ASC makes a difference visiting MD Anderson Cancer Center
Hoping to make the holidays a bit brighter for young patients at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer. ASC staff made a visit with a van full of toys which brought big smiles to many faces. (from left to right) President Ahmed Alzayyat, Director of Public Affairs Mae Mozaini, MD Anderson’s Division Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Kleinerman and Public Affairs Representative Alma Kombargi.
The charitable giving program at Aramco Services Co. (ASC) supports Saudi Aramco’s larger commitment to be a worldwide leader in corporate citizenship. For members of ASC management, a visit to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center during the holiday season served as a reminder of this responsibility. But, most importantly, it was just a great thing to do in order to make the season just a little bit brighter for young patients.
One of the ASC commuter vans was put to good work transporting presents not people to the Center’s Robin Bush Child & Adolescent Clinic. The gifts provided a nice distraction from the daily routine of undergoing chemotherapy or other infusions. On average approximately 75 patients ranging in age from infant to 25 years old are seen daily in the clinic for blood work, doctor checkups or other outpatient treatment.
According MD Anderson’s Division Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Kleinerman, the holidays are quite busy because children are off from school so parents take advantage of this time to bring them in for follow up visits without worrying about time away from studies.
ASC staff members were greeted by a room full of children who quickly sized up the presents to select just the right gift for them. A baby doll, a remote-controlled truck or the ever-popular electronic gifts such as DVD players or MP3 music players were all scrutinized. No gift was left without a good look.
Along with the presents nearly 50 of the latest video games and movies were donated by ASC to re-stock the clinic’s game cart. The cart is a familiar sight to patients who are able to occupy their time by watching a movie or playing a game while receiving treatment. “It makes the time go so much faster for them while receiving treatment,” commented Kleinerman. It has been several years since the cart was updated with new titles and game releases so this was a most welcomed donation.
The visit from Dr. Kleinerman was a special added touch to the gift giving festivities.
The Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson is home to one of the largest multidisciplinary pediatric cancer care programs in the nation caring for more than 2,000 children a year. MD Anderson also provides support for the Saudi Aramco Medical Referral Program.