press release

April 16, 2013

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE FOR NINTH ANNUAL TRIPLE WINNER® GAME

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

Landover, Md. (April 16, 2013) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. will launch its ninth annual Triple Winner® game on April 19 to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Division at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. Since its start in 2005, Triple Winner has raised $11.5 million for pediatric cancer research, making it one of the most successful cause-marketing programs in the nation. This year Giant has committed to raise $1.6 million, a $100,000 increase from 2012, in critical funds for the fight against children’s cancer.

Customers can donate $1* at their neighborhood Giant to receive a Triple Winner scratch card. Every ticket could be an instant winner of a free product, gift card, product coupon, or cash up to $10,000. 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.

“As the nation’s capital grocer, Giant is committed to supporting Johns Hopkins and The Children’s Cancer Foundation, local organizations that are recognized nationally for their work with and on behalf of pediatric cancer patients,” said Anthony Hucker, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “This year, I am proud to work with Giant’s leadership team and associates to exceed the goals we have previously set for the Triple Winner program. We’ll work together to make a difference and be a better neighbor in our communities.”

Each year, four local children who are patients at the Kimmel Cancer Center are chosen to serve as Triple Winner ambassadors. This year’s ambassadors have several different types of cancer, but they are not limited by their diagnoses. The treatment they receive enables them to continue to spend time with family, enjoy their hobbies, and make plans for the future.

  • Emily is a twelve-year-old who enjoys swimming and drawing. Her passion for volunteer work and helping others has shaped her future career path – she aspires to be a doctor or a nurse. The Make-A-Wish Foundation will send Emily and her family to Hawaii this summer.
  • Seven-year-old Mo loves to laugh and shares his humor with the nurses at the hospital. Though Mo has lost one eye, and has little to no sight in the other, he continues to enjoy playing video games and Wii. He also loves to sing, dance, and spend time with his friends.
  • Muriel, an upbeat sixteen-year-old has recently relapsed. She has three sisters, including her twin, and a brother. In her spare time, she likes to read, draw, and cook. Muriel hopes to become a child life specialist.
  • Nineteen-year-old James was first diagnosed with cancer at age three. He has received chemotherapy, full body radiation, and a bone marrow transplant – but James, a triplet, has big plans for the future. Though he was forced to postpone his freshman year of college for treatment, he will attend Wake Forest University this fall. James looks forward to studying economics and business and to someday use his knowledge to support funding for cancer research.

“Over the past several years Giant's Triple Winner Program has helped us push the frontier of cancer research forward. We are now making discoveries that are improving the cure rates for the future,” said 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 $33.6 million.

“Giant Food is our number one benefactor in building child/family friendly inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities for children with cancer. Thanks to Giant, our precious children with cancer can continue to be children while they are receiving treatment,” said Shirley Howard, president and founder, The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 155 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 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 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 $33.6 million 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 Medical Center, National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Sinai Hospital, and The Children’s Inn at NIH.

*No purchase/contribution necessary. Legal residents of DE, MD, VA and DC 18 or older are eligible. Valid from 4/19/13 to 7/18/13 (or when all tickets are distributed/termination announced). Odds of winning an instant prize are 1 in 6. 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.