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December 23, 2013

Seven Year-Old Donates Money to Breast Navigator Program

Orion Haury wanted to help “Mamas with Breast Cancer”

Seven year-old Orion Haury of Olympia, Washington noticed all the pink around during October and learned it was for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. He brought his mother, Jennifer, his piggy bank and wanted to donate his savings to help prevent his classmates from getting cancer. Jennifer, who works for Franciscan Health System, told him she didn’t think his classmates would get breast cancer, but their mommies sometimes do. Orion decided that he wanted to help mamas with breast cancer and went about raising money.

Orion’s first activity was to auction off his Halloween candy to members of his family. Jennifer was so touched by her son’s kind heart that she went on Facebook and shared his story. More donations started rolling in. Then they created a page on the GiveForward website and received even more donations. By the end of November Orion raised a total of $615 which he and his mom decided to donate to the Breast Navigator Program at Franciscan Health System.

For his efforts, Orion was presented with a framed letter of thanks by Franciscan Breast Navigator Program Manager Tricia Sinek. For Jennifer Haury sharing Orion’s story of compassion was what motivated people to donate to his cause.

“If a seven year-old can make a difference to impact people’s lives, why can’t the rest of us? “, said Jennifer Haury. “I am so proud of him. He is an awesome kid.”

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center in Burien; Franciscan Hospice House in University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national non-profit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Currently, CHI ranks as the nation’s third-largest faith-based health system, with annual operating revenues of $10.7 billion and approximately 78,500 employees. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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