Throughout the month of September, Duck Donuts will raise money through its Quack Gives Back Campaign, aligned with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The third annual campaign helps to bring awareness to Nashville-based nonprofit organization Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, which is dedicated to alleviating fear and anxiety in children undergoing cancer treatment.
Customers can purchase a $1 paper Ribbon Icon to be displayed in stores during the campaign, and Duck Donuts will show its appreciation by giving these customers a “Buy One, Get One Free Donut” coupon offer. The money raised will help provide educational resources and comfort to families living with childhood cancer.
“According to CureSearch, more than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year,” says Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts. “Through partnering with organizations such as Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, we are able to provide educational resources and a medical play therapy tool that offers huggable hope and comfort to the brave children who are fighting cancer.”
The money raised in each store will benefit its local Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program affiliated children’s oncology group member hospitals. Among the items the program provides to families are a soft Chemo Duck used for medical play therapy, a bilingual companion overview book, a printable activity book, and an educational DVD that includes a cartoon about the program.
“We are honored to be a part of this amazing event for the third year in a row and the difference that has been made in the lives of children living with cancer is immeasurable,” says Lu Sipos, founder and CEO of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. “Countless children have benefitted from the comfort and support of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program because of the support we receive from our compassionate and caring national sponsors such as Duck Donuts, to which Gabe and I are very thankful.”
In the first two Septembers since it became a national sponsor, Duck Donuts has raised more than $140,000, providing Gabe’s Chemo Duck Programs to more than 3,000 families throughout 37 children’s oncology unit member hospitals in the communities the franchise serves.