(RYE BROOK, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2018) – Burlington Stores and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) joined forces for the 17th consecutive year to help save lives and bring smiles to those touched by blood cancer. From September 9 through December 1, Burlington's more than 670 locations nationwide encouraged customers to donate $1 or more at checkout to support LLS's goal to create a world without blood cancer. This campaign, combined with Burlington's corporate associate fundraising efforts, raised $5.1 million for LLS, helping the organization fund lifesaving research and treatments. This year's donation is the largest one by the retailer to date, and over the past 17 years, Burlington has raised a collective grand total of more than $37 million.
With nearly 6,000 school-age children diagnosed with blood cancers each year, the campaign, timed to Blood Cancer Awareness Month, provides children across the country affected by blood cancers with the ability to seamlessly transition back to school post-treatment. Together, Burlington and LLS partnered with the LLS chapters nationwide to bring smiles to young survivors by surprising them with a shopping spree at their local Burlington store, ensuring that they felt confident and could showcase their personal style when headed back to school.
"While we've made incredible progress for patients, critical challenges remain," said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS President and Chief Executive Officer. "That's why LLS remains laser-focused on finding cures and ensuring blood cancer patients can access the lifesaving treatments they need. Because of the generosity of Burlington, the top Light the Night National Partner, thousands of lives have been saved, and the work that LLS is doing in the blood cancer space not only is advancing lifesaving treatments and cures for the 1.3 million Americans living with or in remission from a blood cancer but, importantly, it is helping patients with other cancers."
"At Burlington, giving back is at our core and we are proud of our long-time partnership with LLS. We are honored to support an organization that is making a difference in the lives of those impacted by blood cancers," says Tom Kingsbury, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores. "We appreciate our generous customers and dedicated associates for their continued commitment to the cause and for making this year's donation our best yet."
Contributing to nearly every advancement in blood cancer treatment in recent decades, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in cancer research, with groundbreaking results. LLS is a leader in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine. These revolutionary new treatments are powering our efforts to attack cancer from every angle, and this would not be possible without the generosity of partners such as Burlington and its customers and associates.
About Burlington Stores
Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off other retailers' prices every day. Departments include ladies' dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, beauty, menswear, family footwear, and children's clothing. It also includes an assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home décor, and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation for the entire family. Burlington has more than 670 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, and to view the Pricing Policy, visit www.Burlington.com.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood-cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood-cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., ET.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society