press release

April 9, 2015

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Giant Food Kicks off Eleventh Annual Triple Winner® Game to Beat Kids Cancer

Giant Food Committed to Raise $1.6 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Landover, Md. (April 9, 2015) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. will launch its eleventh annual Triple Winner game on April 10 to support pediatric cancer care and research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. Customers who donate $1* at their neighborhood Giant will receive a Triple Winner scratch card and could be an instant winner of a free product or cash up to $10,000 or provide the customer with a product coupon.

Since 2005, Giant has raised $14.7 million for pediatric cancer research through Triple Winner, and this year Giant pledges to raise $1.6 million. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to the Pediatric Oncology Division at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation.

“Giant is proud to continue supporting Johns Hopkins and The Children’s Cancer Foundation in their relentless fight to end pediatric cancer,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Our in-store campaign brings community members together to support patient care and research that we hope one day can help cure childhood cancer.”

Each year, four local children who have been treated at the Kimmel Cancer Center, or receive support from The Children’s Cancer Foundation, are chosen to serve as Triple Winner ambassadors. Each ambassador has faced his or her own set of challenges, but because of the treatment they have received, they are all able to better enjoy their time with family and friends.

  • Elijah is an eleven-year-old with a Primitive Neuroectodermal tumor. From Upper Marlboro, Md., Elijah enjoys playing video games and bowling. He continues to push forward and go to school while receiving treatments.
  • Thirteen-year-old Juliana was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma when she was five. Juliana has relapsed three times, but currently has no evidence of disease and is now being treated with a combination of chemotherapies to prevent another relapse. She loves cooking and baking and wants to open her own restaurant when she grows up. Juliana lives in Manchester, Md. with her family and her dog Maddie.
  • Amber, a six-year-old diagnosed with Wilms tumor, loves watching “Frozen” and playing with her Barbie dolls. She has started kindergarten in Bel Air, Md. and was recently honored by her teachers for always showing a caring attitude toward her classmates.
  • Sixteen-year-old Michael, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2007, is a cancer survivor. Though his leg had to be amputated, he loves sports and is currently trying to start a wrestling team at his school in Baltimore, Md.

“Giant’s Triple Winner program provides vital funds to advance pediatric cancer research and help turn laboratory findings into improved treatments and patient results,” said Dr. Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center. “Thank you Giant, your associates and your customers for your continued commitment to helping us find cures for childhood cancer.”

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center features one of the most comprehensive pediatric oncology programs in the country. It has been described as a “cancer research powerhouse” and includes specialized areas of expertise in treating brain tumors, sarcoma, leukemia, and lymphoma. The Center’s pediatric oncologists, nurses, and staff provide compassionate care to hundreds of children each year. The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. is committed to raising funds for building cancer treatment facilities in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia as well as for the research and treatment of cancers that affect children. Since its founding, the Foundation has given grants totaling more than $35.1 million.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full- service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

About Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

One of only 40 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has active programs in clinical research, laboratory research, education, community outreach, and prevention and control. The Kimmel Cancer Center is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state of Maryland.

About The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.

The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF), a local non-profit organization not affiliated with any national charity, was founded in 1983 by Board President Shirley Howard. Since then, the Foundation has raised and donated over $35.1million dollars to hospitals and researchers in the Maryland/DC Corridor including: The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Pediatric Oncology & Pediatric Neurosurgery), University of Maryland Medical Center, The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s National Health Systems, National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Sinai Hospital, and The Children’s Inn at NIH.

*No purchase/contribution necessary. Legal U. S. residents 18 or older are eligible. Valid from 4/10/15 to 7/10/15 or when all tickets are distributed/termination announced). Odds of winning an instant prize are 1 in 8. Odds of winning 2nd Chance Sweepstakes depends on number of entries. Restrictions apply. See stores for details or go to www.giantfood.com.

Triple Winner® is a registered trademark of The Hutton Company, Inc.