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Safeway raises more than $11 million for prostate cancer research

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. During what has become a familiar summer tradition that reaches millions of Safeway customers each week, the company raised more than $11.6 million for prostate cancer research, Safeway announced Wednesday.

Since 2001, the company and its customers have raised $65.4 million for prostate cancer research.

“Ten years ago this unique funding and awareness raising channel didn’t exist,” stated Jonathan Simons, CEO and president of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “Safeway changed that and, in the process, has altered the trajectory of the disease.”

Mortality rates markedly have declined since Safeway joined the cause nearly ten years ago, he said. “No business has done more to remove the stigma from prostate cancer and create a dialog about the disease,” Simons said.

Over the last several years, the company has funded a research team led by Robert Getzenberg and Theodore DeWeese of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in partnership with researchers from MIT, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the University of Michigan and The Prostate Cancer Center of Vancouver, Canada. The team is working to increase patient response to a variety of therapies — including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy — by injecting nanoparticles into the patient.

“Anytime you can engage or fund research that extends life or the quality of life, which is what PCF does, you stand to make a significant difference,” commented Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd.

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Duane Reade takes shot at beer pong

BY Alaric DeArment

Ever since the game began several years ago, beer pong has become as much a part of college campus parties in America as fashioning bed sheets into Roman-style togas or having everyone dress in the most hideous fashions of a past decade.

Now, Duane Reade is hoping to capitalize on the trend, selling packages of ping pong balls next to its beer shelf, as seen in this photo taken at the chain’s store at 55th St. and Park Ave., downstairs from Drug Store News’ offices.

 

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Target opens new store in Chicago’s Wilson Yard

BY Drug Store News Team

MINNEAPOLIS Target said Tuesday it has opened a new store in the Wilson Yard community of Chicago.

The new 200,000-sq.-ft. store, which creates 300 jobs, will celebrate its grand opening on July 25 and features fresh produce, meat and bakery goods along with a Starbucks, Target Cafe, Target Pharmacy, Target Optical and Pizza Hut Express.

Target currently operates 1,740 stores in 49 states.

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