McKesson Employee Volunteers Rally Together to Create More Than 25,000 Comfort Kits for Cancer Patients in Need
As part of McKesson's 14th annual Community Days, the company's all-employee volunteer week, an estimated 16,000 McKesson employees from more than 150 sites across the country will come together to create 25,000 Comfort Kits for the McKesson Foundation's new charity initiative, Giving Comfort.
Each year, 1.6 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 600,000 patients will die. Giving Comfort was established to provide cancer patients with Comfort Kits filled with the most needed and requested items to provide relief during chemotherapy treatment.
“Each year millions of people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly one quarter of those patients will exhaust all of their savings to cover treatment costs,” said Carrie Varoquiers, president, McKesson Foundation and VP, Corporate Citizenship. “McKesson created Giving Comfort because we saw the need to provide comfort to those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. We work with hospitals, care facilities and service organizations across the nation to ensure that the kits get to patients who need it, at a time when they need it the most.”
The kits are provided to low-income patients through various distribution network partners, which include hospital social workers, independent oncologists, patient navigators, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other service providers. Each Kit is filled with a soft blanket, toiletries, a warm cap, journal and other essential items to help patients as they receive treatment.
The McKesson Foundation is focused on providing funding to cancer research through its Mobilizing for Health® grant program. Specifically, through Mobilizing for Health®, the Foundation funds research projects focused on mobile phone-based interventions for low-income patients, with a priority interest in early detection and cancer management.
About McKesson Community Days
During McKesson's Community Days, McKesson employees come together at sites across the country to participate in a large-scale group volunteer project. The Giving Comfort kit build will occur in more than 150 McKesson locations nationwide and in Canada.
Through the Company's Corporate Citizenship initiatives, McKesson is committed to inspiring employees to invest in local communities and care for our planet. Employee volunteer service during McKesson's Community Days is a demonstration of the Company's ICARE core values — integrity, customer first, accountability, respect, and excellence — furthering McKesson's belief that a commitment to good corporate citizenship is a fundamental part of creating sustained value for both society and the company.
For more information about McKesson Community Days and McKesson's Corporate Citizenship initiatives including multimedia materials, visit McKesson's Community Days online press kit at www.mckesson.com/communitydays2012.
About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us at www.mckesson.com.
McKesson Corporate PR
Megan Hawkins, 415-983-9307