research at the Alberta Children's Hospital.
From May 1 - May 31, 2012, customers also donated $2 to the cause by
entering a draw to win a teddy bear at each ATB Financial location.
SOURCE: Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
For further information:
Sr. Associate, Communications
Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
P. (403) 955-8813
Director, Community Leadership