Southern California Albertsons Stores Team Up with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Aug 15th, 2013
Southern California Albertsons Stores Team Up with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Help Raise Awareness, Find a Cure
Donation Campaign Supports Local Community and Charitable Efforts
FULLERTON, CA (Aug. 15, 2013) –Albertsons is asking customers to take steps to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis with an in-store fundraising effort now underway. The 193 Albertsons Southern California division stores are offering customers the chance to contribute to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by selecting $1, $3 or $5 donation coupons as they check out with their groceries.
“Once you fully understand the struggle that youngsters with CF face daily, there’s no doubt that we should be involved in raising money to help find a cure,” emphasized Wendy Oliver, vice president of operations for Albertsons Southern California Division. “The good news is that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is getting closer and we want to see these kids grow up to be healthy adults.”
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. The average lifespan of someone with cystic fibrosis is 37 years.
“Albertsons’ longstanding tradition of serving communities goes beyond food and we are honored to be the recipient of this generous effort. With their help and the help of all of our corporate partners, one we day we will say that CF stands for Cure Found,” said Michael Shumard, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Southern California Chapter.
Shumard added that recently the FDA approved a drug called Kalydeco that has shown positive results for improving the health of those with Cystic Fibrosis. Kalydeco is currently being used to help thousands of CF patients around the world.
Albertsons’ Southern California division is a major sponsor of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Hike the Halo event, where participants climb the numerous stairs of Angel stadium in Anaheim. Hike the Halo takes place on Nov. 10 and features both competitive and non-competitive opportunities. For more information, visithttp://cffocevents.org.
About Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and has 80 chapters and branch offices nationwide.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind. It has received a four-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. The Foundation’s business model has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health and by publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.
Albertsons is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every state in which it operates. An Idaho-based company with a rich history extending back to 1939, Albertsons stores now operate in 16 states at over 600 locations. For more information about Albertsons, visit www.albertsons.com or www.facebook.com/albertsons.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Barbara Caruso, 714/841-6777
Lilia Rodriguez, 714.300.6438
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