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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Living Essentials on Friday announced a donation of $344,269.20 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit education and support organization serving women and families affected by breast cancer. The total amount of the donation is based on a donation of five cents from the sale of every bottle of the limited edition, specially marked Raspberry Flavored 5-hour Energy sold between Aug. 15 and Dec. 31.
In addition to the monetary donation, LBBC has experienced significant increases in calls to its Breast Cancer Helpline, a surge in demand for their free Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer, and a jump in the number of visitors to lbbc.org, due in large part to Living Essentials' multi-media marketing campaign for the product, the company stated.
"The 5-hour ENERGY advertisements have increased the visibility of LBBC's educational and support services to a national audience and we are pleased to respond to them," stated LBBC CEO Jean Sachs. "Combined with the financial donation from Living Essentials, LBBC is reaching more people and providing them with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. LBBC's ambitious vision is a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone. This incredibly generous donation moves us further in that direction."
LBBC will use the donation to introduce a series of new initiatives and expand existing services, including a new series of brochures called In Focus that will address special-interest topics, including a publication for men. Other programs that will benefit from the donation include expanding the Breast Cancer Helpline nationally, increasing the number of free LBBC webinars, and hosting additional regional community meetings across the country.
"For us, this program was about much more than just writing a check," Manoj Bhargava, founder of Living Essentials, said. "We wanted to make sure that LBBC was recognized at the same level as some of its better-known counterparts, and that they were provided with funding to continue their good work. It's about making a real change, and we did that here."