LLS & Walgreens
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has a long history of collaborating with Walgreens – nationally and regionally – on a range of local patient assistance initiatives, education efforts, and specialized training for Walgreens pharmacists working with cancer patients every day.
In an effort to improve the health and well-being of people living with cancer nationwide, Walgreens announced its pledge to contribute more than $25 million to LLS and Susan G. Komen, collectively, over the next five years. Through a combination of corporate donations and in-store fundraising, the commitment to LLS will enable new research in pediatric blood cancers, as well as increase access, treatment and support services for those living with these diseases.
Customers of Walgreens can support LLS by donating in store at check out from March 1-14, 2020.
People living with cancer - including patients, family members and caregivers – have an ever greater need for information about the disease itself and about the wider physical and emotional realities related to it. Improved therapies mean that more and more people are living longer with cancer, which has increased the demand for information and support. In the U.S., a growing number of cancer patients self administer therapies at home rather than going to a cancer center for chemotherapy or radiation treatment. This means that the pharmacist is often the last healthcare provider to speak with a patient before they initiate their therapy.
LLS designed and launched specialized training courses for Walgreens pharmacists so they better understand cancer, gain confidence in speaking with people affected by cancer and are a resource for patients.
Local Walk Teams
Community engagement via Light The Night walk teams and in store fundraising efforts raised more than $1.9 million in 2019.
Customers donated during checkout in November 2019 and again in March 2020 in 9500+ U.S. Walgreens retail pharmacy locations.
Walgreens specialty retail pharmacies certified as blood cancer pharmacies by LLS.
Support Services and Educational Resources
Education and resources provided to patients and caregivers via LLS Blood Cancer Conferences and dedicated patient support services and pharmacist education.
Feature Points for this Relationship
Walgreens is the Premier International Partner of LLS’s Blood Cancer Conferences, including potential engagement with Walgreens beauty consultants in some markets.
LLS involvement in the Walgreens Boots Alliance “Collaboration for Cancer Prevention, Research and Support” initiative to support people living with cancer at all moments of their journey.
Support of the LLS PedAL master trial that will drive safer cures faster to children.