UFCW Local 653 & Quisberg’s joins groundbreaking efforts to help eliminate blood cancers across the globe

 UFCW Local 653 & Quisberg’s joins groundbreaking efforts to help eliminate blood cancers across the globe

Baxter, Minnesota – Today, S & R Quisberg Incorporated is making their mark in creating a world without blood cancer with the launch of Labor Against Cancer. Labor Against Cancer is a movement to end the devastation of cancer, led in Minnesota by the passionate members of The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 653 and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

S & R Quisberg, operating stores in Brainerd and Baxter under the name Cub Foods and Pequot Lakes Supervalu, launched a company-wide initiative and is encouraging its customers to make donations at checkout to benefit Labor Against Cancer. All donations help in the fight against blood cancers. Customers can donate now through November 18th at Cub Foods in Brainerd and Baxter, or at the Supervalu in Pequot Lakes.

Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 653 work at Cub Foods in Brainerd, Baxter and Supervalu in Pequot Lakes. Nationwide, the UFCW represents 1.3 million members and has been a powerful voice for LLS since the partnership began in 1982. The organization has raised $83 million for LLS’s goal to find cures and ensure blood cancer patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Similar fundraisers are planned in the Twin Cities area in 2018 at union grocers.

“Our union family is proud to be partnering with Chris Quisberg and his companies to find a cure that impacts millions of people. We all know someone who’s been impacted by blood cancer. Every dollar raised is one dollar closer to ending cancer,“ said Matt Utecht, President of UFCW Local 653.

“At S & R Quisberg, we are always looking for ways to help people. When UFCW Local 653 came to us with this opportunity to partner with them and the LLS we jumped at the opportunity. I am always amazed at the generosity of our communities when we hold fundraisers, being able to provide an avenue for our customers and employees to give money to such a worthy cause is the least we can do to help,” said Chris Quisberg.

“We are grateful to UFCW Local 653’s President Matt Utecht, Local 653 members, Chris Quisberg, S & R Quisberg, and all the employees who are lending their support,” said Matt Russow, Campaign Manager at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UFCW Partnership. “As the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to ending blood cancers, LLS is honored to partner with UFCW, with its own powerful network of communities, to have a positive impact on all blood cancer patients and families.”

Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer, and every nine minutes someone dies from blood cancer. Today, nearly 1.3 million people in the U.S. are living with, or are in remission from a blood cancer. The funds raised during this campaign will help LLS advance research to find new treatments and cures.

As there are no means of preventing or screening for most blood cancers, LLS is focused on finding cures; the organization is doing more than any other to find cures and help patients access lifesaving treatments.  In its 68 year history, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research to advance cancer treatments and cures. And the progress made in the blood cancers is helping patients with other cancers and chronic diseases.

Labor Against Cancer will raise much needed funds to advance research and patient support in partnership with LLS while raising awareness of the important role that union members play each and every day.

For more information, please visithttp://www.lls.org/labor-against-cancer.

About The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Learn more about the UFCW atwww.ufcw.org.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ###



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