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HomeGoods to host fund-raiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

June 18, 2012 EAST LONGMEADOW — Now through July 1, East Longmeadow-area HomeGoods shoppers will have the opportunity to support cancer care and research while shopping at the off-price home fashions retailer. More than 200 HomeGoods stores nationwide will be participating in the 12th annual HomeGoods "Helps Families Fight Cancer" campaign benefiting the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. HomeGoods customers can participate by making a $1, $5, or $10 contribution at the register to "Help Families Fight Cancer" with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dana-Farber. New to this year's program, customers also have the opportunity to purchase a reusable shopping bag featuring artwork by a Jimmy Fund Clinic pediatric patient for 99 cents. HomeGoods will contribute 50 cents for each bag purchased to the Jimmy Fund. "For more than 10 years, HomeGoods and its dedicated customers have raised more than $3 million for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. We are so grateful for their continued support in our fight against cancer and helping families facing this disease," Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund, said. "We are so pleased to engage HomeGoods associates and customers in our annual campaign to support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund again this year. We are grateful for our customers' generosity and confident that our dedicated efforts will go far in helping families around the country who are impacted by this disease," Robyn Arvedon, HomeGoods spokesperson, said. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women's Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Children's Hospital Boston as Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Bookmark and Share

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