Gi­ant Food launches 14th an­nual pe­di­atric cancer fundrais­ing pro­gram across re­gion

The Enterprise - - Business -

Gi­ant Food, the lead­ing greater Wash­ing­ton, D.C., re­gional gro­cery chain, re­cently an­nounced the kick off of its an­nual pe­di­atric cancer fundrais­ing pro­gram cre­ated to sup­port pe­di­atric cancer re­search dur­ing Child­hood Cancer Aware­ness Month, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Gi­ant has set a goal of rais­ing $2 mil­lion through­out the eight-week pro­gram, run­ning Aug. 17 to Oct. 11. The funds from sales of $5 coupon books val­ued at $50 will go di­rectly to the Johns Hop­kins Kimmel Cancer Cen­ter and The Chil­dren’s Cancer Foun­da­tion Inc. Since 2005, Gi­ant Food has raised $19.2 mil­lion for pe­di­atric cancer re­search.

This year, the an­nual pe­di­atric cancer fundrais­ing pro­gram launches a new ini­tia­tive in ad­di­tion to the sale of coupon books. For ev­ery bou­quet of flow­ers, with a Pe­di­atric Cancer bou­quet pick in them, pur­chased at a Gi­ant lo­ca­tion, $.50 of the pro­ceeds will go to the Pe­di­atric Cancer Foun­da­tion. Three lo­cal chil­dren who are cur­rent pa­tients at the Johns Hop­kins Kimmel Cancer Cen­ter have been se­lected as pro­gram am­bas­sadors. Each pro­filed be­low has ex­pe­ri­enced a range of chal­lenges, but the med­i­cal treat­ments they have re­ceived have as­sisted in en­abling them to lead hap­pier and health­ier lives.

• Cade is a four-year-old from Manch­ester and has been di­ag­nosed with Medul­loblas­toma. He is an en­er­getic boy who loves play­ing soc­cer and wrestling with his older brothers Ry­der and Tan­ner. One of his fa­vorite things to do is play with su­per­hero toys, ac­tion fig­ures and minia­ture cars. If he could have any su­per power, he’d choose to fly like his all-time fa­vorite hero — Su­per­man.

• Ash­ley is an ath­letic eleven-year-old who has been di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia. She en­joys school, cheer­lead­ing, play­ing lacrosse, be­ing with her friends and hang­ing out with her younger sis­ter, Jo­ce­lyn, in their home­town of Pasadena. If Ash­ley could have su­per pow­ers, she would choose in­vis­i­bil­ity and su­per strength.

• Wil­lian, a four­teen-year-old from Bal­ti­more who is cur­rently in the 9th grade, was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukemia. His fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties are play­ing soc­cer, run­ning and Play Sta­tion 4 — he’s prac­ti­cally un­beat­able at FIFA. If he could have mul­ti­ple su­per pow­ers, he would pick su­per speed and the abil­ity to morph into an­i­mals.

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