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Providence Cancer Center receives donation from Fred Meyer customers and associates

Grocer raises more than $19,000 toward cancer research for Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, AK – Fred Meyer customers and associates donated $19,850.29 to Providence Alaska Foundation for cancer research and clinical trials at Providence Cancer Center by dropping their change in coin boxes located at Fred Meyer check stands. In a three-month period, Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington donated a total of $246,815 in change to local cancer awareness and research organizations.
“The Providence Cancer Center is so fortunate to have friends like Fred Meyer throughout the community who are committed to supporting Alaskans with cancer,” said Wanda Katinszky, director of oncology, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “These funds will be used to support the oncology clinical research program at Providence.”
From Aug. 14 through Nov. 5, Fred Meyer collected coin donations for Providence Cancer Center in stores in Alaska. Additionally, Fred Meyer employees chose to combine their quarterly donations to the Fred Meyer Fund – Fred Meyer’s corporate foundation – with the coin box donations for Providence.
“Cancer is a subject that hits home with both our customers and employees,” said Melinda Merrill, public affairs director for Fred Meyer Stores. “We are grateful for their generosity and are honored to be able to make this donation to cancer research and awareness programs on our customers’ behalf.”
Fred Meyer has had coin boxes at its check stands for more than 10 years, and the money collected is distributed through the company’s corporate foundation, the Fred Meyer Fund. In 2010, the coin boxes raised more than half a million dollars.
“We are honored and blessed to be the recipient of such heartfelt generosity from Fred Meyer employees and customers,” said Suzanne Rudolph, president, Providence Alaska Foundation. “This gift will touch the lives of many patients right here in Alaska.”
About Providence Cancer Center
The Providence Cancer Center is the first comprehensive cancer center in Alaska. It features an expert team of cancer care professionals and offers comprehensive clinical services including: radiation oncology, an infusion center, oncology research/clinical trials, oncology rehabilitation, outpatient oncology navigation, and tumor registry. The facility offers an onsite retail pharmacy, laboratory and pathology services, a media center, and telehealth capabilities. The state-of-the-art cancer center provides service and programs such as genetic counseling, appearance support and healing arts and a resource center for community education accessible to all Alaskans.
About Fred Meyer Stores
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 130 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $5 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our Web site at