Did you know about 175,000 children worldwide under the age of 14 are diagnosed with cancer each year? In the U.S., more than 80% of childhood cancer patients become long-term survivors. However, children in other countries who don’t have the same access to high-quality medical care aren’t always as fortunate.
To support childhood cancer patients in need, Scorpion has donated to a nonprofit organization called Bridge of Health which connects pediatric cancer patients in Armenia with medical resources in the U.S. The organization “bridges the gap” for these patients so they can access the care and treatment needed to fight their cancer. The nonprofit, which is based in Tujunga, California, was founded by an Armenian woman who was able to secure treatment for her son’s leukemia in the U.S. Her mission was to extend the same opportunity to other children in her country.
Scorpion made the donation on behalf of one of our very own project managers, Marianna Dermarkariants, who is currently a member (a committed volunteer) for the organization. She has been involved with the organization since 2013.
Marianna said Bridge of Health has helped more than 95 children with cancer since 2012, working to provide children with blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and other essential treatments to give them a fighting chance at life.
“Some Bridge of Health members have direct face-to-face interactions with patients, families, and their doctors on a regular basis, so it becomes very personal when we receive updates and pictures on each kid,” Marianna said. “One of my favorite parts of being involved with Bridge of Health is witnessing our community members becoming so invested in our mission—store owners providing donation boxes, students becoming monthly donors, friends of friends volunteering their time and energy, venues offering their spaces, and so on. Our fundraising allows us to gather reserves to not only help one child at a time, but to bridge the gap between treatment and the finances needed for multiple courageous children.”
Bridge of Health will be hosting its 3rd annual Glow Gala on November 19 to raise funds for pediatric cancer patients in need—and to also celebrate the recoveries of children who have been served by Bridge of Health. The gala will be held at The Great Caesar Banquet Hall in Tujunga starting at 6 p.m. and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live performance, an art gallery, and a silent auction. Purchase tickets to the gala here!
At Scorpion, we love seeing our team members dedicate their time and energy to help others in need, and we strive to support them in those efforts. We’re happy to lend a helping hand through Scorpion Cares, our charitable giving division.
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