Industry News | April 27, 2010

Cinnabon, DAISY Foundation to Recognize Nurses

In appreciation of the extraordinary service nurses provide daily, Cinnabon and The DAISY Foundation are celebrating National Nurses Week by offering these professionals a free Cinnabon Classic Roll when they show their healthcare badges at participating bakeries May 6–12.

“Nurses always put others before themselves, so we’re happy to thank them for their constant ‘WOW’ service,” says Gary Bales, Cinnabon president. “We also commend The DAISY Foundation for their amazing efforts and are happy to continue growing our relationship with this organization.”

Bonnie and Mark Barnes of Glen Ellen, California, and their family members established The DAISY Foundation in January 2000 to recognize nurses after Mark’s son, Patrick, died of complications from an auto-immune disease. During his hospital stay, Pat would only eat Cinnabon rolls, and he insisted his nurses have some, too. Since its inception, the foundation has presented 6,000 nurses in nearly 500 medical facilities nationwide and in Canada with The DAISY Award, which includes Cinnabon rolls and gift certificates for recipients and their colleagues to celebrate the teamwork it takes to provide outstanding patient care.

“While the circumstances under which we created The DAISY Foundation were painful, we feel blessed to honor so many nurses,” says Bonnie Barnes. “We’re grateful to have the tremendous support of the Cinnabon brand. Our message at every DAISY presentation is that whenever nurses smell that wonderful Cinnabon aroma, they should take a moment to think about how special they are because of their dedication to caring for the rest of us.”


I was at a food court in Rcokaway Mall here in Morris County NJ and I saw the free cinnabon for nurses for the entire nurse's week celebration. I asked the guy in the counter of the cinnabon store for a free stuff since I am a nurse. The guy said he need to see my hospital badge. So I went out to the parking lot to get my badge in my car and it was drizzling hard and I came back and showed it to the guy he responded that the free cinnabon is only for female nurses. Wow. I asked reallly??? I was disgusted and surprised as I am a male nurse working in three different hospitals and been a nurse for 20 years. Was I discriminated because I am also and asian?

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