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Popular Fundraiser Raises $350,000 for Albany Med's Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
   February 2, 2005


ALBANY, N.Y., February 2, 2005 – Albany Medical Center’s 21st annual “Dancing in the Woods” champagne ball, which benefits the region’s only Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, raised approximately $350,000.

            The Dec. 4 event was held at the Riverview Center, 150 Broadway, Menands and drew approximately 1,400 attendees.

            “The generous support of our community, corporate sponsors and volunteers is what makes this event such a success each year,” said Richard Sills, M.D., director of pediatric hematology and oncology. “We are extremely grateful to everyone involved for their commitment to this region’s only Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.”

Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP) was the lead sponsor for the fourth year. The donation was part of a five-year gift commitment CDPHP made to the Medical Center to provide $20,000 each year to support the fundraiser.

            The Center is the region’s only child and adolescent cancer and blood disorders program. Each year, the program helps more than 200 children and families whose active therapies include treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. In addition, continuing care is provided for more than 500 childhood cancer survivors each year.                                       

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