American Cancer Society Hosts Crowd of More Than 7,000 Participants at 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® Walk
Kohl’s Department Stores Has Largest Corporate Team at Walk
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American Cancer Society and Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS ) announced today that more than 7,000 individuals joined together in celebration of life and survival for the 2013 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk on May 4, 2013, at Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. More than 2,200 Kohl’s associates, friends and family were among the more than 7,000 individuals who walked to raise awareness and support, and collectively fundraised $500,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
Kohl's associates help raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Shari Henning, American Cancer Society, Senior Vice President. “We are so thankful to presenting sponsor Kohl's Cares and the thousands of Making Strides walkers and supporters who are helping our efforts to finish the fight and make this cancer’s last century.”
In an effort to illustrate the impact breast cancer has in the state of Wisconsin, Kohl’s Department Stores erected a visual representation of the estimated 4,490 Wisconsin women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 on the south lawn of the Milwaukee Art Museum. The installation was designed to encourage support and awareness of the cause, as well as demonstrate Kohl’s ongoing commitment to the fight against breast cancer.
“Kohl’s is proud to have served as the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Milwaukee as we continue our partnership with the American Cancer Society which helps provide valuable information and resources to local women battling breast cancer,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We know breast cancer has impacted thousands of families across the state and as a company, we are passionate about making a true difference in the fight against breast cancer and providing support to those when they need it most.”
Kohl’s Cares’ role as the local presenting sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is just one component of the company’s investment in the fight against breast cancer. Since 2010, Kohl’s has donated nearly $5 million to the American Cancer Society for programs and resources designed to help the women of Wisconsin fight this invasive disease. The donation, which supports breast cancer research, education and patient-assistance programs, represents the largest corporate gift ever made to the American Cancer Society Midwest Division.
Kohl’s partnership with the American Cancer Society builds upon Kohl’s long history of charitable involvement in the communities it serves. Since 2000, Kohl’s and the Kohl’s Cares program have combined to give more than $55 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area. For more information on Kohl's philanthropic efforts, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
Flagship sponsors of this year’s Milwaukee Making Strides included Columbia St. Mary’s, Educated Solutions Corp, Extendicare, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., and Rockwell Automation. Event media sponsors were Fox 6 WITI-TV and Clear Channel Radio stations V100.7 WKKV, FM.106.1 WMIL, and 97.3 Radio Now WRNW.
It is not too late to make a donation to the American Cancer Society through Milwaukee’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Visit www.stridesmilwaukee.com to help the Society continue saving lives. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to fund the fight. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS ) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kohls) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/kohls/) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/kohls).
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