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Family Dollar Stores donate $458,000 to Feeding America

BY Michael Johnsen

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Thursday announced a $458,000 donation to Feeding America. The amount includes donations from Family Dollar and customers at more than 8,200 Family Dollar stores during the retailer’s "Feeding Families, Fueling Hope" campaign. The donation translates to more than 4.5 million meals for children and families in need. 
 
“At Family Dollar, helping families in crisis is very important to us,” stated Howard Levine, Family Dollar’s chairman and CEO. “We’re proud that our store teams and customers rallied behind such an important cause, and we know this donation will make a positive, lasting impact in communities we operate in, across the country.” 
 
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte hosted a check presentation for Family Dollar and Feeding America. Following the presentation, Family Dollar Team Members assembled 1,000 backpacks for the Charlotte food bank’s weekend backpack program. 
 
“With 49 million people struggling with hunger, we know that we can’t solve the problem alone. We are happy that Family Dollar employees and customers are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us to help ensure that kids and families in the communities we serve have enough food to eat,” said Leah Ray, SVP development at Feeding America. 
 

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Mission Pharmacal’s new products showcase emission reduction of HFCs at White House Roundtable

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal on Tuesday participated in a White House Industry Leadership Roundtable discussion on ways to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, using its recently launched zinc oxide aerosol spray products as an example to help set the environmental standard for aerosol performance, the company stated. 
 
The Dr. Smith's line of aerosol spray products contain Honeywell's patented Solstice Propellant to bring to market three new products used in the treatment and prevention of diaper rash and associated skin irritations in babies, adults and seniors.
 
"Mission Pharmacal always looks for ways to create innovative healthcare products," stated Neill Walsdorf, Jr., president of Mission Pharmacal. "Honeywell Solstice Propellant, with its environmental and safety profile, brings value to Dr. Smith's brand while vastly reducing environmental impact. This is a great product for moms and Mother Earth."
 
The three Dr. Smith's spray products are the first zinc oxide aerosol products available in the health-and-wellness category that are formulated with the Solstice Propellant, which is non-flammable, has ultra-low global warming potential, is not an HFC and is not a volatile organic compound. According to the company, Solstice Propellant has a GWP of less than 1, which is 99% lower than the GWP of HFC-134a, one of the most common propellants on the market today. 
 
Formulated Solutions, the manufacturer of these aerosol sprays, also played an important role in the development of these products.
 
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Road to Healthy Skin Tour concludes seventh cross-country journey, hits milestone

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Skin Cancer Foundation’s annual Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, recently wrapped up its seventh cross-country journey, providing free skin cancer screenings and prevention information to communities nationwide.

During this year’s tour, volunteer dermatologists detected 855 suspected pre-cancers and cancers, including 45 suspected melanomas.
 
The tour strives to save lives by detecting skin cancers early and educating the public about skin cancer prevention by means of sun protection and the need for prompt, effective treatment. Since the tour’s inception in 2008, volunteer dermatologists have detected more than 8,500 suspected cancers and pre-cancers, including 369 suspected melanomas. Since skin cancer is almost always curable when detected early, the tour and its volunteer dermatologists play a crucial role in communities across the country. The five-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is 98%. The survival rate declines significantly if the disease has the chance to spread.
 
By the Numbers: The 2014 Road to Healthy Skin Tour
Over a four-month period, the 2014 tour made nearly 50 stops throughout 17 states, traveling approximately 14,700 miles. This year, 73 dermatologists lent their time to perform screenings in the tour’s 38-ft. RV, customized with two private exam rooms.
 
“The Road to Healthy Skin Tour continues to play a crucial role in early detection,” said Perry Robins, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Over the past seven years, our volunteer dermatologists have provided more than 20,000 free skin cancer screenings across the country, and we’re eager to offer even more of these potentially lifesaving screenings next year.”
 
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone over the age of 18 years see a physician every year for a full-body skin-exam. It’s just as crucial to see the doctor whenever a mole changes or grows. The foundation also recommends that everyone practice a monthly head-to-toe examination of their skin, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.  
 
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s 2014 Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, received additional support from Energizer Personal Care, the maker of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic brand sunscreens, and BASF Corp., a supplier of UV filters and cosmetic ingredients.

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