CVS pledges to raise minimum of $10M in fight against heart disease and stroke

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CVS pledges to raise minimum of $10M in fight against heart disease and stroke

By Brian Berk - 02/01/2017

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million during the next three years to support life-saving cardiovascular research and education. The retailer is a new national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the No. 1 killer of women and to empower women to take charge of their heart health.


CVS also announced Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy, has been named the inaugural national chair for Go Red For Women.


"With more than one in three women living with cardiovascular disease, there is a great need for increased awareness, funding and research about women's heart health. I am honored to serve as National Chair for Go Red For Women to help spread this important message," said Foulkes. "Many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been touched by heart disease and stroke and we are encouraging them to help us inspire action and support the work of the American Heart Association by 'going red' and as part of our company's broader commitment to helping people on their path to better health."


Coinciding with American Heart Month in February, CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red For Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donations at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online, Feb. 5-25. The in-store fundraising campaign is the first of many initiatives to support the three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to the American Heart Association.


"CVS Health and the American Heart Association both share a deep commitment to making a meaningful health impact in the communities we serve and we couldn't be more energized and excited about them joining us in the fight against heart disease in women," said American Heart Association Board Chairman Al Royse. "CVS Health's support of Go Red For Women will help fund lifesaving research and education in this critical area, while also providing easy ways for their customers to 'Go Red'. We look forward to saving and changing countless lives by working together."