Stop & Shop is donating $1.75M to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in support of MSK Kids and pediatric cancer research and care. The check donation is the culmination of Stop & Shop’s annual Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign, which ran during September at Stop & Shop stores across New York, New Jersey and southern Connecticut.
Stop & Shop’s Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign allows customers to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout—or round up to the nearest dollar at self-checkout—with 100 percent of those proceeds supporting MSK Kids. Over the past 18 years, Stop & Shop has given more than $23 million in support of pediatric cancer research and care at MSK.
“Stop & Shop is committed to helping children lead healthy lives,” said Bob Yager, Stop & Shop SVP for sales and operations. “We are so fortunate to have customers and associates who share in that belief and who give so generously. Their passion for MSK Kids is only matched by their impact.”
As part of Stop & Shop’s Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign, the company highlighted the experiences of four MSK Kids ambassadors—area children who are being or have been treated at MSK and have benefited from donations from companies like Stop & Shop. The children, ranging in age from 5 to 18, were included on the in-store signage and were given various platforms to share their stories alongside their families.
MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric program, is dedicated to all children, young adults and families facing childhood cancer. With specialized expertise and care focused on the individual child, more families turn to MSK Kids for cancer care than any other hospital in the United States. And as pioneers in research, MSK’s physicians and scientists are working to develop and deliver more effective strategies to prevent, treat and cure childhood cancer.
“The support Stop & Shop has provided us over the last 18 years is unparalleled,” said Dr. Andrew Kung, chair of pediatrics. “Their philanthropy allows us to care for patients today while investing in research to improve outcomes for the patients of tomorrow. On behalf of all of us at MSK Kids, I extend my heartfelt thanks.”