Athena® Bottled Water and Associates of its Owner DS Waters Contribute $30,000 to Help Finish the Fight Against Breast Cancer

ATLANTA, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Athena bottled water and associates of DS Waters of America, Inc. contributed a total of $30,000 this month to three Atlanta-area organizations to help finish the fight against breast cancer. The organizations were selected for their focus on breast cancer awareness, care, education and research and will receive $10,000 each. Recipients include TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Northside Hospital Auxiliary and The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

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TurningPoint provides rehabilitation services for women recovering from breast cancer surgery. After surgery many women need treatment to regain their strength and range of motion. The organization promotes and advocates evidence-based rehabilitation techniques and is sponsoring a national conference on the subject in Atlanta next month.

Volunteers at Northside Hospital Auxiliary create care bags for women after surgery through its Network of Hope program. The care bags include a drain belt to hold the various tubes, a squeeze ball to regain strength and a stuffed lion named Courage.

Associates from DS Waters® raised $10,000 by paying $5 to wear jeans every Friday throughout 2013. They presented a check for $10,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. As a national partner, Athena is donating over 5,500 cases of bottled water at 30 walks across the country this month.

"These contributions not only help fund research to find a cure in the future, they help women who are fighting for their lives today," stated Tom Harrington, President and CEO, DS Waters of America.

Earlier this year, Athena Partners Foundation established the Athena Endowed Professorship of Breast Cancer Research at UW Medicine, Seattle, Wa.  The endowed professorship, created with a $500,000 contribution, named Dr. Nora Disis as its first recipient. Dr. Disis is working on a vaccine which will prevent the reoccurrence of breast and ovarian cancers.

Created for the Cause® by a breast cancer survivor, Athena is the only bottled water that supports the fight against breast cancer 365 days a year. The brand is owned by DS Waters of America, a leading provider of bottled drinking water, brewed beverages and water filtration services. Since 2003, Athena has contributed $1.6 million dollars to the cause and is closing in on its goal of $2 million by the end of 2014. Customers can purchase .5L 24 pack cases and 1L bottles at select retail stores and order the bottled water delivered directly to their home or office.

About DS Waters:  
DS Waters of America, Inc. (DS Waters) provides bottled water, brewed beverages and water filtration systems to homes and offices across the U.S.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company serves homes, offices, restaurants, food service organizations, convenience stores, and retail locations. DS Waters' bottled water products are sold under the brand names Alhambra®, Athena®, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs®, Deep Rock®, Hinckley Springs®, Kentwood Springs®, Mount Olympus®, Nursery® Water, Sierra Springs®, and Sparkletts®.  Several of DS Waters' bottled water brands have been satisfying consumers for more than 100 years. DS Waters offers brewed coffee and tea beverages under the Standard™ brand and the Javarama® brand, as well as other leading national brands and office break room supplies.  Additionally, DS Waters provides water filtration systems, equipment and services under the Relyant® brand.   DS Waters supports the communities it serves and provides safe drinking water during emergencies and natural disasters.  Visit water.comnurserywater.com, coffeeservice.com, and athenawater.com, for more information.

SOURCE DS Waters of America, Inc.



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