Stripes Convenience Stores has once again joined with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to combat childhood cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sept. 16 Stripes will launch its second annual fundraising campaign: “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.”
Last year, Stripes Stores helped save kids’ lives by raising more than $1.4 million to provide more effective and safer cancer treatments and fund engaging programs for kids with cancer. In 2014, a total of $2.8 million, with matching funds from The James B. and Lois R. Archer Charitable Foundation, was donated to these programs on behalf of the generous guests that shopped at Stripes Stores. This year, each donation will be matched dollar for dollar by generous donors and the impact of every dollar collected at Stripes Stores will be magnified.
Stripes guests will be able to donate at any Stripes location during the campaign, which will run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 13, 2015. Individuals may also contribute via mobile by texting KIDS to 88388. Every dollar collected via text will also be matched dollar for dollar.
“MD Anderson is the number one cancer treatment center in the country leading the way in cancer research,” said Eduardo Pereda, Stripes Stores vice president of marketing. “We are honored to launch Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ to benefit MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital and to help fund cancer research to find a cure for children around the world. Our guests and Stripes team members have shown their generosity in the past and we hope they will continue to embrace this remarkable program.”
Stripes employees are committed to raising funds and awareness for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as cancer is the leading cause of death in children suffering from diseases. Stripes guests will be asked to help children with cancer by purchasing a $1 pin-up paper icon. Participating customers will receive coupons for a free 12 ounce Slush Monkey and a buy-one-get-one free Smokin’ Barrel Snack Co. Peanuts or Trail Mix snack with their donation.
“We are so appreciative of Stripes Stores tremendous generosity and we look forward to partnering with them for their 2nd annual campaign,” says Cindy Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., ad-interim division head of Pediatrics at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. “Their support for the Children’s Cancer Hospital is making life better for children and young adults with cancer.”
Stripes Stores will also host campaign kick-off events in six Texas cities. The entire community is invited to paint a red line (strike) through the word cancer emblazoned outside of designated Stripes locations. Guests, survivors, community leaders and Stripes employees will able be to write tributes and words of encouragement in honor of their loved ones during the kick-off events.