Stop & Shop’s annual Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign has raised a record-breaking $3.1 million for pediatric cancer research and care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Stop & Shop will donate additional funding to the campaign, bringing the total donation to the hospitals to $4.25 million.
The campaign, which ran throughout March, allowed customers to round-up their purchases to the nearest dollar or donate an additional $1, $3 or $5 when shopping in store and online. In New York, New Jersey and Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut, customer donations supported MSK Kids, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric oncology program. Donations made north of New Haven in Connecticut, and across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, were directed to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
One hundred percent of all donations benefitted the two hospitals, both leaders in the fight against pediatric cancer worldwide.
“Stop & Shop has generous and caring customers, and the results of this year’s Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign are evidence of that,” said Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop. “We are proud to donate additional funds to help ensure the hospitals can provide the best possible care and treatment for their young patients and their families.”
This year marked the 20th anniversary of Stop & Shop’s partnership with MSK Kids at Memorial Sloan Kettering. To celebrate, Stop & Shop donated $20,000 worth of gift cards to MSK’s FOOD (Food to Overcome Outcomes Disparities) Program, which aims to alleviate food insecurity and increase awareness of how hunger impacts a patient’s ability to fight cancer. The gift cards will allow FOOD to purchase the necessary provisions patients need.
MSK Kids is dedicated to all children, young adults and families facing childhood cancer. With specialized expertise and care focused on the individual child, MSK Kids is the largest pediatric oncology program in the U.S. As pioneers in pediatric research, MSK Kids physicians and scientists work hard to develop and deliver more effective strategies to prevent, treat and ultimately cure childhood cancer – for patients at MSK Kids and for those everywhere.
“The commitment of Stop & Shop’s entire community – leadership, associates and customers – over the last 20 years has been critical to our work at MSK Kids. Once again, this generous support will allow us to provide outstanding care for patients today, while investing in research to improve outcomes for pediatric cancers. On behalf of all of us at MSK Kids, I thank Stop & Shop for its longstanding partnership,” said Andrew Kung, chair of the department of pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
The Stop & Shop Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a world-renowned destination for children with malignant and nonmalignant brain tumors. Several initiatives, including the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic (also known as EmPOWER) and the Adolescent and Young Adult Brain Tumor Clinic, encourage and enable patients and their families to lead the healthiest, most fulfilling lives following brain tumor treatment.
“We are so grateful that Stop and Shop, our largest corporate donor, has supported our Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic and research program for over two decades. This support has led to improvements in pediatric cancer care that is impacting the lives of children all over the world,” said Dr. Scott Armstrong, chairman of the department of pediatric oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.