PITTSBURGH, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, is pleased and proud to announce that its employees and customers donated a total of $3.1 million during these past few months to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. The campaign, now in its ninth year, builds awareness of and raises funds for the lifesaving research and treatment done at St. Jude to help children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.
GNC customers had the opportunity to make a donation at any of the company's more than 6,000 U.S. retail corporate and franchise locations as well as online at GNC.com. One hundred percent of the funds raised from GNC employees and customers goes directly to St. Jude.
"We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our customers and employees in supporting this wonderful and exciting annual fundraising campaign," said Tom Dowd, GNC Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer & General Manager. "Assisting with the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an honor, and we are proud of the health and wellness community's commitment to enriching the lives of children and their families as they seek specialized pediatric healthcare at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."
GNC believes that donating to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is one of the best ways that customers and employees can take a moment and contribute to something important – helping these children and their families "live well" throughout the holiday season.
GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."
As of December 31, 2012, GNC has more than 8,100 locations, of which more than 6,100 retail locations are in the United States (including 949 franchise and 2,181 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 54 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. GNC's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, Total Lean™, Pro Performance®, Pro Performance® AMP, Beyond Raw®, and under nationally recognized third party brands.
About St. Jude
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
About Thanks and Giving
The St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony, children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, celebrates the season of giving by building attention and garnering funds for St. Jude during those months of busy holiday shopping. The funds raised during the campaign impact the lives of children in communities across the country and world, as St. Jude openly shares research discoveries directly with doctors and scientists everywhere.
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