SAN FRANCISCO — As part of McKesson’s 14th annual Community Days, the company’s all-employee volunteer week, an estimated 16,000 McKesson employees from more than 150 sites across the country will come together to create 25,000 Comfort Kits for the McKesson Foundation’s new charity initiative, Giving Comfort, the wholesaler announced Monday.
“Each year millions of people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly one quarter of those patients will exhaust all of their savings to cover treatment costs,” stated Carrie Varoquiers, president, McKesson Foundation and VP, corporate citizenship. “McKesson created Giving Comfort because we saw the need to provide comfort to those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. We work with hospitals, care facilities and service organizations across the nation to ensure that the kits get to patients who need it, at a time when they need it the most.”
The kits are provided to low-income patients through various distribution network partners, which include hospital social workers, independent oncologists, patient navigators, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other service providers. Each Kit is filled with a soft blanket, toiletries, a warm cap, journal and other essential items to help patients as they receive treatment.
The McKesson Foundation is focused on providing funding to cancer research through its Mobilizing for Health grant program. Specifically, through Mobilizing for Health, the Foundation funds research projects focused on mobile phone-based interventions for low-income patients, with a priority interest in early detection and cancer management.