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CVS Health to raise up to $10M for American Cancer Society

In an effort aimed at eliminating cancer, CVS Health on Thursday announced a pledge to contribute a minimum of $10 million to the American Cancer Society through in-store fundraising over the next three years. CVS Health said it will serve as the official retail pharmacy partner of the ACS.

The funds raised will support cancer patient services programs, breakthrough research and cancer prevention efforts, including tobacco control. Almost 30% of cancer deaths this year will be caused by cigarette smoking, according to the ACS.

"Through our new commitment to the ACS, we will help to support more cancer survivors and reduce the number of cancer deaths, including those related to smoking," said Troy Brennan, CVS Health executive vice president and chief medical officer, in a press statement. “We are pleased to be extending our relationship with a best-in-class cancer organization, which shares our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

CVS Pharmacy customers can make their donations to the ACS at the register at 8,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online from August 5  to 25. The new philanthropic investment will directly support the ACS's breakthrough cancer research, free rides to treatments, free lodging near hospitals and a 24/7 live cancer helpline, as well as build on the two organizations' efforts to help more people lead tobacco-free lives, CVS Health said.

"The ACS is dedicated to leading the fight against cancer, including helping people quit smoking or never starting in the first place," Otis Brawley, ACS chief medical and scientific officer, said in a statement. "Recognizing that cigarette smoking is a leading cause of cancer, CVS Pharmacy has removed tobacco products from their shelves and is committed to delivering the first tobacco-free generation. That's why the ACS is proud to partner with CVS Health."

CVS Health and the ACS also are collaborating to increase cancer patients’ access to health products and services

CVS Health’s longstanding partnership with the ACS includes providing tobacco-control expertise and support to the company's Be The First initiative, a five-year, $50 million commitment to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation. The CVS Health Foundation and the ACS have helped more than 1 million students clear the air through grants that help colleges and universities advocate for, adopt and implement 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies.
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