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Small donations pay off big for kids in cancer care at St. Luke’s in Boise

Several community groups raised money through grassroots efforts to help pay for the new playground. It will offer respite for kids and their families receiving cancer care at St. Luke’s Health System in Downtown Boise.
Several community groups raised money through grassroots efforts to help pay for the new playground. It will offer respite for kids and their families receiving cancer care at St. Luke’s Health System in Downtown Boise. St. Luke’s Health System

A new feature at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) will brighten a dark time for kids receiving cancer care at the hospital.

St. Luke’s is celebrating the opening of a new outdoor play area at MSTI, 100 E. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise.

The play area is special, say hospital officials, because it was funded by numerous small donations from the community. It came from cookie and hot cocoa sales at schools around the Treasure Valley, Indian food take-out sales, sporting events, a dance performance, no-shave November and even pie sales on "π" day. All of these efforts and other donations raised $330,000 for the project.

The new playground, which will provide a safe, whimsical space for the more than 300 pediatric patients who receive treatment at MSTI each year, includes brightly colored turf, play structures and animal sculptures.

More information on the creative ways the community raised money: stlukesonline.org/blogs/st-lukes/news-and-community/2016/sep/msti-playground

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