Safeway launches ninth annual prostate cancer fundraising, awareness campaign
PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway began its annual prostate cancer fundraising and awareness campaign Monday to fight the most rampant form of cancer among men.
In collaboration with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Safeway dedicates one month a year to raise money in support of prostate cancer research. This year marks their ninth consecutive year of fundraising, and has since raised nearly $42 million.
“We are committed to funding research and making a meaningful impact in the quest for new treatments and, ultimately, a cure,” said Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd. “Our company-wide public service campaign will raise money and spread the word about the importance of early detection and treatment to the millions of consumers that we are fortunate to reach each day.”
According to PCF, 1-in-6 men are affected by prostate cancer, making it the most common non-skin cancer in America. Safeway is one of the largest corporate supporters of cancer causes and is also involved with other charities and community programs.
The Women’s Health Foundation, Poise join forces for pelvic health
CHICAGO The Women’s Health Foundation on Friday teamed up with Kimberly-Clark and its Poise brand for a second year to recognize champions of women’s pelvic health by announcing a call for entries to the Passion Award sponsored by Poise.
The Passion Award sponsored by Poise acknowledges either a survivor or a pelvic floor champion. The survivor is a woman who has overcome pelvic conditions (i.e., incontinence or prolapse) through personal effort, and found strength through pelvic fitness and lifestyle changes. The pelvic floor champion is a woman who is willing to share her story, inspire others and educate through harnessing her pelvic power.
“The annual Passion Award celebrates a woman who either overcame pelvic conditions or helps develop a sisterhood of strength by empowering women who struggle with pelvic health issues,” stated Missy Lavender, WHF CEO and executive director.
The 2008 winner was Linda Michael of Portage, Ind., who overcame incontinence after decades of pain and now is a vocal supporter of women taking proactive steps to live without pain.
“We hope that by celebrating the winner of the 2009 Passion award, other women will feel supported not only to seek the bladder control treatment that’s right for them, but also to help eliminate the taboo often coupled with the topic by talking about it,” stated Joe Kuester, Poise senior brand manager.
The Passion Award winner will be awarded at the 5th Annual “Below the Belt” Gala on June 27 in Chicago.
Survey finds eye allergy sufferers are self-conscious about allergy-related symptoms
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Eye allergy sufferers suffer from more than just the sniffles and sneezes, a recent survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America found.
About 40% of female allergy sufferers surveyed said their red and puffy eyes made them look tired and unattractive, and for those who wear contact lenses, 50% switch to glasses when their eye allergies flare and 45% wear their contacts less often.
“Having to stop wearing their contacts or wear them less frequently creates a wide range of emotions among allergy sufferers,” stated Mike Tringale, director of external affairs, AAFA. “Contact lens wearers say they feel less attractive when wearing their glasses (37%), unhappy (35%), less confident without their contacts (29%), and less able to perform activities as well as when they are wearing their contact lenses (26%).”
Spring was identified by 67% of respondents as the most troublesome time of year for eye-related allergies, and 26% claimed fall as the worst season for eye allergies. And more than half (51%) reported they experienced eye allergy symptoms all year long.
About 39% of allergy sufferers consulted with an allergy specialist about their eye-related allergy symptoms; 28% sought counsel with their family practitioner, 28% their optometrist and 28% their ophthalmologist.
The online survey of more than 800 people was supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.