Quincy, Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop has begun its annual “Help Cure Childhood Cancer” campaign to support two of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer care centers: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund in Massachusetts; and MSK Kids, the pediatric program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Since the campaign’s inception decades ago, Stop & Shop and its customers have contributed more than $102 million to these two hospitals, allowing them to make advancements in pediatric cancer research and care.
Stop & Shop’s “Help Cure Childhood Cancer” campaign will run in stores through April 2. Shoppers can donate at checkout by rounding up their total by donating $1, $3 or $5. One hundred percent of the money will benefit the two hospitals to assist in their pioneering pediatric cancer treatment and care.
“Helping in the fight against pediatric cancer is a key part of how we care for our communities at Stop & Shop, and we take immense pride in supporting the life changing work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,” said Gordon Reid, Stop & Shop president.
“We’re grateful for everything our customers and associates do to support this cause – and to help these hospital partners get closer to finding a cure.”
One of the aspects of the campaign is the in-store signage that highlights patient ambassadors – local children ages 3-15 who are being or have been treated at MSK Kids and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and have benefited from donations from companies like Stop & Shop.
All funds raised by stores in New York, New Jersey and Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut will support MSK Kids. It helps 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 U.S.
“On behalf of all of us at MSK Kids, I thank Stop & Shop for its unwavering commitment to pediatric cancer research and care,” said Andrew Kung, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
“The dedication and generosity of the entire Stop & Shop community provides the resources necessary for our physicians and scientists to work towards better treatment options for our youngest patients. We are so proud to be Stop & Shop’s partner in this annual campaign, bringing hope and better outcomes to the families we serve.”
Stop & Shop stores north of New Haven in Connecticut, as well as all Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores will raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The Stop & Shop Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a destination for children with malignant and nonmalignant brain tumors.
Several initiatives, including the Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Clinic and the Adolescent and Young Adult Brain Tumor Clinic, encourage and enable patients and their families to lead the healthy, fulfilling lives following brain tumor treatments.
“We are so grateful for this amazing support from Stop & Shop and its customers,” said Scott Armstrong, chair of the Department of Pediatric Oncology.
“This support inspires and motivates our physicians and scientists, who work tirelessly every day to find better treatments for the children and teens who come to us for care. And it gives hope to their families.”
For more information about these centers of cancer research and treatment, visit mskcc.org/kids and dana-farber.org.