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Memorial Day

WHEREAS, America was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, and we recognize the generations of brave, patriotic men and women who have served in the military and have given their lives to protect and defend our Nation; and WHEREAS, each year on the...

Arbor Day

WHEREAS, Arbor Day was first recognized by the State of Alaska in 1966 with the intent to increase public awareness of the importance of the conservation and propagation of trees and forests to the ecosystem and the daily life of the citizens of Alaska; and WHEREAS,...

Emergency Medical Services Week

WHEREAS, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a vital public service, and reliable access to fast, quality emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden and life-threatening illness or injury; and WHEREAS,...

Safe Boating Week

WHEREAS, Alaska offers numerous outdoor water activities including kayaking, river rafting, sport fishing, and boating on a multitude of available waterways, and Alaska’s lakes, rivers, and coastline are used for recreation, work, subsistence, and transportation; and...

Peace Officers Memorial Day

WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. WHEREAS, we preserve and uphold this tradition of recognition and remembrance as a...

Alaska Law Enforcement Week

WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. WHEREAS, we preserve and uphold this tradition of recognition and remembrance as a...

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, children are Alaska’s most valuable asset, and quality care, stimulating learning environments, and positive early experiences help prepare them for a bright and successful future; and WHEREAS, although parents are the most important caregivers in a child’s...

Alaska Mining Day

WHEREAS, Alaska’s expansive landscapes are known to contain tremendous deposits of gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, coal, gravel, rare earth minerals, and other critical and strategic minerals that are an essential component of our Nation’s economy and security; and...

School Nurses Day

WHEREAS, nurses are a critical component of our health care system, and the dedicated and compassionate professionals in this field are vital in maintaining a high quality of life for all; and WHEREAS, to be a nurse, one must have a commitment to selfless service,...

State Employee Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, a career in public service is an investment in the wellbeing of Alaska’s communities, families, and people; and WHEREAS, public service employees build and maintain the framework and infrastructure on which Alaska’s schools, businesses, and communities can...

Agriculture Day

WHEREAS, agriculture plays an integral role in the success of every civilization and was instrumental to the settlement of Alaska. From farmers feeding the miners of the 1800s gold rush to the settlers of the Tanana Valley, Alaskan agricultural frontiersmen have been...

Nurses Week

WHEREAS, nurses are a critical component of our health care system, and the dedicated and compassionate professionals in this field are vital in maintaining a high quality of life for all; and WHEREAS, to be a nurse, one must have a commitment to selfless service,...

Public Service Recognition Week

WHEREAS, a career in public service is an investment in the wellbeing of Alaska’s communities, families, and people; and WHEREAS, public service employees build and maintain the framework and infrastructure on which Alaska’s schools, businesses, and communities can...

Correctional Officers Week

WHEREAS, Correctional Officers are trained law enforcement professionals dedicated to maintaining safe and secure correctional facilities and ensuring public safety; and WHEREAS, the duties of Correctional Officers include the supervision, care, and rehabilitation of...

Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Day

WHEREAS, all Alaskans have the right to safety and justice, and the elevated rates of missing and murdered Indigenous persons in Alaska is a serious problem; and WHEREAS, in 2023, Alaska reported 155 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous persons – 143 missing and...

Alaska Youth Apprenticeship Week

WHEREAS, youth apprenticeship programs play a vital role in providing job opportunities and pathways to Alaskans by allowing youth apprentices to earn while they learn, advance into good, quality jobs and well-paying careers, and the ability to advance in those...

Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week

WHEREAS, public and firefighter safety is the first priority in all wildland fire management activities within our State, and agencies and organizations in Alaska share common goals to provide protection and reduce loss of life and property while preserving and...

National Day of Prayer

WHEREAS, in 1952, a joint resolution by Congress declared an annual day of prayer, and in 1988, the law was amended to permanently set the day as the first Thursday in May each year; and WHEREAS, faith has played a significant role in American history, inspiring the...

Elks National Youth Week

WHEREAS, it is our duty to guide, inspire, and encourage our youth to go forth and serve America by becoming productive citizens; and WHEREAS, to achieve this worthy objective, we must demonstrate our understanding of the dreams and aspirations of our young people,...

Alaska Bike Month

WHEREAS, Alaska offers breathtaking scenery for biking and recreation on a multitude of roads and trails; and WHEREAS, established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, May is National Bike Month and is celebrated in communities across the United...

Water Safety Month

WHEREAS, Alaska is renowned for the beautiful lakes, rivers, and thousands of miles of coastline that provide Alaskans and visitors alike a wide variety of water-related activities to enjoy as part of the unique outdoor experience that life in the Last Frontier...

Motorcycle and Motor Scooter Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Alaska’s road systems provide some of the most beautiful views in the world, making Alaska an excellent location for motorcycle and motor scooter use; and WHEREAS, many registered motorcyclists, who undergo extensive training and testing to obtain a license,...

Mental Health Awareness Month

WHEREAS, mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects how we think, feel, and act, as well as how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices ; and WHEREAS, four percent of adults today live with a variety of mental...

Foster Parent Appreciation Month

WHEREAS, children are Alaska’s most precious resource, and every child deserves a safe, loving, and stable home where they can grow, learn, and play; and WHEREAS, children in our communities who must be temporarily removed from their home to address their physical and...

Building Safety Month

WHEREAS, Alaskans are committed to recognizing that our growth and strength depends on the safety and effectiveness of our homes, buildings, and infrastructure, in everyday life and when disasters strike; and WHEREAS, our confidence in the resilience of these...

Aviation Appreciation Month

WHEREAS, aviation is an essential part of the Alaskan way of life because eighty-two percent of Alaska’s communities are inaccessible by road and they rely heavily on aviation for commerce, transportation, emergency medical services, shipment of essential goods, and...

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

WHEREAS, nearly 86,000 persons who trace their roots to Asia and the Pacific Islands make their home in Alaska; and WHEREAS, the languages, beliefs, and traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders enrich our communities and our State; and WHEREAS, we respect...

Older Americans Month

WHEREAS, Alaskan seniors, who numbered 156,832 in 2023, representing 21 percent of the State’s total population , have strengthened and enriched our communities through their diverse life experiences, social engagement, and valued contributions; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s...

Alaska Native Plant Month

WHEREAS, native plants are indigenous species that occur naturally in particular geographic regions, ecosystems, and habitats; and WHEREAS, native plants support healthy, diverse, and sustainable communities and ecosystems and are critical for purifying air, filtering...

Small Business Week

WHEREAS, America’s success is driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard, and in Alaska, we recognize that our small business sector is one of the greatest strengths of our prosperous State; and WHEREAS, from mom-and-pop shops to high-tech startups or...

Denim Day

WHEREAS, Denim Day originated in April 1999 as a symbol of protest in response to an Italian high court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight denim pants; and WHEREAS, Denim Day is intended to draw attention to the fact that rape...

Crime Victims’ Rights Week

WHEREAS, throughout our country, millions of people of all ages and from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds are victimized by crime each year; and WHEREAS, those who have fallen victim to crime are not always identified or open about their experiences, and...

Education and Sharing Day

WHEREAS, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson worked tirelessly to advocate for the values of education, morality, and civic duty throughout his life, and in 1978, the United States Congress validated Rabbi Schneerson’s efforts with the proclamation of Education and...

Flood Preparedness Week

WHEREAS, spring in Alaska brings the potential for devastating floods caused by ice jams in rivers, coastal storm surges, high precipitation, and rapid thawing of winter snow and ice that endangers lives, property, and community economies along major waterways; and...

Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

WHEREAS, situations that require the assistance of law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical responders can occur at any time; and WHEREAS, when an emergency occurs, the quick response of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics is critical to...

Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day

WHEREAS, for nearly two and a half centuries, men and women in the United States Armed Forces have served our Nation with courage, honor, devotion, and sacrifice; and WHEREAS, on this day in 1942, the largest number of Americans to ever surrender were captured by...

The Week of the Young Child

WHEREAS, children are our most precious resource, and the early years of a child’s life are fundamental for social and cognitive development; and WHEREAS, a brighter future for Alaska depends on the quality of early childhood experiences provided to our children...

Child Abuse Prevention Month

WHEREAS, every child is entitled to love, care, security, and protection from abuse, exploitation, and neglect, and we must protect our children’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and WHEREAS, child abuse affects millions of children...

Bear Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Alaska is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and the State’s healthy wildlife populations have a significant impact on the Alaskan way of life; and WHEREAS, our State is notably home to all three species of North American bears, including approximately...

Arab American Heritage Month

WHEREAS, Alaska is comprised of many languages, belief systems, and traditions, and this diversity strengthens the social fabric of our State; and WHEREAS, we respect the heritage and traditions of all cultures in our State and are proud of the assortment of...

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

WHEREAS, on the 23rd anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alaskans are reminded that we must continue to work together to prevent sexual assault and increase public awareness of the support groups that provide resources to survivors and those at risk; and...

Second Chance Month

WHEREAS, every person is entitled to the inalienable right of being treated with dignity and compassion, and those who have stumbled should be given the opportunity to become contributing members of our Great State once again; and WHEREAS, approximately 70 million...

National Public Health Week

WHEREAS, the week of April 1-7, 2024, is National Public Health Week, and the theme for the week is “Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving: We Are All Public Health”; each day of the week has a unique theme, and this year’s themes are Civic Engagement, Healthy...

Month of the Military Child

WHEREAS, many brave Alaskans serve in the United States military, and military members sacrifice time with their families and loved ones to protect the security and freedom of our Great Nation; and WHEREAS, Alaskans recognize and commend the children in our...

Vietnam Veterans Day

WHEREAS, throughout the history of our Great State and Nation, countless courageous individuals have bravely answered our Country’s call to patriotic duty; and WHEREAS, the Vietnam War lasted for almost two decades, making it one of the longest military conflicts in...

Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day

WHEREAS, emergency preparedness is critical for survival in times of crisis, and as one of the world’s most seismically-active regions, Alaska is highly susceptible to earthquakes; and WHEREAS, of the 20 largest earthquakes in United States history, over half of them...

Tsunami Preparedness Week

WHEREAS, emergency preparedness at State, regional, and local levels is extremely vital for survival in times of crisis; and WHEREAS, Alaska is one of the world’s most seismically active regions and has the most coastline of any U.S. state, and its coastlines contain...

Women in Construction Week

WHEREAS, our Nation has been shaped by the actions of women of every socioeconomic background and women play a role in every field of professional employment, representing a significant portion of the workforce; and WHEREAS, construction professionals play a critical...

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

WHEREAS, developmental disabilities affect more than an estimated 11,600 Alaskan children, adults, and families; and WHEREAS, a developmental disability is a lifelong, chronic mental or physical impairment that manifests itself before a person reaches the age of 22...

American Red Cross Month

WHEREAS, as one of the Nation’s oldest and most recognized humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross has long been a symbol of the compassion and selflessness that defines the American way of life; and WHEREAS, the American Red Cross provides care to those in...

Rare Disease and Disorder Day

WHEREAS, a rare disease or disorder is a physical condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Approximately 30 million people in the United States and 400 million worldwide are affected by Rare Diseases and Disorders; and WHEREAS, there are many different causes...

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

WHEREAS, born July 4, 1911, in Petersburg, Alaska, Elizabeth Peratrovich was an Alaska Native woman of the Tlingit nation who was instrumental in the campaign against ending the discrimination that plagued the Alaska territory, and in doing so, she left a permanent...

Ronald Reagan Day

WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan was a prominent leader who was dedicated to representing American values on a global scale; and WHEREAS, President Reagan served for two terms as the 40th President of the United States, reshaping national politics with his...

Cancer Awareness Day

WHEREAS, the well-being of Alaskans is of the utmost importance, and is greatly enhanced through increased awareness of possible threats to personal health; and WHEREAS, cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, and in Alaska, cancer has been the leading...

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

WHEREAS, all Alaskans have the right to healthy and safe relationships, and it is of utmost importance that adequate education about healthy relationships be available to Alaska’s youth, as well as shelter and assistance for those who are experiencing abuse; and...

Career and Technical Education Month

WHEREAS, in the Great State of Alaska, we strive towards the betterment of our citizens and look to provide every individual with access to quality educational opportunities; and WHEREAS, career and technical education (CTE) provides students with the knowledge,...

Black History Month

WHEREAS, in 1976, as Americans celebrated the national bicentennial, President Gerald Ford urged the Nation to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” and, for the...

Alaska School Choice Week

WHEREAS, all children in Alaska should have access to the highest quality education possible; and WHEREAS, the State of Alaska recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students in Alaska to be successful adults; and WHEREAS, we...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of broadening equality and justice for all helped advance our Nation and redirect the conversation about race for generations of Americans; and WHEREAS, born during a time of heightened racial discrimination and oppression...

Alaska Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, protecting the safety and wellbeing of all Alaskans is the first priority and highest calling of the State of Alaska, and it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties and responsibilities of their law enforcement officers and agencies; and...

Alaska Human Trafficking Prevention Month

WHEREAS, human trafficking is modern day slavery with an estimated 27.6 million people affected globally, and with cases being reported in every U.S. state and territory; and WHEREAS, human traffickers lure their victims with promises of honest work opportunities,...

Mentoring Month

WHEREAS, Alaska’s youth are Alaska’s future, and it is essential that we strengthen and challenge their minds through effective mentoring; and WHEREAS, a mentor dedicates time to a young person to help them develop personal strengths and reach their full potential...

HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

WHEREAS, starting in 1988 and recognized annually on December 1st, World AIDS Day is a global event to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and to honor and support those living with and affected by HIV; and WHEREAS, in 2023, we mark the 35th...

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

WHEREAS, December 7, 2023, marks the 82nd anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and WHEREAS, this military assault claimed the lives of over 2,400 American soldiers and citizens and wounded over a thousand more, and the resulting...

Computer Science Education Week

WHEREAS, Computer Science Education Week highlights the crucial role that computer science plays in our society and how computer science increases social interaction, enables innovation, and creates economic opportunities; and WHEREAS, the field of computer science is...

Adoption Day

WHEREAS, Alaska’s children are our future, and every child deserves to experience the security and love of a stable home; and WHEREAS, on an average day, thousands of Alaskan children are unable to remain safely in their homes and as of October 2023, 2,600 Alaskan...

Alaska Apprenticeship Week

WHEREAS, Apprenticeship Week is celebrating its 9th anniversary of raising awareness of the vital role that Registered Apprenticeships play in providing opportunities to Alaskans by allowing apprentices to earn while they learn and preparing a pathway to good, quality...

Veterans and Remembrance Day

WHEREAS, our nation was built upon the belief that all citizens are guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and WHEREAS, the freedoms we enjoy and values we hold dear as Americans do not come without sacrifice. As a Nation...

Women Veterans Day

WHEREAS, women have served honorably and courageously in all of America’s wars and conflicts since the American Revolution, but their service was traditionally left unrecognized; and WHEREAS, although women did not officially receive permanent military status until...

Alaska Native Heritage Month

WHEREAS, Alaska is a culturally rich and diverse land made up of the Iñupiaq of Northwest Alaska, the Athabascan of the Interior, the Yup’ik and Cup’ik of Southwest Alaska, the Unangax of the Aleutian Islands, the Alutiiq of Southcentral Alaska, and the Tlingit,...

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is a progressive and degenerative brain disease that affects memory, thinking, decision-making, and behavioral processes, and hinders the cognitive ability to care for oneself, eventually leading to...

Family Caregivers Month

WHEREAS, all Alaskans, regardless of age, ability, or location deserve access to the wide variety of health care options in Alaska; and WHEREAS, we are blessed to live in a time in which medicine and technology allow us to live longer; however, despite these advances,...

Veterans Small Business Week

WHEREAS, veterans own nearly one out of ten of all U.S. companies, employing over five million people and issuing nearly $200 billion in paychecks each year. From Main Street store fronts to virtual high-tech startups that advance America, veteran-owned small...

First Responder Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, courageous individuals, both professional and volunteer, including police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, paramedics, EMTs, 911 dispatchers and operators, search and rescue teams, and other roles in the public safety sector come together as...

Lights On After School Day

WHEREAS, the health, safety, and education of all Alaska’s children is essential to the happiness, success, and well-being of Alaska’s families and communities; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s youth can have enriched academic experiences when they are offered diverse...

Alaska Territorial Guard Day

WHEREAS, the service of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) in the protection of Alaska during World War II represents service above self that is a hallmark of the Alaskan spirit; and WHEREAS, following the assault on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, Alaska Territorial...

Alaska Day

WHEREAS, on October 18, 1867, Alaska officially became a United States Territory after the formal transfer from Russia; and WHEREAS, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in March of 1867, although the formal transfer did not officially occur...

Alaska Manufacturing Day

WHEREAS, craftsmanship and ingenuity is embedded in the legacy of the Last Frontier and has has helped shape our great state into what it is today; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s breathtaking size, natural beauty, bountiful resources, and strategic location are the envy of the...

Winter Weather Preparedness Week

WHEREAS, Alaskan winters bring distinct beauty and recreational opportunities. Once snow and ice cover the landscape, people in Alaska can ski, snowboard, snow machine, snow shoe, climb or skate on ice, and engage in many other winter activities; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s...

Alaska Startup Week

WHEREAS, entrepreneurs and startup businesses play a vital role in the growth and expansion of Alaska’s economy, creating new businesses and jobs throughout our city, state, and country; and WHEREAS, entrepreneurs demonstrate resiliency, passion, and the ability to...

Alaska Employ People with Disabilities Week

WHEREAS, Alaska Statute recognizes the first full week of October as Alaska Employ People with Disabilities Week to celebrate and promote the integration of Alaskans with disabilities into our state’s workforce; and WHEREAS, this observance highlights the talent and...

Pedestrian Safety Month

WHEREAS, Alaska’s extensive road and trail networks showcase some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, making our state an ideal destination for biking and walking, which are healthy and are enjoyed as environmentally friendly transportation options; and...

Fire Prevention Month

WHEREAS, fire safety and prevention are of utmost importance for every Alaskan. Each year, fires cause devastating personal injury and property loss across our state; and WHEREAS, in 2022, there were 823 residential structures fires reported in Alaska, resulting in 20...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

WHEREAS, all Alaskans deserve to be safe in their homes and communities. Domestic Violence is widespread and devastates many Alaskan families, and it is crucial we combat these crimes; and WHEREAS, the physical and emotional wounds of domestic violence affect men,...

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Alaska continues the expansion of broadband and other critical infrastructure for all Alaskans and Alaskans continue to leverage information systems and technology to support financial services, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health...

Chiropractic Health Month

WHEREAS, keeping Alaskan families and communities healthy is of utmost importance and directly impacts the success of our great state as a whole. It is vital for the safety and well-being of Alaskans to have access to a variety of treatment options; and WHEREAS,...

Careers in Construction Month

WHEREAS, the construction industry is one of the largest in our nation, employing more than 11 million individuals in the U.S., and construction professionals play a critical role in Alaska’s economy and development; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s world class system of Joint...

Alaska Clean Energy Week

WHEREAS, clean and renewable energy is part of Alaska’s energy infrastructure and future. It includes generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro, tidal, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen sources, but it also includes nuclear, natural gas, and carbon...

Employ Older Workers Week

WHEREAS, older workers play an increasingly important role in maintaining Alaska’s economy and leadership in the global marketplace, adding depth in perspective, social networks, and talent; and WHEREAS, seniors represent a growing percentage of the state’s...

Blue Star Welcome Week

WHEREAS, Blue Star Families seeks to empower military families by connecting them with their neighbors, individuals and organizations to help create vibrant communities of mutual support; and WHEREAS, we recognize the 600,00 active-duty and transitioning military...

Hunting and Fishing Day

WHEREAS, Alaska is abundant in diverse wildlife and its vast and expansive landscape provides bountiful resources; and WHEREAS, from big game hunting to sport fishing, Alaska’s hunting and fishing heritage is critical to the state’s economic and social well-being and...

Alaska Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

WHEREAS, all Alaskans deserve access and opportunities to gain the academic, technical, and employability skills essential in leading prosperous and productive lives; and WHEREAS, Alaska Adult Education and Literacy programs have been aiding Alaskans since 1942 with...

Forensic Science Week

WHEREAS, quality forensic science plays an essential role in investigating a myriad of crimes, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty; and WHEREAS, forensic science provides a critical role in public outreach and crime prevention, and is emerging in...

Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day

WHEREAS, throughout American history, generations of military servicemen and women have epitomized patriotism by sacrificing their own personal safety and wellbeing to protect our country, our people, our freedom , and the values we cherish; and WHEREAS, too many of...

Patriot Day

WHEREAS, today marks 22 years since the American people faced the worst terrorist attack on United States soil on September 11, 2001; and WHEREAS, while the attacks were meant to create discord in our Great Nation, Americans responded by banding together in a...

Suicide Prevention Week

WHEREAS, protecting the health and wellness of Alaskans is key to ensuring a stronger future for our families and communities; and WHEREAS, suicide is the most tragic consequence of mental and emotional illness and distress, and is one of the top ten causes of death...

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

WHEREAS, providing healthy environments for infants and children to develop and grow is essential in ensuring the well-being and productivity of future generations of Alaskans; and WHEREAS, consuming alcohol at any stage of pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum...

Alaska Blood Donation Week

WHEREAS, the State of Alaska is committed to protecting its residents and those visiting our great State by ensuring that our medical centers have a safe and sufficient supply of blood; and WHEREAS, a local in-state accessible blood supply is crucial for treating...

Recovery Month

WHEREAS, it is imperative for all Alaskans to understand the effectiveness and need for affordable, accessible, and high-quality substance abuse treatment; and WHEREAS, substance abuse and co-occurring mental disorders and co-existing physical illnesses are...

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, our most precious resource is our children and their well-being is vital to a bright future for Alaska; and WHEREAS, receiving a cancer diagnosis is distressing at any age, but it is even more heartbreaking when the patient is a child, pediatric cancer is the...

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