Meijer Dedicates $242,500 Today Towards The American Cancer Society's Fight Against Cancer

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Meijer stores today
 announced their dedication to fight cancer by pledging $242,500 toward the
 American Cancer Society's Relay For Life events in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
 For the second year, the popular one-stop shopping center and the Society are
 continuing their collaboration committed to decreasing cancer incidence and
 saving lives from cancer in our communities.
     "Meijer has again demonstrated its commitment to people and local
 communities through their support of Relay For Life," said Theresa Bentz,
 chief executive officer for the American Cancer Society's Great Lakes
 Division.  "With their help, we are assured a continuation of important
 American Cancer Society research and programming that will save lives and
 benefit countless people in countless ways.  We are proud of our association
 with Meijer."
     Relay For Life is the Society's national signature activity dedicated to
 increasing awareness and raising funds to fight cancer.  In communities all
 across the country, team members from businesses, families, churches and
 school groups walk a track and camp out during 24 hours of entertainment,
 celebration and reflection.  A "Victory Lap" honors local cancer survivors and
 a luminaria ceremony honors and remembers those who have or have had cancer.
     In 2000, 74,000 Relay For Life participants in Michigan and Indiana raised
 more than $11 million towards cancer research and community programs and
 services for cancer patients.  Nationally, 2,719 events raised more than
 $169 million.
     Last year, Meijer team members alone raised close to $86,000.  The bar has
 been set, and this year, the teams intend to raise it even higher, said Doug
 Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer stores.
     "Cancer affects all of us," said Meijer.  "We are given the opportunity to
 assist the American Cancer Society in finding a cure:  A cure that will impact
 our guests, our team members (employees) and our families.  With every step we
 take during Relay For Life events, Meijer will be walking in hopes that a cure
 for this disease can be found."
     For more than 67 years, Meijer has been a premier one-stop shopping center
 in communities all across the Midwest by dedicating their stores to value,
 convenience, quality and low prices.  The corporation has also made community
 involvement an integral part of their philosophy.
     This year, 175 Relay events will be held in cities throughout the Great
 Lakes Division.  For more information about this inspiring event in your area,
 please call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345.
     The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary
 health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem
 by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer
 through research, education, advocacy and service.  For the most up-to-date
 cancer information, please call the Society at 800-ACS-2345 or visit
 www.cancer.org .
     Meijer is a family-owned and operated grocery and general merchandise
 retailer operating 144 stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan
 and Ohio.  For further information regarding Meijer, contact John Zimmerman,
 director of community and customer relations, at 616-791-5267.  Additional
 information can be found at www.meijer.com .
 
 

SOURCE American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Meijer stores today
 announced their dedication to fight cancer by pledging $242,500 toward the
 American Cancer Society's Relay For Life events in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
 For the second year, the popular one-stop shopping center and the Society are
 continuing their collaboration committed to decreasing cancer incidence and
 saving lives from cancer in our communities.
     "Meijer has again demonstrated its commitment to people and local
 communities through their support of Relay For Life," said Theresa Bentz,
 chief executive officer for the American Cancer Society's Great Lakes
 Division.  "With their help, we are assured a continuation of important
 American Cancer Society research and programming that will save lives and
 benefit countless people in countless ways.  We are proud of our association
 with Meijer."
     Relay For Life is the Society's national signature activity dedicated to
 increasing awareness and raising funds to fight cancer.  In communities all
 across the country, team members from businesses, families, churches and
 school groups walk a track and camp out during 24 hours of entertainment,
 celebration and reflection.  A "Victory Lap" honors local cancer survivors and
 a luminaria ceremony honors and remembers those who have or have had cancer.
     In 2000, 74,000 Relay For Life participants in Michigan and Indiana raised
 more than $11 million towards cancer research and community programs and
 services for cancer patients.  Nationally, 2,719 events raised more than
 $169 million.
     Last year, Meijer team members alone raised close to $86,000.  The bar has
 been set, and this year, the teams intend to raise it even higher, said Doug
 Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer stores.
     "Cancer affects all of us," said Meijer.  "We are given the opportunity to
 assist the American Cancer Society in finding a cure:  A cure that will impact
 our guests, our team members (employees) and our families.  With every step we
 take during Relay For Life events, Meijer will be walking in hopes that a cure
 for this disease can be found."
     For more than 67 years, Meijer has been a premier one-stop shopping center
 in communities all across the Midwest by dedicating their stores to value,
 convenience, quality and low prices.  The corporation has also made community
 involvement an integral part of their philosophy.
     This year, 175 Relay events will be held in cities throughout the Great
 Lakes Division.  For more information about this inspiring event in your area,
 please call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345.
     The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary
 health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem
 by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer
 through research, education, advocacy and service.  For the most up-to-date
 cancer information, please call the Society at 800-ACS-2345 or visit
 www.cancer.org .
     Meijer is a family-owned and operated grocery and general merchandise
 retailer operating 144 stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan
 and Ohio.  For further information regarding Meijer, contact John Zimmerman,
 director of community and customer relations, at 616-791-5267.  Additional
 information can be found at www.meijer.com .
 
 SOURCE  American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division