American Cancer Society gets $6.4 million from Walgreen

American Cancer Society’s HQ in Atlanta.

Senior Online Editor- Atlanta Business Chronicle

Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. gave the American Cancer Society $6.4 million to give people in underserved communities access to cancer screenings and cancer education.

The money was raised from Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) customers through electronic donations at checkout, American Cancer Society said in a release Tuesday.

“The American Cancer Society is committed to finishing the fight against cancer in every community,” said John R. Seffrin, CEO of Atlanta-based American Cancer Society. “We are grateful to Walgreens for its support of our lifesaving work, especially in communities that carry a disproportionate burden of cancer.”

The Walgreens Way to Well Commitment program has been a supporter of the American Cancer Society’s CHANGE grant program since 2011, but its overall corporate support of the American Cancer Society spans two decades and has helped raise $23 million to date.

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