Walmart inspires customers, suppliers, and associates to join together to help save lives from cancer. Through their associates, VAP and matching dollars, Walmart has raised more than $100 million dollars to support the American Cancer Society since joining our mission in 1960.
You would be hard-pressed to find two organizations that are more representative of nationally recognized brands built on community grassroots design than Walmart and the American Cancer Society.
Walmart states on their Web site that the company seeks to “improve the lives of individuals in our communities, including our customers and associates . . .” And it’s obvious the company is putting those words to work for the Society.
Walmart and Sam’s Club and their associates continue to support the Society’s mission to end cancer, with more than 1,500 teams in communities across the country raising more than $6 million through the Relay For Life® National Team Program and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® National Partners Program. In addition, Walmart’s own payroll deduction benefit – the Associate Giving Program – has generated an additional $2 million to help save more lives. Including additional sponsorships nationwide, Walmart and Sam’s Club contributed more than $10 million to the American Cancer Society in 2010.
In July 2011, the company’s philosophy of improving the lives of individuals in our communities was put to work in new ways, thanks to a $2 million health disparities grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant will enable the Society to set up community health advisors in select underserved communities where Walmart has a presence, which will help increase access to breast cancer screening and colon cancer screening.
The American Cancer Society is in the business of saving lives — Walmart is in the business of helping people save money, live better. It's our core foundations that bring us together to make a difference in the communities we serve.