Amazon rolled out the orange carpet and greeted C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients attending Camp Amazon: Gold Edition with high fives and lots of enthusiasm. (Photo by Montez Miller)






C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients had the chance to not only see robots in action at Amazon’s Romulus fulfillment center on Wednesday, they also had the opportunity to leave their mark by signing a robot. (Photo by Montez Miller)

  Amazon honors Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

ROMULUS, MI - Earlier today, Amazon hosted Camp Amazon: Gold Edition at its Romulus fulfillment center for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 15 patients who showed a special interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas went with their families to Camp Amazon, a robotics and STEM day camp that encouraged kids to play, think creatively and imagine the future innovators in themselves.

The fun-filled day of activities for Camp Amazon: Gold Edition started with a VIP tour of the fulfillment center led by Romulus General Manager Shawn Westlund. Then, the kids dove into Vex Robotics kits, building their own robotic cars with the help of Amazonians.

To support the mission of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Westlund announced Amazon was also donating $30,000 to the hospital, which will be used primarily for its Block Out Cancer campaign researching a cure for childhood cancer. Dr. Rajen Mody, Professor of Pediatric Oncology and Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital accepted the check on behalf of the hospital.

At Wednesday’s Camp Amazon, Shawn Westlund, General Manager of Amazon’s Romulus fulfillment center presented a $30,000 donation toward C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s cancer research and programs to Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Dr. Rajen Mody. (Photo by Montez Miller)

“We are very excited about this partnership with Amazon,” said Dr. Mody. “Philanthropic contributions like this really help to inspire and drive the important studies that can lead to new discoveries, treatments, and approaches to care. Given the limited federal funding awarded to childhood cancer, this kind of support is really essential to move the field forward.”

C.S. Mott Patient Technology Coordinator J.J. Bouchard said the funds would also go toward a therapeutic gaming and digital technology program to entertain and educate patients.

“Our patient technology programs rely on donor support to share video games, virtual reality, Lego robotics kits, and other digital activities with young patients, so this gift from Amazon will make a big difference in brightening the hospital experience for countless kids,” said Bouchard. “The opportunity for kids to learn about, interact with, and enjoy different technologies really has a positive impact on their healing.”

As part of Camp Amazon: Gold Edition, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients and their families were given a tour of the company’s Romulus fulfillment center on Wednesday. (Photo by Montez Miller)

Camp Amazon: Gold Edition is part of its annual Amazon Goes Gold campaign, an effort across the Amazon network to draw attention to the illness during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During September each year, Amazon packages are colored gold to match the official color of the month.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States, yet there’s a disparity between the amount of federal funding for childhood cancer research and adult cancer research. Westlund said he and other Amazonians were proud to host Camp Amazon to shed light on the issue and create a memorable experience for patients.

“We’re incredibly honored to have hosted C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and are truly thankful for all that they do to support children and their families,” said Westlund. “With Camp Amazon, we hope to provide young people in this community with the tools and connections they need to build, imagine, and innovate.”





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