News Release: Research , Winship Cancer Institute

Mar. 4,  2011

BJ's Foundation Supports Breast Cancer Research at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute

ATLANTA – BJ’s Charitable Foundation is continuing its long-standing support of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University with a $34,950 donation.  The donation, which was recently presented to Winship faculty and staff in a brief ceremony outside Winship’s breast center, will be used to establish the BJ’s Breast Cancer Fund at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.  

"We are grateful for the longstanding community partnership BJ's Charitable Foundation has offered the Winship Cancer Institute," said Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship at Emory.  "We are honored to be among the nation's top cancer programs recognized by BJ's for excellence in breast cancer care and research."

Since 2006, BJ's Charitable Foundation, which is a philanthropic foundation of BJ’s Membership Club, has provided more than $212,600 to Winship’s breast cancer program.  BJ’s has developed innovative fund-raising and educational programs such as its annual Pink Picnic in October to raise awareness and funds.  In addition, during last October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month, funds were raised through specially marked “Pink Ribbon” merchandise sold at BJ’s in its 15-state footprint.  Every product with the BJ’s Charitable Foundation Pink Ribbon Logo generated donations that were divided among 13 National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers, including Winship.

Curran also noted that BJ’s support of Winship manifests itself in many beneficial ways.  “When an organization like BJ’s, which is so well respected within the communities it serves, lends its name to help advance Winship’s breast cancer research, many others take notice.  BJ’s helps to raise funds for breast cancer research, and in raising those funds, helps to educate and inform its community about the importance of early detection, good nutrition, and exercise.”  

“BJ’s Membership Club and our vendors are dedicated to supporting the remarkable work being done to fight breast cancer at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University,” said Susie Meacham, community relation’s specialist for BJ’s Membership Clubs.  “BJ’s is truly honored by the establishment of the BJ’s Breast Cancer Fund at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.  We will continually strive to create a meaningful connection among local residents and the exceptional patient care, and breast cancer screening and research at Winship.”

The Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute offers a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, gynecologic oncologists, lymphedema therapists, genetic counselors, nurses, dietitians, and a variety of other social service professionals who are devoted to providing outstanding patient care.  This team is also linked to Winship scientists dedicated to advancing our understanding of the causes and consequences of breast cancer development.

About BJ's Charitable Foundation

BJ's Charitable Foundation was established with the mission to enrich every community BJ's Wholesale Clubs serve. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that primarily benefit the underprivileged in the area of basic needs (hunger prevention, self sufficiency, education and health). For more information about BJ's Charitable Foundation please visit, www.bjs.com/charity.

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