July 14, 2009
Mercy Hospital Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Whole Women, Whole Health Program
Mercy Hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center today received a $25,000 contribution to assist with their Whole Women, Whole Health Program. The grant will work to provide massage, acupuncture and a variety of informative and life-enhancing classes that complement the hospital's holistic approach to recovery from breast cancer.
"Mercy Hospital has been privileged to be the recipient of a generous $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for our Whole Women, Whole Health program. It is through the commitment of foundations like the Walmart Foundation that Mercy Hospital is able to offer quality, life enhancing breast cancer therapies to all women regardless of financial circumstances, which is the foundation of our mission at Mercy," said Sr. Sheila Lyne, President and CEO of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.
The grant helps provide these services at no cost to breast cancer patients who are in the initial five year period of remission and recovery from treatment. The goal of the program is to offer all patients effective, non-invasive treatment for the lingering symptoms that can result from breast cancer treatment and to empower survivors to make changes in their lifestyle that will improve the quality of life.
The grant was presented to Sr. Sheila Lyne during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Mercy Hospital Breast Cancer Center. During the ceremony John Bisio of Walmart presented the check. "The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting Mercy Hospital's Breast Cancer Center, and is committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve," said Bisio. "Through this grant, we are hopeful that these women will benefit from these therapies provided to them at no cost."
The contribution to Mercy Hospital Breast Cancer Center was made possible through the Walmart Foundation's Illinois State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
Last year, the Illinois State Giving Program awarded more than $14 million to local organizations such as Special Olympics of Illinois and the Illinois Food Bank Association. In Illinois, a team of local associates determine needs within each state, review eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program's online grant application. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program's minimum funding criteria. Additional information about the program's funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
From February 2008 through January 2009, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts, an $85.6 million increase over its global giving in the previous year. Walmart's FYE 2009 giving breakdown:
* In the U.S., Walmart gave more than $378 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $296 million in 2007.
* In international markets, Walmart gave $45.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $41 million in 2007.
* Globally, Walmart's customers and associates gave more than $106 million through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities.
* In total, Walmart, its Foundations, its customers and its associates supported communities around the globe with nearly $530 million in charitable contributions during FYE 2009.
About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009, Walmart - and its domestic and international Foundations - gave more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
Susie Gura, Serafin & Associates, 312.943.1955
Mary Kate Brosnan, Mercy Hospital, 312.567.2405