Walgreens and Susan G. Komen Team Up this October to Reach Thousands of Individuals with Breast Cancer ServicesDallas, TX – October 25, 2013 – 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.