MELVILLE, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, once again helped raise awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and donated funds to support expanded access to cancer care. Since the inception of Henry Schein's "Think Pink, Practice Pink" program in 2005, the Company has raised more than $850,000 in support of the American Cancer Society (the "Society") and other cancer-related causes. Starting with an initial focus on breast cancer, the program has expanded over the years to support a broader portfolio of cancer-related causes, including pediatric and oral cancers.
The Henry Schein "Think Pink, Practice Pink" program offers a wide selection of pink products—ranging from health care consumables and practice supplies to apparel—to its Dental, Dental Laboratory, Medical and Special Markets customers. Through the end of December, a portion of the sales of these special products will be donated to the Society and other cancer-related causes through the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes dental, medical and animal health by helping to increase access to care globally.
As part of this program, Team Schein Members at the Company's headquarters and other Company locations wore pink on October 15, and were provided with essential information about breast cancer detection. In addition, Team Schein Members donated their own funds, with matching funds provided by the Company. Click on Think Pink, Practice Pink 2013 to view photos from Henry Schein's "Think Pink" Day.
"As the second most common cause of death in the United States, cancer touches the lives of all of our Team Schein Members in some way," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "Henry Schein is proud to raise awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and raise funds to support expanded access to cancer care. Through the generosity of our Team Schein Members, supplier partners and customers, Henry Schein's 'Think Pink, Practice Pink' program has touched the lives of countless numbers of patients and their families over the past eight years."
According to the Society, cancer accounts for nearly one of every four deaths in the United States. Approximately 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.
In addition to the "Think Pink, Practice Pink" program, Henry Schein is once again partnering with the Society to support care for cancer patients provided through Hope Lodge, a network of free temporary housing services throughout the country for cancer patients and their loved ones. For the fifth consecutive year, the Company provided 1,500 Henry Schein Cares Welcome Kits to guests at Hope Lodge to help make their stay at Hope Lodge more comfortable and less stressful. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation dedicated the Henry Schein Cares Welcome Center at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center in New York City in 2010.
About Henry Schein Cares and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation
Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein's global corporate social responsibility program, stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief. Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success.
Established in 2008, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world.
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations that support health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care. To learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, please visit: www.hscaresfoundation.org.