Kohl’s launches multi-million dollar program to fight breast cancer

Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Corp. announced it will donate more than $7 million during a three-year partnership with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Wisconsin.
The donation represents the largest donation ever given to any affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization as well as the largest to the American Cancer Society’s Midwest division.
“At a time when many companies are cutting philanthropic giving, we are in a financial position that allows us to expand our community relations programs with a new focus on women’s causes,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. “The incidence rate of invasive breast cancer in the state of Wisconsin is above the national average, and as a company, we are passionate about supporting this important cause and making a difference in the lives of women."
The donation will be used to support breast cancer research, education and patient-assistance programs.
“We are honored to have Kohl’s join the American Cancer Society to help create a world with less breast cancer,” said Jari Johnston-Allen, CEO, American Cancer Society, Midwest division. “Kohl’s donation will make a significant difference in our ability to educate women regarding prevention and early detection, and provide needed assistance to breast cancer patients.”
In 2009, almost 3,500 Wisconsin women were expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Kohl’s recognized the need to do more, to reach more women, to save more lives,” said Sally Sheperdson, executive director, Komen Milwaukee Affiliate. “This contribution will make a significant impact on the women of southeast Wisconsin. Most women are putting off needed preventative breast cancer screenings due to economic hardships and changing health insurance plans. With support from Kohl’s, Komen can expand its mission programs that provide breast health education, free mammograms and financial assistance. We are thankful and thrilled to call Kohl’s our partner.”

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