CVS Health in-store fundraising campaign raised $4 million for recovery efforts in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (October 4, 2017) announced that its customers and colleagues donated nearly $4 million to support the Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico communities that were devastated by recent hurricanes, during a 10-day in-store fundraising campaign. The company also announced that it will donate more than $6 million of critical products and supplies to these communities, bringing CVS Health’s total support to $10 million.

The funds will be split evenly between Unidos por Puerto Rico, Rebuild Texas Fund and the Florida Disaster Fund to help support rebuilding efforts in these affected communities over the coming weeks and months. Products will be distributed to communities where they are needed the most.

“We are incredibly grateful to our colleagues and customers who have demonstrated our values of caring and integrity over the past few weeks during these historic storms,” said Helena B. Foulkes, executive vice president, CVS Health and president, CVS Pharmacy. “The rebuilding process for many of these communities will take a long time, and we will continue to do our part by providing support during this difficult time.”

To ensure patients and customers received the medications and information they needed during the recent hurricanes, CVS Health mobilized an enterprise-wide effort to help with preparations and accommodations prior to and after the storms.

The company’s proprietary messaging platform enabled rapid and urgent communications to patients who were in the path of hurricanes. Text messages were sent to tens of thousands of patients, reminding them to plan ahead for any potential disruption from the storm. The messages also helped ensure delivery of specialty and other medications for patients in transition between home and safe shelter locations.

Additionally, the catastrophic impact and wide-spread power outages in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria posed particular challenges in coordinating resources for colleagues, customers and patients. In response, CVS Health transported much-needed specialty medications and essential equipment to support store operations in Puerto Rico and, in some cases, delivered medication directly to individual patients who were in need.

“While it is never easy to manage through storms of this magnitude, hundreds of our colleagues have gone above and beyond to ensure that our patients, customers and communities are being served, despite the devastation impacting their own personal lives,” added Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Charitable Foundation. “Their generosity, compassion and dedication to serving others whether it be patients, residents or co-workers is truly amazing.”

In addition to the funds raised through the in-store campaign, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, colleagues and customers had previously donated nearly $800,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Salvation Army, Florida Disaster Fund, Unidos por Puerto Rico, Rebuild Texas Fund, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund, a public charity designed to help CVS Health employees during unanticipated and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health launches in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health, the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, launched an in-store fundraising campaign today (September 6, 2016) at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, that supports innovative cancer research that gets new therapies to patients quickly to save more lives.

Through October 1, CVS Pharmacy customers can support SU2C by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations or online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. The in-store fundraising campaign is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.

“With more than 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, we know many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been affected by this terrible disease,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “As part of our company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health, we’re proud to support Stand Up To Cancer as they accelerate research and bring new therapies to patients.”

Donations made during the campaign will support SU2C’s collaborative cancer research model which helps bring new treatments to patients faster. SU2C’s “Dream Teams” bring together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

“Because of partners like CVS Health, we’re able to make progress in increasing treatment options for patients and making advancements in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. “We’re thankful for the support CVS Health has given to us over the past few years by giving its customers an easy way to make a donation and joining us in our mission of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor.”

CVS Pharmacy customers can also support SU2C through October 1, when they purchase Nicorette or NicoDerm CQ , which help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. For every box sold at CVS Pharmacy, GSK Consumer Healthcare will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer, up to $100,000.*

“Teaming up with CVS Pharmacy is a natural fit for GSK Consumer Healthcare, as both companies look to help smokers rid their lives of cigarettes and become smoke-free,” said James Masterson, Marketing Director at GSK Consumer Healthcare. “We are encouraging those interested in quitting to quit for a cause this month.”

CVS Health is also a proud supporter of SU2C’s fifth biennial televised fundraising special which will air on Friday, September 9. The Stand Up To Cancer telecast raises awareness and funds to support SU2C’s translational research that can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. One hundred percent of public monies pledged during the telecast support SU2C’s cancer research programs.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

*Promotion ends on 10/1/16 or at the $100,000 goal, whichever comes first. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health launches in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
CVS Health launches in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

 

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CVS Health launched an in-store fundraising campaign to benefit the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —  CVS Health, the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today launched an in-store fundraising campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to benefit the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative which aims to make lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women in the United States, a public health priority.

CVS Health launched an in-store fundraising campaign to benefit the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative

Now through June 11, customers can donate $1, $3 or more at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations and online at www.cvs.com/lung (all proceeds will support the initiative). CVS Health is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, which is focused on raising awareness about lung cancer in women, and increasing research funding to save lives.

Funds raised through the in-store campaign will support health education and critical research that will lead to better treatment options and improved methods of early detection. Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. Yet, according to the American Lung Association’s 2nd Annual Women’s Lung Health Barometer a survey of over 1,000 American adult women to better understand their awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer this disease is not even on women’s health radar.

“Every eight minutes, a woman in the United States loses her battle with lung cancer. This needs to change. More research funding is needed to beat this deadly disease, but we can’t do it alone,” said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association. “Through our partnership with CVS Health, we are raising critical research funding at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to find better treatments and more early detection methods.”

“In the last 38 years, the rate of new lung cancer cases has nearly doubled among women. As a health care company, it is important that CVS Health continues to spread awareness about the prevalence of lung cancer and supports the groundbreaking research being done by the American Lung Association Research Team,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “Our partnership with LUNG FORCE helps us extend our company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Over the past two years, CVS Health colleagues and customers have helped to raise more than $7 million for the LUNG FORCE initiative.

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. To learn more about the in-store fundraising campaign or to make a donation, please visit www.cvs.com/lung.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Mary Alfieri
401-770-9811
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