CVS/pharmacy announced recently its annual in-store fundraiser for the eighth year to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. For the first time this year, CVS/pharmacy customers will have more options to support St. Jude’s lifesaving research. From now through Dec. 11, CVS/pharmacy store colleagues will encourage customers to add $1 or $3 to their purchase at the register. Customers shopping online at www.CVS.com can also support the campaign by donating the amount of their choice at checkout. St. Jude is one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases, and since partnering in 2004, CVS/pharmacy and its customers have raised more than $25 million for the hospital.
“We are thrilled that CVS/pharmacy has returned to the Thanks and Giving family this year,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. “It is because of partners like CVS/pharmacy and their customers that we can keep our promise that no child will ever be turned away if a family can’t pay.”
Funds raised by CVS/pharmacy for Thanks and Giving support the CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude. Children with deadly diseases like cancer may experience developmental, cognitive or physical impairments as a result of their illnesses as well as the treatments used to save their lives. The facility in Memphis, Tenn., which opened in 2009, doubled the space dedicated to providing audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to St. Jude patients to help them overcome the barriers they face in recovery.
"CVS/pharmacy’s participation in the Thanks and Giving campaign reflects our commitment and dedication to supporting the work St. Jude is doing to treat children with cancer and the life-saving research they share with experts across the country,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “We want to thank our colleagues and customers who, for the past eight years, have joined us in supporting this great cause."
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, visit www.stjude.org.
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