WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health, the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, launched an in-store fundraising campaign today at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, that supports innovative cancer research that gets new therapies to patients quickly to save more lives.
Through October 1, CVS Pharmacy customers can support SU2C by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations or online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. The in-store fundraising campaign is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.
"With more than 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, we know many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been affected by this terrible disease," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. "As part of our company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health, we're proud to support Stand Up To Cancer as they accelerate research and bring new therapies to patients."
Donations made during the campaign will support SU2C's collaborative cancer research model which helps bring new treatments to patients faster. SU2C's "Dream Teams" bring together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.
"Because of partners like CVS Health, we're able to make progress in increasing treatment options for patients and making advancements in the fight against cancer," said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. "We're thankful for the support CVS Health has given to us over the past few years by giving its customers an easy way to make a donation and joining us in our mission of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor."
CVS Pharmacy customers can also support SU2C through October 1, when they purchase Nicorette or NicoDerm CQ , which help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. For every box sold at CVS Pharmacy, GSK Consumer Healthcare will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer, up to $100,000.*
"Teaming up with CVS Pharmacy is a natural fit for GSK Consumer Healthcare, as both companies look to help smokers rid their lives of cigarettes and become smoke-free," said James Masterson, Marketing Director at GSK Consumer Healthcare. "We are encouraging those interested in quitting to quit for a cause this month."
CVS Health is also a proud supporter of SU2C's fifth biennial televised fundraising special which will air on Friday, September 9. The Stand Up To Cancer telecast raises awareness and funds to support SU2C's translational research that can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. One hundred percent of public monies pledged during the telecast support SU2C's cancer research programs.
*Promotion ends on 10/1/16 or at the $100,000 goal, whichever comes first. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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