Jacksonville, Florida-based Winn-Dixie and Port Orleans Brewing Co. recently donated $71,127 to the Ochsner Cancer Institute to help its patients in their fight against cancer. All funds were raised during the “Lend a Helping Can” partnership campaign at Winn-Dixie store locations throughout Louisiana.
In an effort to support the communities served, Winn-Dixie and Port Orleans activated a multi-week donation program throughout Louisiana during the month of October. Winn-Dixie customers in Louisiana were able to make donations at the register, while Port Orleans and its patrons supported the cause through a contribution of a portion of beer sales during the campaign.
Joey Medina, regional VP at Winn-Dixie, said, “We cannot thank our customers and associates enough for their generous donations to such an important organization. The incredible work that the Ochsner Cancer Institute does for the Gulf Coast region is crucial to the wellbeing of the communities we serve. It is an honor to build on our relationships with Port Orleans and Ochsner as we all continue to do our best to make an impact on the everyday lives of the people in our community.”
The “Lend a Helping Can” campaign marks the first time Port Orleans and Winn-Dixie have teamed up to benefit Ochsner Health System. The companies say this campaign provided them with a special opportunity to make a difference and offer assistance for those in need.
Zach Strief, owner and co-founder of Port Orleans Brewing Co., said, “It’s an honor to participate in this campaign with Winn-Dixie—bringing awareness to the variety of services available to cancer patients in our community. Our community is founded on the values of charity and service, so it’s important for us to also give back to the community that gives so much.”
Elizabeth Lapeyre, MD, director of the integrative medicine program for Ochsner, said, “The Integrative Medicine Program at Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner looks at the patient as a whole—body, mind and spirit. Embracing this holistic approach is an investment in the long-term health and wellbeing of our patients fighting cancer and is one more way Ochsner is providing the best care, customized to what a patient needs to thrive. We are incredibly grateful for the ‘Lend a Helping Can’ campaign for its support of this program.”
Winn-Dixie and Port Orleans partnered to support Ochsner Cancer Institute in raising money to assist with more than 34,000 patients treated each year. Both organizations say they look forward to building on the foundation established with the “Lend a Helping Can” campaign and expanding the partnership next year.
Brian Moore, MD, FACS and director of the Ochsner Cancer Institute, said, “The Ochsner Cancer Institute is committed to providing expert cancer care where its patients live, in large and small communities alike, and provides the support and services to bring more ‘good days’ to patients undergoing treatment. In the Spring of 2020, the newly expanded Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center will double in size and provide even more access to the latest cancer treatments, research and multidisciplinary care that treats the whole patient—physically, mentally and emotionally. Philanthropic support from organizations like Port Orleans and Winn-Dixie make what we do possible. We are very thankful to them and all ‘Lend a Helping Can’ participants.”