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Video: CVS/pharmacy Kicks Off 8th Annual ALS Fundraising Campaign in Stores Nationwide
Date:6/8/2009

National Campaign runs from June 7 - 27

WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy has kicked-off its annual in-store fundraising campaign to support the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Since 2002, CVS/pharmacy has partnered with the ALS Therapy Alliance (ATA) to help advance ALS research. To date, CVS/pharmacy has raised more than $15 million in its stores -- a single $1 donation at a time -- to support the funding of new clinical trials with the aim of discovering a treatment or cure for this devastating disease. This year's campaign runs through June 27.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/CVS/38728/

To bring the campaign to a personal level and to communicate the randomness of the disease, the story of a young mother with ALS will be shared throughout the campaign. Dana Miller, a 45-year-old resident of Wayland, Mass. and a mother of four who is married to a childhood friend, was diagnosed with ALS just six months ago. She is serving as honorary co-chair of this year's campaign along with Jon Roberts, Executive Vice President of CVS Caremark.

For Miller, the disease seemed to come out of nowhere. "One minute, I was exercising as usual and the next minute, the weights I was holding were falling out of my hands. I really knew something was wrong when I was on the treadmill and couldn't get my foot to move forward."

"Unfortunately, my symptoms have progressed rapidly and I now have difficulty walking, moving my hands and arms, and speaking," Miller added. "I'm also unable to drive. The hardest part of all of this though, is the impact that ALS has had on my family."

By serving as co-chair of CVS/pharmacy's in-store fundraising campaign, Miller aims to turn a negative into a positive -- championing funding for ALS r
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