BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Help save lives this September by donating at your nearest Coinstar® kiosk to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting blood cancers. During Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, LLS aims to raise awareness and funds to help fuel the discovery of more effective treatments and cures and ensure that blood cancer patients have access to lifesaving treatments.
Through its Coins that Count™ program, select Coinstar kiosks allow consumers to donate directly to LLS with funds given to the organization within 48 hours. Since the beginning of 2015, consumers donated more than $10 million in coins to LLS via Coinstar kiosks. To find a kiosk that accepts LLS donations, visit the Coinstar/LLS Kiosk Finder. Consumers do not pay a fee when donating at Coinstar kiosks, and the tax-deductible donations can be made in any dollar amount.
"Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with or in remission from a blood cancer," said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS president and CEO. "Despite progress, more than one third of patients do not survive five years after their diagnosis. That's why we're so pleased to be working with Coinstar during Blood Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness for the urgent need to find cures and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments."
"Coinstar is proud to support LLS in its goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients get the treatments they need," said Coinstar President Jim Gaherity. "Through this collaboration, we aim to make it easy and convenient for consumers to donate to LLS to help blood cancer patients. During Blood Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage people to donate their spare change to LLS at one of the thousands of Coinstar kiosks located throughout the U.S."
In addition to finding more effective treatments and cures for blood cancers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides free information, support services, and advocacy for patients and their families. Every year, kids across the country collect small change and donate it to the LLS Student Series Pennies for Patients program at Coinstar kiosks, which directly helps cancer patients and their families.
Since its inception in 1997, Coinstar's Coins that Count charitable program has raised more than $90 million for U.S. charities. In 2016, Coinstar surpassed six million lifetime donation transactions worldwide as consumers frequently choose to use their coins for good and donate to charities. In addition to LLS, Coins that Count charitable partners include: American Red Cross, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Feeding America, The Humane Society, UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
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