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American Cancer Society and CVS Health Announce Second Annual Campaign to Fund Cancer Patient Services and Breakthrough Research

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In-store fundraiser is part of CVS Health’s three-year, $10 million commitment to helping attack cancer from every angle

ATLANTA, August 5, 2019 – The American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, announced today the launch of an in-store fundraising campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, as part of its national collaboration with CVS Health.  The funds raised will support cancer patient services programs, breakthrough research, and cancer prevention efforts, including tobacco control, the number one cause of cancer.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, some cases of which may have been preventable through increased access to early screenings and detection, education and breakthrough treatments,” said Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy and executive vice president for CVS Health. “Through support of the American Cancer Society, our company and our customers are able to positively impact cancer outcomes, reduce the prevalence of tobacco-related cancer incidences and help more people on their path to better health.”

CVS Pharmacy customers can join in the company’s efforts and honor and support those affected by cancer by donating to the American Cancer Society at the register at 8,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online at cancer.org/cvsdonate from August 4–24, 2019. Funds raised will directly support the American Cancer Society's breakthrough cancer research, free rides to treatments, free lodging near hospitals and a 24/7 live cancer helpline, as well as build on the two organizations’ efforts to help more people lead tobacco-free lives.

“One in three people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives and the disease affects all of us in some way,” said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society. “That’s why our partnership with CVS Health is so important. Our combined ability to connect with people allows us to do more to attack cancer from every angle, including reducing tobacco use, the leading cause of cancer. CVS Health and their customers’ support allow the American Cancer Society to deliver critical patient first programs and breakthrough research. We deeply appreciate the generosity of this work and partnership.” 

This year, CVS Pharmacy customers can also support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a Hallmark greeting card. For every Hallmark card purchased from August 4–24, $1 will go to the American Cancer Society, up to $50,000. Shoppers will also find an exclusive line of cards that Hallmark developed with the American Cancer Society to help people connect when they may not have the words.

The American Cancer Society and CVS Health have partnered together since 2016 on several initiatives, including providing tobacco-control expertise and support to CVS Health’s Be The First initiative, a five-year, $50 million commitment to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation. To date, the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society have helped clear the air for more than 1.4 million students through grants that help colleges and universities advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. 

About American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org. The American Cancer Society does not endorse any product or service.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS/pharmacy Kicks Off In-Store Fundraising Campaign to Benefit American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced the launch of the second annual LUNG FORCE in-store fundraising campaign at all CVS/pharmacy locations and online, as part of the company's ongoing partnership with the American Lung Association. From now through May 23, CVS/pharmacy customers can contribute to the fight against lung cancer when they donate $1, $3, or more to the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative at the register or online at www.cvs.com/lung (all proceeds will support the movement).

CVS Health is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, an initiative to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Funds raised through the in-store campaign will support health education and critical research that will lead to better treatment options and improved methods of early detection. Last year, CVS/pharmacy colleagues and customers helped to raise more than $3.6 million for LUNG FORCE in the campaign's first year. In the last 37 years, the rate of new lung cancer cases has nearly doubled among women. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE works to change people's perceptions about what it means to have lung cancer so that everyone understands the risks.

"Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with lung cancer. Through the support we have received from CVS Health, its colleagues and its customers, we've been able to make a significant impact in helping to raise awareness of the number one cancer killer of women lung cancer," said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association. "Through the LUNG FORCE in-store campaign, we are educating Americans about the dangers of lung cancer and helping to make it a public health priority while raising funds that are needed to beat this disease."

"An important part of our decision to stop selling tobacco products was our dedication to helping people on their path to better health. Our partnership with the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE helps us extend that purpose to so many women and their families," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. "As we kick off the second year of our LUNG FORCE in-store fundraising campaign, we will continue to make significant strides in helping women understand the prevalence of lung cancer and reaffirm our commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives."

In 2014, the American Lung Association announced the findings of the Women's Lung Health Barometer, a survey of more than 1,000 American adult women, which measured women's knowledge of and views about lung cancer. The findings demonstrated that women's awareness of lung cancer's impact is extremely low. Despite being the number one cancer killer of women, only one percent of women cite lung cancer as a cancer that is top-of-mind. The Barometer also revealed 78 percent of women are not aware that lung cancer has killed more women than breast cancer since 1987.

Turquoise is the unifying color of the LUNG FORCE campaign. During National Women's Lung Health Week (May 1117), CVS Health colleagues and LUNG FORCE constituents throughout the country will participate in a "Turquoise Takeover" and wear turquoise to raise awareness of the campaign. CVS Health colleagues will also engage in the LUNG FORCE initiative by participating in local events across the country.

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. To learn more about the in-store fundraising campaign or to make a donation, please visit www.cvs.com/lung.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, CVS Health enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Launches Second Annual In-Store Campaign to Support Stand Up To Cancer's Groundbreaking Cancer Research

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Actress, director, producer and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria is featured in the in-store campaign running through November 28

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today announced the launch of its second annual in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) that supports innovative cancer research that will help get new therapies to patients quickly and save more lives. The in-store fundraising campaign, which features actress and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria, is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.

Now through November 28, CVS/pharmacy customers can support SU2C in stores nationwide by making a $1 or $3 donation at the register or by donating online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. Donations made during this campaign will support SU2C's collaborative cancer research model which supports "Dream Teams," and brings together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

"We're so proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer to positively impact people living with cancer," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. "Joining our colleagues and customers in supporting this groundbreaking research is a great extension of CVS Health's purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

The campaign will include in-store radio spots featuring Eva Longoria, which will remind shoppers that nearly 1.65 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, that there are more than 200 different types of cancer and that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.

"We are making progress in the fight to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors, but with more than 1,600 people in the U.S. dying from cancer each day, there is still a great deal more that needs to be done," said SU2C Co-founder Sue Schwartz. "We are incredibly grateful to CVS Health for giving people an easy way to make a donation to help advance our mission and remind everyone that it takes all of us to beat cancer."

In September, CVS Health and SU2C announced a print, radio and digital public service announcement campaign, entitled "It's Impossible to Beat Cancer Alone," aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer and to encourage the general public to learn more and get involved.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org/together and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

About Eva Longoria

Actor, director, producer, and activist Eva Longoria is founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation, Eva's Heroes, and spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer. The Golden Globe-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress stars in and executive produces the upcoming NBC comedy "Telenovela," is executive producer of Lifetime's "Devious Maids," the ESPN docu-series "Versus," and documentaries HARVEST, FOOD CHAINS, and OUR TIMES. She also recently filmed the feature film LOW RIDERS, opposite Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir, slated for a 2016 release. A International Brand Ambassador for L'Oreal Paris, Longoria owns BESO restaurant, production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, two fragrances "EVA, by Eva Longoria" and "EVAmour," has a NY Times bestselling cookbook EVA's KITCHEN and recently launched a home collection with JCPenney, The Eva Longoria Home Collection.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Announces Strategic Partnerships with Two National Multicultural Nursing Associations

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --As part of an ongoing commitment to develop a diverse workforce that reflects the patients and communities it serves, CVS Health today announced strategic partnerships with two leading national organizations whose mission is to advance the multicultural nursing populations in the United States: the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

Through these newly formed alliances, CVS Health, the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, will establish workforce development programs and strategies that facilitate multicultural talent acquisition to further develop the company's own diverse nursing populations through education, training and colleague engagement. With a unique continuum of health care products and services, CVS Health supports a broad nursing workforce that includes: Nurse Practitioners who see patients through the company's MinuteClinic network; Nurse Patient Care Specialists who serve the company's specialty patients; Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Nurses who provide in-home education and infused medication therapies; and Patient Education Nurses who deliver disease education and case management to patients over the phone.

Additionally, these partnerships will enable CVS Health to increase the number of internships and scholarships that the company extends to multicultural candidates.

"At CVS Health, we recognize the strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality, culturally competent patient care," saidDavid Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health. "We value the multicultural communities, customers and patients we serve and we look forward to working closely with NBNA and NAHN, as we continue to help bridge the current nursing shortage in the United States and enhance access to quality care to underserved populations."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than one million open positions for registered nurses across the country by 2022. Moreover, while U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that ethnic minority groups account for 37 percent of the U.S. population, industry research shows that nurses from minority backgrounds represent only 19 percent of the RN workforce, with African-American and Hispanic nurses representing 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

"CVS Health and NBNA share the common goal of supporting the development of African American nurses which is reflective of our nation's diversity," said Eric J. Williams, DNP, RN, CNE, President, NBNA. "This new partnership will allow our two organizations to work collaboratively to increase access to care and improve the health of the communities we serve."

"We're grateful to CVS Health for partnering with NAHN to help achieve our mission of improving the quality of health care for Hispanic consumers," said Celia Besore, Executive Director, NAHN. "We look forward to working together to provide equal access to educational, professional and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses in our country."

As one of the largest employers of pharmacists and nurse practitioners, CVS Health is committed to helping advance the education of talented students pursuing careers in the field. The CVS Health Foundation has provided scholarships to pharmacy students for many years and, in 2016, the Foundation will begin awarding funding to nursing and physician assistants schools to support the pipeline of much-needed nurse practitioners in local communities across the country.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Launches In-Store Fundraising Campaign to Support American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Initiative to Increase Lung Cancer Awareness and Research

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health, the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, today launched an in-store fundraising campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to benefit the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative which aims to make lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women in the United States, a public health priority.

Now through June 11, customers can donate $1, $3 or more at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations and online at www.cvs.com/lung (all proceeds will support the initiative). CVS Health is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, which is focused on raising awareness about lung cancer in women, and increasing research funding to save lives.

Funds raised through the in-store campaign will support health education and critical research that will lead to better treatment options and improved methods of early detection. Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. Yet, according to the American Lung Association's 2nd Annual Women's Lung Health Barometer a survey of over 1,000 American adult women to better understand their awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer this disease is not even on women's health radar.

"Every eight minutes, a woman in the United States loses her battle with lung cancer. This needs to change. More research funding is needed to beat this deadly disease, but we can't do it alone," said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association. "Through our partnership with CVS Health, we are raising critical research funding at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to find better treatments and more early detection methods."

"In the last 38 years, the rate of new lung cancer cases has nearly doubled among women. As a health care company, it is important that CVS Health continues to spread awareness about the prevalence of lung cancer and supports the groundbreaking research being done by the American Lung Association Research Team," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. "Our partnership with LUNG FORCE helps us extend our company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

Over the past two years, CVS Health colleagues and customers have helped to raise more than $7 million for the LUNG FORCE initiative.

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. To learn more about the in-store fundraising campaign or to make a donation, please visit www.cvs.com/lung.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health to Host Third Annual In-Store Campaign to Support Innovative Cancer Research

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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.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

*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.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS/pharmacy Extends Commitment to Helping People Live Tobacco-Free Lives with New In-store Fundraising Campaign to Support the American Lung Association

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation, today announced an in-store fundraising campaign to help fight the #1 cancer killer of women lung cancer. Funds raised through the campaign will benefit LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.From now through June 29, CVS/pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to LUNG FORCE at the register in stores nationwide or online at www.cvs.com/lung with all proceeds going to support the movement. CVS Caremark is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE.

According to the American Lung Association's inaugural Women's Lung Health Barometer, a survey of more than 1,000 American adult women that measures women's knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer, women's awareness of lung cancer's impact is terribly low. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, yet only one percent of women cite it as a cancer that is top-of-mind. Hundreds of thousands of women are affected by lung cancer every year, and two-thirds of lung cancer cases are in those who have never smoked or have successfully quit smoking. The Barometer also revealed 78 percent of women are not aware that lung cancer has killed more women than breast cancer since 1987.

Through LUNG FORCE, CVS Caremark and the American Lung Association seek to unite women against lung cancer and for lung health, and encourage them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE will make lung cancer a cause that people care about and act on, educate and empower patients and health care providers, and raise critical funds for lung cancer research.

"Through the LUNG FORCE movement and support from CVS/pharmacy, its colleagues and its customers, we will increase awareness and education of lung cancer in women and make it a public health priority," said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association. "Through the funds raised during the in-store campaign at CVS/pharmacy, we'll be able to change our thinking about this disease and raise critical funds for lung cancer research."

"When our company announced in February that we would stop the sale of tobacco products at our 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations, we also made a commitment to align ourselves with community partners on programs that are helping people lead tobacco-free lives," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. "The American Lung Association shares in our purpose of helping people on their path to better health, and through our partnership and in-store fundraising campaign supporting LUNG FORCE, we will be able to make a significant impact in educating our customers about the prevalence of lung cancer in women."

CVS Caremark colleagues will also engage in the LUNG FORCE initiative by participating in local LUNG FORCE events across the country. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark announced its decision to remove tobacco from its more than 7,600 retail stores by October 1, 2014, making them the first national retail pharmacy chain in the country to do so.

To learn more about the in-store fundraising campaign or to make a donation, please visit www.cvs.com/lung.

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call1-800-LUNG-USA(1-800-586-4872) or visitwww.lung.org.

About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the Company's more than 7,600 retail pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 64 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 800 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about CVS Caremark at http://info.cvscaremark.com/.

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CVS Health Announces $10 Million Commitment to Stand Up To Cancer to Fund Innovative Cancer Research

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today announced an in-store fundraising campaign to help raise funds to support cancer research. Now through November 22, CVS/pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) at the register in stores nationwide and online at www.cvs.com/SU2C. SU2C raises funds to accelerate the pace of cancer research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. This campaign is part of CVS Health's three-year $10 million commitment to SU2C.

Cancer kills almost 1,600 Americans every day; that's approximately one person per minute.However, there are currently an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States.Working with top experts in cancer research, Stand Up To Cancer is forging new ways to develop breakthrough treatments to make every person diagnosed with cancer a survivor. CVS Health is helping to provide necessary funding to support SU2C's innovative cancer programs.

"As as pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health works with a number of nonprofit organizations that align with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health. We are so proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. "Together, and with the support of our customers and colleagues, we can have a positive impact on the lives of people living with cancer and help to bring new and effective treatments to patients as quickly as possible."

Donations made during the CVS/pharmacy in-store campaign will support SU2C's collaborative research model where teams of investigators at different institutions and across multiple disciplines work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient to save lives now.

"We are so grateful to CVS/pharmacy and their employees for engaging its customers in supporting the SU2C movement and our collaborative research model," said SU2C co-founder Katie Couric. "By offering shoppers such an easy way to donate, CVS Health will help SU2C continue funding the most promising cancer research, as well as remind millions of consumers of our core message: that each and every one of us can make a difference in the effort to turn more cancer patients into cancer survivors."

As part of its commitment to helping people on their path to better health, CVS Health announced in February 2014 that it would stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at its 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations, making CVS/pharmacy the first and only national pharmacy chain to take this step to help people lead tobacco-free lives. On September 3, CVS Health announced the official end of tobacco sales at all CVS/pharmacy locations, nearly a month ahead of the previously targeted date of October 1. This collaboration extends CVS Health's commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives as smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and contributes to a number of other chronic diseases.

This is the first time SU2C has collaborated with a retail pharmacy company for an in-store fundraising campaign. Throughout the campaign, customers can make a $1 or $3 donation at the register in all CVS/pharmacy locations and online. To learn more, or to make a donation, please visit www.cvs.com/SU2C.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through our 7,700 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, we enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

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Driving Awareness for Lung Cancer

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CVS Health and the American Lung Association are raising awareness about lung cancer.

Lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer combined. Driving awareness of these startling statistics is essential to helping people realize just how prevalent lung cancer is and that it can affect anyone – in fact, about two thirds of lung cancer patients are former smokers or have never smoked.

Luckily, organizations like the American Lung Association are partnering with companies like CVS Health to fund and bring innovative treatments to the forefront to help people fight lung cancer and bring us one step closer to finding a cure.  Their research builds healthier futures by bringing together the most innovative and inquisitive scientific minds to create a world free of lung disease for future generations.

Susan J. Rappaport, MPH, Vice President of Research and Scientific Affairs for the American Lung Association, is on the front lines of fighting lung cancer. She recently reflected on her time with the Lung Association, advancements in the field and what people really need to know about lung cancer:

I joined the American Lung Association in 1982 after seeing an advertisement about an opening in the Lung Association’s  Epidemiology and Statistics Unit. I had spent the past few years investigating the relationship between changes in the weather and emergency room visits by people with asthma and I felt that by joining the Lung Association, I could further my knowledge of lung disease, and continue to study the environment and its impact. I’m happy to say that I have, for 34 years!

The rate of new lung cancer cases among women has almost doubled in the last 38 years.While this is a shocking statistic, one way this high incidence will decrease is through increased early detection. When widely implemented, lung cancer screening reduces lung cancer mortality by causing lung cancer to be detected at an earlier, more treatable stage. This “stage shift” in diagnosis should increase survival rates significantly.  We know that when you find lung cancer earlier, it’s easier to treat. 

Over the course of my career, a lot of progress has been made in the field of lung cancer research. Most recently, some of the most promising advancement is in the field of immunology. Immunotherapy uses drugs that help your own immune system fight the cancer. I’m also extremely excited about new research into non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This research continues to enhance our understanding of NSCLC from a single entity to a disease comprised of many genetically and clinically distinct groups.

Additionally, there is a lot of great lung cancer research that is looking at genomics to attack lung cancer, including research that the American Lung Association is actively funding, as well as overcoming acquired drug resistance to new targeted therapies. 

The American Lung Association is also currently funding investigations to ensure that the real-world implementation of screening mirrors the success seen in the landmark National Lung Screening Trial, where lung cancer deaths were reduced by 20 percent.  This study will examine screening in a real-world setting, with the goal of improving the effectiveness of lung cancer screening implementation and narrowing the differences in lung cancer mortality between different racial groups.

There is a lot of progress being made and developments on the horizon, but increased awareness and education are as important as ever. For anyone who is looking to educate themselves about lung cancer, I encourage you to visit LUNGFORCE.org. There, you can learn about incidence rates, share your story, support research and participate in LUNG FORCE walks and other American Lung Association events. LUNGFORCE.org also includes educational opportunities to better understand lung cancer, and resources for both patients and caregivers.

In support of Susan’s research and the work of many more ALA scientists, CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide are now accepting customer donations through June 11, 2016, at the register or online at at www.cvs.com/lung with all proceeds supporting LUNG FORCE. Funds raised through the in-store campaign will support health education and critical research that will lead to better treatment options and improved methods of early lung cancer detection.

CVS Health and the American Lung Association are raising awareness about lung cancer.
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