SHOPPERS "TREE OF LIFE" CAMPAIGN DONATES TO KAREN'S FUND
December 23, 2011
Whitehorse - Shoppers Drug Mart has awarded $14,088 to Karen's Fund for Yukoners diagnosed with breast cancer as part of its annual "Tree of Life" campaign.
At the end of each week of the four week-campaign, which runs annually in the fall, Shoppers Drug Mart awards $10,000 to a women's charitable organization in the province or territory that has the highest contributions per capita, combining online and in-store donations. The beneficiary is then chosen randomly.
“"I was thrilled to learn of the generous donation from Shoppers Drug Mart; it is like winning the lottery," said Jack Kobayashi, founder of Karen's Fund. "This money will support 50% of the Yukon women battling breast cancer this year. That is significant and I am very grateful."
The fund was created in October 2000 in memory of Karen Wiederkehr, a Yukon resident who died of breast cancer at the age of 37, following months of medical appointments, hospitalizations, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. One of Karen's last wishes was to be able to provide financial assistance to women who were experiencing financial demands while undergoing treatment. Jack Kobayashi, Karen's husband made her legacy come true with the establishment of Karen's Fund and the creation of the Chemotherapy suite at the Whitehorse General Hospital.
Karen's Fund is a fund available to Yukoners diagnosed with breast cancer. Patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer can apply for a one time donation of up to $1000 to use as they see fit.
"We are thrilled to hear that our local women's charity of choice, Karen's Fund for Yukoners diagnosed with breast cancer was selected to be the beneficiary of this incremental donation from the Tree of Life Campaign," said Joanne Gibson, Associate Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart. "Through the incredible support and generosity of the people in our community, we are together able to support women's health right here at home." Amberley Wolfe was the Leaf Captain for the campaign in Whitehorse. "Amberley did an amazing job of promoting the campaign for the four weeks; many thanks to her for all her hard work and dedication" said Gibson.
There are approximately 24 Yukoners diagnosed in the Yukon every year.
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