July 18, 2019
Dr. Samuel Odame Anim, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, believes that even the smallest contributions can make a big difference.
That’s why he gives to the Sanford Health Foundation and created the Dr. S. Odame Anim and Mrs. Tina S. Anim Endowment for Pediatric Oncology with his wife, Tina.
He says philanthropy has played a big part in helping him get where he is today.
Read why Dr. Anim supports the Sanford Health Foundation in his own words:
What has your career at Sanford meant to you?
My career at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center has been all that I’ve dreamed of. I’ve had the opportunity to take care of children from all walks of life with different types of hematologic and oncologic diagnoses using the state-of-the-art treatment available here in the state of North Dakota.
My favorite part of coming to work is just the joy of getting to work with the people that I work with. I work with a very talented and excellent group of people who are passionate about what they do.
Why is it important for employees to give?
I think it is important for Sanford employees to give back because no matter the amount of money that you give, it does directly impact the work that you do. While Sanford, as an organization, can do so much, we, in our own ways, can contribute to make this the best place that we all envision it to be.
Since I became a donor, I have been especially proud to send our pediatric oncology nurses to conferences where they share their experiences about the exciting things we are doing up here in Fargo. At the same time, they come back to us with experiences they learned from other institutions, and we sit down and make sure we are providing the best care, or making the necessary changes, to deliver the most effective care to our patients.
Why were you inspired to give to the Sanford Health Foundation?
I was inspired to give to the Sanford Health Foundation because of the need that I do see in the clinic. We see some of the sickest children who come in for their treatment and my inspiration was to make sure that these children are happy and they get the treatment they need.
I have seen my dollars make an impact in the pediatric oncology clinic with the playroom. It is available to all of our children, and it makes them feel like they are regular children, and can play just like any other children.
Sanford employees should care about philanthropy because of my background. I did not come from much, and I believe that I am where I am today because of the philanthropy of other people. I see that as a lifelong responsibility to ensure that other people who are not as privileged as I was can still benefit from other things that I have benefited from.
What is your hope for Sanford’s future?
I hope Sanford continues to be a center of excellence where people all over the country and across the world are going to look for innovative ideas, and where they would want to come to receive their cancer care.
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Remember, 100 percent of your gift goes directly to the cause you choose, and impacts the lives of our patients, their families and your peers. Every dollar makes a difference!