Duck Donuts will kick off its third annual franchise-wide Quack Gives Back Campaign supporting Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, aligned with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign is designed to raise funds and awareness for the unique Nashville nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating fear and anxiety in children undergoing cancer treatment.
Throughout the month of September, customers can help provide educational resources and comfort to families living with childhood cancer by purchasing a $1 paper Ribbon Icon, which will be proudly displayed in stores throughout the campaign. As a thank you, those who donate will receive a “Buy One, Get One Free Donut” coupon offer for their next visit.
“According to CureSearch, more than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year,” says Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts. “Through partnering with organizations such as Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, we are able to provide educational resources and a medical play therapy tool that offers huggable hope and comfort to the brave children who are fighting cancer.”
The program includes a 12-inch, soft Chemo Duck used for medical play therapy; a bilingual companion overview book; printable activity book; as well as an educational DVD that includes a cartoon about the program. The money raised in each store will benefit their local Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program affiliated children’s oncology group member hospitals.
“We are honored to be a part of this amazing event for the third year in a row and the difference that has been made in the lives of children living with cancer is immeasurable,” says Lu Sipos, founder and CEO of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. Countless children have benefitted from the comfort and support of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program because of the support we receive from our compassionate and caring national sponsors such as Duck Donuts, to which Gabe and I are very thankful.”
Since becoming a national sponsor in 2017, Duck Donuts has raised more than $140,000, providing Gabe’s Chemo Duck Programs to more than 3,000 families throughout 37 children’s oncology unit member hospitals in the communities the franchise serves.