MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --fred's Pharmacy today announced that its Heart Disease Awareness and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaigns brought screening and early detection tools to more than 98,000 people and also resulted in fred's Pharmacy making a $38,244 donation to the American Heart Association on May 3.
Each year, more than 27 million Americans are diagnosed with heart disease. Recognizing the importance of early detection, fred's Pharmacy offers free blood pressure screenings every day. Since February 2014, the retailer has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) for American Heart Month, donating $1 to the AHA for each blood pressure screening given at pharmacy locations during the month. On May 3, 2017, at the Getwell Road fred's Pharmacy next to the corporate office location in Memphis, Tennessee, fred's presented the American Heart Association with a check for $38,244, bringing the total donated over the last four years to $130,703.
Another deadly disease, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for cancers affecting both men and women. For the fifth consecutive year, fred's Pharmacy recognized March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month by giving away free at-home EZ Detect screening kits that can detect signs of colon cancer and rectal cancer in the early stages, when they are most treatable. fred's partnered with media outlets to get the word out about the free kits. By the end of the month-long campaign, 60,000 fred's Pharmacy customers had received screening kits.
"More than 11 percent of adults are diagnosed with heart disease every year," said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Healthcare, fred's Pharmacy, Tim Leibmann. "When it comes to colon cancer, incidence and death rates are higher than the national average in many of our geographic markets. We're proud to bring much needed awareness of these diseases to our local communities by providing information, free blood pressure screenings and free at-home colon cancer screening kits for our customers."
About fred's Pharmacy
Tracing its history back to an original store in Coldwater, Mississippi, opened in 1947, today fred's Pharmacy is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and operates 601 pharmacy and general merchandise stores and three specialty pharmacy-only locations, including 14 franchised fred's Pharmacy locations. With a unique store format and strategy that combines the best elements of a healthcare-focused drug store with a value-focused retailer, fred's Pharmacy stores offer more than 12,000 frequently purchased items that address the healthcare and everyday needs of its customers and patients. This includes nationally recognized brands, proprietary fred's Pharmacy label products, and a full range of value-priced selections. The company has two distribution centers, one in Memphis, Tennessee, and Dublin, Georgia. For more information about fred's Pharmacy, visit www.fredsinc.com.
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