CALGARY, April 7 /CNW/ - The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
(ACHF) received a gift of $1.3 million today from Cenovus Energy to
help experts at the Alberta Children's Hospital in the fight against
childhood cancer. Their gift is specifically directed to support the
pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program.
"With support from the community, our hospital has become recognized
nationally for its high success rates in BMT survival and low rates of
graft-versus-host disease, a potentially fatal complication from
transplant," says Saifa Koonar, President and CEO of the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation. "This generous gift from Cenovus will
help our experts continue to expand and improve the use of BMT for kids
with cancer and those with other life-threatening diseases."
"We're extremely pleased to commit $1.3 million to help further the
Blood & Marrow Transplant program and increase the survival rate of
children fighting cancer,'' said Brian Ferguson, Cenovus President &
Chief Executive Officer. "We're heartened by the leading-edge work
being done at the hospital by the doctors, nurses, researchers and
other staff seeking innovative ways to treat cancer and other serious
illnesses. All of us at Cenovus are humbled by the courage of the
patients who deal with this every day."
Seven-year-old Hannah Baartman received a life-saving bone marrow
transplant five years ago to cure a rare blood disorder. She and her
mom, Andrea, personally thanked Brian Ferguson for the support from
Cenovus for kids like her. "Finding out that a BMT could save Hannah
was an incredible source of hope for us," says Andrea. "And now, this
gift from Cenovus is going to provide that same life-saving hope to
countless other kids and families."
The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in child health, research and family
centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides
funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced
medical training and internationally-recognized pediatric research.
Cenovus Energy Inc. is a Canadian integrated oil company. It is committed to applying
fresh, progressive thinking to safely and responsibly unlock energy
resources the world needs. Operations include oil sands projects in
northern Alberta, which use specialized methods to drill and pump the
oil to the surface. Cenovus has established natural gas and oil
production in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company also has 50%
ownership in two U.S. refineries. For more information, visit www.cenovus.com.
SOURCE Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
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