For more than a decade, Stop & Shop has been committed to supporting the American Cancer Society’s mission, raising more than $4.6 million since the partnership began, and earning the title of largest point of sale retail partner via their annual register campaign.
This year, Stop & Shop is again joining the American Cancer Society’s movement to celebrate breast cancer survivors and thrivers and help end breast cancer as we know it. Throughout the month of October, all 400 + Stop & Shop stores in NY, NJ, MA, RI, and CT, will offer shoppers the option of donating $1, $3, or $5 at checkout or rounding up their total at self-checkout with 100% of the donation going to the American Cancer Society.
The annual campaign has become personal to Stop & Shop, and this year, their in-store campaign signage features their associates sharing their breast cancer journeys – some facing a personal diagnosis and others having their families impacted by the disease. Christine Savoie (Plainville, MA), Linda Perrone (Long Island, NY), and Marsheila Spruiell (Bristol, CT) have stepped forward to share their journey to help inspire hope for those facing their own breast cancer diagnosis.
Savoie had been working for Stop & Shop for nearly three decades when she received her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2016. Due to a strong family history, Christine had been getting her mammograms every six months, so her cancer was caught early. Although it was a scary time, she faced her treatment of surgery and radiation and received the all clear from her doctor.
Fast-forward to 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, Christine once again heard those words, as a new cancer was found in her other breast. Again, due to her persistence with screening, it was caught early. “It is scary, and I felt sick and I was exhausted, but I just kept praying and kept having hope.”
Stop & Shop supported Christine through her journey, giving her the time off she needed to receive treatment and rest. She now is speaking out to remind everyone the importance of getting screened. “I think of my daughter, 27 and newly married. She needs to know what to talk to her doctor about, what to watch for.”
To bring their in-store fundraising to life, Stop & Shop will proudly sponsor the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement in Jones Beach NY; Riverhead NY; Point Pleasant NJ; Fairfield County CT; Providence RI; and new this year in Boston, MA and Bronx NY. Stop & Shop will activate at these events, supporting survivors and their local communities.
“For over a decade, Stop & Shop has been a tremendous partner in supporting the American Cancer Society’s work to end cancer as we know it,” said Anthony Marino, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. “In 2021, the American Cancer Society responded to 250,000 calls and chats from people looking for information and support. The American Cancer Society was there for those people – and we continue to be here 24/7 – so no one has to face a cancer journey alone. It is thanks to partners like Stop & Shop, their passionate associates, and their generous customers, that we are able to give hope to those who need it most.”
Last year, Stop & Shop and its customers raised $1.65M, which supports the American Cancer Society mission to end breast cancer as we know it through investments in breast cancer research, ensuring greater access to quality care, influencing public policy, and providing patient support.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2022 report, an estimated 287,850 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and an estimated 43,250 will die from the disease this year. In addition, 2,710 men will be diagnosed, and 530 will die from breast cancer. Thanks to partners like Stop & Shop, a breast cancer diagnosis does not come without hope, and the breast cancer journey is not one that is traveled alone.