News and Press Releases

Jul 19, 2023

First National Bank Alaska helps bring early cancer detection access to more Alaskans

(FAIRBANKS) First National Bank Alaska donated $15,000 to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska (BCDC) to help purchase a new mobile mammography truck, increasing access to state-of-the-art mammograms to people across Alaska, including those living in remote areas of the state or who can’t afford to pay.

“Since 1976, BCDC has helped Alaskans understand how the early detection of breast cancer leads to a higher survivability rate,” said Betsy Lawer, Board Chair and CEO/President of First National. “Our support of the Mobile Mammography program will bring early detection tools to more Alaskans and help save lives.”

“We’re so grateful to First National for their support of a new mobile unit to help BCDC better assist our patients in the 21 communities we regularly serve across Alaska, from Angoon to Anchor Point,” said BCDC Executive Director Jacyn DeBaun. “Many other communities will be reached during the new mobile unit’s lifespan when factoring in that BCDC has served over 70 different Alaska communities where these lifesaving services were not readily available.”

Alaska’s community bank since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and 28 locations in 19 communities throughout the state, and by providing banking services to meet their needs across the nation and around the world.

In 2023, Alaska Business readers voted the bank the “Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the eighth year in a row, Best Bank/Credit Union for the third time running and Best Corporate Citizen for a fourth time. American Banker recognized First National in 2022 as a “Best Bank to Work For” for the fifth year running. In the same year, Anchorage Daily News readers voted the bank one of the state’s top three financial institutions for the fourth year in a row in the ADN “Best of Alaska” Awards.

First National Bank Alaska is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.


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