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Hospira Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to the National Cancer Coalition (NCC)

5/24/2010 8:17:59 AM

RALEIGH, N.C., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Cancer Coalition (NCC) is pleased to announce that it recently received a $25,000 grant award from the Hospira Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hospira, Inc., to support its pharmaceutical relief program within the Dominican Republic. NCC is seeking to significantly increase the levels of medical resources that it provides to the public hospitals of the Dominican Republic in an effort to more fully treat the country's underserved patients, and this grant will contribute toward achieving that goal.

"Hospira is dedicated to advancing wellness, and the National Cancer Coalition's medical relief programs provide access to much-needed medicines and technologies for patients who would otherwise go without. We are especially proud to assist communities in which our employees work and live, and we have a strong, dedicated workforce in the Dominican Republic," said Stacey T. Eisen, vice president, Global Public Affairs, and vice president, Hospira Foundation.

Robert B. Landry, III, President of NCC commented, "The National Cancer Coalition is thrilled to receive this financial support from the Hospira Foundation." He added, "We are especially pleased with our working relationship with Hospira, a global manufacturer of specialty injectable pharmaceuticals and medical products, over the past few years and the impact realized for underserved patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases." NCC, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has provided the Dominican Republic with requested medicines valued at over $100 million during the past 10 years.

Hospira's donations of the colorectal cancer medicine irinotecan HCI have allowed NCC to provide access to this important drug to public hospitals that assist the underserved in the developing world. The benefiting public hospitals that have received this cancer medicine were located in: Ghana, Tanzania, Moldova, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and the Philippines. These donations have provided hundreds of poor cancer patients access to this vital chemotherapy.

The National Cancer Coalition, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, supports relief and research programs throughout the world. The Coalition's international medical relief program provides requested pharmaceuticals to medical facilities that treat underserved patients in over 50 developing countries around the world. The NCC Provides program awards financial assistance for American cancer patients who would otherwise not be able to complete their treatments. For additional information, please contact NCC at: 919-821-2182 or visit our website at:

SOURCE National Cancer Coalition

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