Walgreens’ long-standing alliance with the American Cancer Society spans nearly two decades. Working hand in hand with the Society, the company has been involved in everything from the National Team Program to the launch of the Choose You® national movement and is currently participating as a Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) enrollment site, all in an effort to help save more lives from cancer.
Walgreens has been an American Cancer Society Relay For Life® National Team Program member for the past seven years. One of the largest Relay companies in the world, Walgreens signed up almost 1,000 teams and 9,000 walkers across the country this year.
In addition to sponsoring workforce engagement in local communities, Walgreens partnered with the American Cancer Society to go smoke free in 2008. Utilizing the Society’s smoking cessation programs, nearly 3,000 employees have called for help in quitting tobacco.
When it comes to consumers, Walgreens encourages healthy lifestyles choices for their employees and their customers through their Women’s Health Awareness campaign. For the second year, the company has been one of the presenting sponsors of the American Cancer Society Choose You® program, a national movement that offers women the opportunity to commit to healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their family members.
Throughout the month of May, Walgreens employees are given the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices. Thanks to awareness campaigns, promotions, and store celebrations, the company’s 230,000 employees can “choose” wellness for themselves and their family members.
This year, Walgreens is once again a leader in the fight against cancer by serving as a corporate enrollment site for the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). This historic research study will help the Society better understand how to prevent the disease and save more lives, so those Walgreens employees who participate will help change the face of cancer for this and future generations.
Throughout their engagement with the Society, Walgreens has raised and donated more than $23 million to support our lifesaving mission. In recognition of their ongoing efforts, the company was awarded the prestigious Corporate Impact: Award of Excellence at the Society’s inaugural Corporate Impact Conference in June 2009. In addition, the company received a 2010 Corporate Impact Award for Philanthropy.
Gregory Wasson, the company’s president and CEO, is a member of the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer® and currently serves as chair of the Illinois CEOs Against Cancer chapter.