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CVS/pharmacy Raises $4.4 Million for ALS Research Through Annual ALS Fundraising Campaign
Date:8/21/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy announced today that it has raised $4.4 million in just 21 days through its annual in-store fundraising campaign for ALS research. This is the eighth year of the annual fundraising effort which, to date, has raised $19.3 million for ALS research, $1 at a time. This year's fundraiser took place in CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide from June 7 to 27.

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"Each year, we are amazed and grateful for the incredible support CVS/pharmacy customers demonstrate for ALS research," said Jonathan Roberts, Executive Vice President of CVS Caremark, who also served as an honorary chair of this year's fundraising campaign. "The $19.3 million our dedicated customers have raised, $1 at a time, helps further research into this devastating disease. We hope that today's check presentation shows how those individual contributions really make a big impact."

Serving with Roberts as co-chair of the campaign was Dana Miller, a 45-year-old resident of Wayland, Mass., and mother of four. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS just eight months ago.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a disorder in which there is progressive degeneration of motor nerves in the brain and spinal cord leading to paralysis and death, typically within three to five years. There is no known cause or cure for ALS, which affects 25,000 Americans, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

The funds raised from the CVS/pharmacy campaign will be donated to the ALS Therapy Alliance (ATA), which was founded in 2000 to provide a vehicle for a diverse group of scientists and clinicians to coordinate research related to ALS. Scientists involved in the ATA
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