Susan G. Komen® and Walgreens Announce Funding for Breast Cancer Treatment, Education and Support Services

  Susan G. Komen® and Walgreens Announce Funding for Breast Cancer Treatment,
  Education and Support Services

 Walgreens and Customers Raise More Than $15 Million in Two Years to Support
                         Fight against Breast Cancer

Business Wire

DALLAS -- May 6, 2014

Women and men in thousands of communities across the country will benefit from
breast cancer screenings, treatment support and new innovative programs thanks
to more than $15 million in funds raised by Walgreens and its customers for
Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.

More than 8,000 Walgreens locations across the country invited customers to
support Susan G. Komen through a checkout promotion which took place during
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) of 2012 and 2013. Customers
donated an astounding total of $15 million over the two years to support
Komen’s breast cancer programs throughout the country and in Puerto Rico.

Last year alone, the Walgreens program allowed Komen to fund more than 15,000
mammograms for uninsured or underinsured individuals and support education and
patient navigation services to another 222,000. These funds also supported the
expansion of Komen’s National Breast Care Helpline (1-877-GO-KOMEN); provided
funding for Komen’s National Treatment Assistance Program; and supported
grants for community outreach and patient support programs in the Washington,
D.C. area, where breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are the highest
in the nation.

This year, the partnership also will fund an innovative new National Patient
Navigation Program, directing $1.2 million to new community-based programs
that coordinate care for low-income and medically vulnerable women through
diagnosis and treatment.

“Like Komen, Walgreens is a force in thousands of neighborhoods across the
country, and we’re very pleased that these funds will support women and men in
our communities with education, screenings and a support system through their
breast cancer treatment,” said Komen President and CEO, Judith A. Salerno,
M.D., M.S. “These funds will help us make a lasting impact in the lives of
those facing breast cancer today, and for generations to come.”

“We’re pleased to support Susan G. Komen as it delivers valuable services to
communities across the nation,” said John Gremer, Walgreens director of
community affairs. “Our customers’ donations and overwhelming generosity can
impact millions of people, helping them to get, stay and live well.”

These funds will support four key areas:

  *Full support of the Susan G. Komen Helpline (1-877 GO KOMEN –
    1-877-465-6636). The Komen Helpline provides free, professional support
    services to anyone with breast cancer questions or concerns. This year’s
    gift, combined with last year’s funds, will provide helpline services for
    the next three years from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. The Komen Helpline
    is often the first call that a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient makes
    for information and requests for services in their area. It is a critical
    service for patients facing breast cancer, as growing scientific evidence
    shows that psychosocial problems created or exacerbated by cancer reduce a
    patient’s quality of care.
  *$1.5 million to support the National Treatment Assistance Program. The
    cost of breast cancer treatment can impose a significant financial burden
    on survivors, and may cause some to choose to forego treatment or other
    recommended services. These funds will allow Komen to provide financial
    assistance to breast cancer patients at any stage of the disease, for such
    needs as oral chemotherapy, lymphedema supplies and support, pain and
    anti-nausea medication, transportation, childcare and more.
  *$1.2 million to support a National Patient Navigation Program. Patient
    navigation programs, which help guide patients through their treatment and
    aftercare, have been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality. Through the
    support of this program, Komen will fund several programs throughout the
    country that focus on coordinating and improving access to (and timely
    utilization of) breast cancer services.
  *More than $2 million to support Community Health Education grants. These
    grants will support and improve breast health and breast cancer
    educational programs in Komen’s 115 Affiliate service areas by 1)
    providing funding to programs that would otherwise go unfunded, and 2) by
    encouraging the creation of innovative and pilot breast cancer education
    programs.

Walgreens programs help to extend the impact of Komen’s community health
outreach, which totals more than $1.7 billion to date. Last year alone, Komen
Affiliates provided funding for more than 540,000 breast screenings and
financial and social support to another 50,000 women and men.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more
breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help
to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more
than $800 million in research and provided $1.7 billion in funding to
screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving
millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by
Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end
the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/susangkomen and Twitter
@SusanGKomen.

About Walgreens

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.

Contact:

Susan G. Komen®
Andrea Rader, 972-855-4382
press@komen.org
 
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