DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The world’s leading breast cancer organization and one of the nation’s largest retailers are again teaming up this October to raise critical funds for the fight against breast cancer.
Throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Walgreens is inviting customers to participate in an in-store donation program which will raise funds for Susan G. Komen.
Last year, Walgreens and its customers raised more than $8.5 million to support community health and education programs in local communities. Through this support, Komen and its Affiliates were able to provide funding for more than 15,000 mammograms to uninsured or underinsured individuals and provide funding for education and patient navigation services to another 222,000. Funds also enabled the expansion of Komen’s national breast care helpline, provided funding for treatment assistance, and supported special initiatives for vulnerable populations.
“We were so delighted with the outpouring of support from Walgreens and Walgreens customers last year,” said Chandini Portteus, Chief Mission Officer at Susan G. Komen. “These funds are making a significant impact in communities across the country, providing access to screening mammograms, treatment assistance and other services that otherwise would go unfunded. We hope to have even more success this October, and reach even more individuals facing breast cancer.”
“Through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, which aids programs that focus on the prevention and detection of today’s leading diseases, we’re pleased to support Susan G. Komen,” said Bonnie Gordon, Walgreens director of cause marketing. “Our customers’ donations and overwhelming generosity can impact millions of people, helping them to get, stay and live well.”
Walgreens customers are able to participate at more than 8,000 locations across the country through October 31, 2013.
Walgreens programs helped to extend the reach of Komen’s community health outreach. In total, Komen and its Affiliates provided funding for more than 540,000 breast screenings and financial and social support to another 50,000 women and men last year alone.
About Susan G. Komen®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $800 million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,123 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.