by Kelly Jamerson, senior manager, community development, American Cancer Society
This year marks the 12th consecutive year Spinx convenience stores have participated in a campaign benefitting the American Cancer Society. Each October, Spinx employees encourage their customers to make a donation at checkout in memory or honor of a loved one touched by cancer. Over the last 12 years, Spinx has raised over $1.3 million, including $325,000 raised in 2020 — setting a new fundraising record.
Stewart Spinks, founder of Spinx, is a cancer survivor who knows the importance of research. His successful treatment was brought about through an innovative method not even possible a few years before his diagnosis.
“As a cancer survivor myself, I know the importance of the work that the American Cancer Society accomplishes each day,” Spinks said. “I’m so proud of our team’s efforts, and I know that our local community will benefit greatly from their hard work and the generosity of so many of our customers.”
Under the best of circumstances, a cancer diagnosis can be frightening and devastating. As the COVID-19 crisis grows larger every day, cancer patients — many of whom already have compromised immune systems — are more vulnerable than ever. The COVID-19 outbreak has greatly impacted cancer patients, their caregivers and health care providers.
According to a recent survey (ACS CAN, 2020), almost 80% of patients have experienced a delay in their cancer treatment due to COVID. With the help from partners like Spinx, the American Cancer Society is committed to ensuring that critically important programs that support cancer patients will continue through the pandemic and beyond.
Every small donation raised through this campaign makes a meaningful impact. A $20 donation could help a patient and their family access valuable resources through our 1-800-227-2345 helpline that operates 24/7. A $50 donation could provide a night of free lodging for a patient that has to travel away from home to treatment. The American Cancer Society stands ready to assist patients throughout every step of their cancer journey, especially during these challenging times. And it is partners like Spinx that help make this possible.