WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy today announced its annual in-store fundraiser for the ninth year to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign, a unique holiday program that raises awareness and funds for the pioneering research and exceptional care provided at St. Jude. Since the campaign's inception, CVS/pharmacy and its customers have raised more than $31 million to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.
From now through Dec. 8, CVS/pharmacy store colleagues will encourage customers to add $1 or $3 to their purchase at the register in support of the campaign. Customers shopping online at www.CVS.com will also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout.
"The return of CVS/pharmacy as a St. Jude Thanks and Giving partner is a testament to its commitment to the lifesaving mission of St. Jude," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Thanks to partners like CVS/pharmacy and its loyal customers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is able to continue saving the lives of countless children around the world, all at no cost to patients and their families."Funds raised by CVS/pharmacy for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign support the CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude. Children with deadly diseases like cancer may experience developmental, cognitive or physical impairments as a result of their illnesses as well as the treatments used to save their lives. The facility in Memphis, Tennessee, which opened in 2009, doubled the space dedicated to providing audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to St. Jude patients to help them overcome the barriers they face in recovery. "We want to thank our colleagues and customers who have raised more than $31 million to support the work St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is doing to treat children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases," said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "We know it takes $1.8 million a day to operate St. Jude and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, so every dollar really goes a long way in helping to save a child." About St. Jude Children's Research HospitalSince opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude. About CVS/pharmacyCVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at info.cvscaremark.com. Contact: Joanne DwyerCVS/pharmacy401.770.2898 JDwyer@cvs.com