Cancer survivors walking with lanterns

Walgreens Boots Alliance takes a comprehensive approach toward supporting cancer programs, working with organizations that advance research, expand prevention programs and assist people living with cancer.

We believe we can have the most impact through long-term commitment. Please read the stories below to learn more about our initiatives in this area.

Research, prevention and assisting people

We focus our efforts to support cancer programs around three priorities: working with organizations that advance research, expanding prevention programs and assisting people living with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers. This comprehensive three-pronged approach allows us to build on long-term partnerships to maximize impact.

Specialized training for pharmacists

a group of Walgreens pharmacists posing for camera
Walgreens Boots Alliance partners with leading cancer organizations such as Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK, the Irish Cancer Society in Ireland and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the U.S., to help educate our healthcare providers and offer them tools to assist with medication and direct treatment, as well as the visible symptoms that can result from having cancer or from the treatment of cancer.


Supporting customers with Macmillan Cancer Support

As of August 2018, more than 800 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors (BMBAs) and more than 2,000 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists (BMIPs) working for Boots UK had completed specialized training to provide support in-store for people on how to help manage the effects of cancer and its treatments.


Supporting blood cancer patients with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Walgreens pharmacies implement LLS training—to learn to better help patients manage side effects, to provide adherence tips and to share guidance on potential interaction with other medications —and become LLS-certified blood cancer pharmacies. As of August 31, 2018, 61 Walgreens pharmacies had completed the training and were certified.


Advancing research with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

Leaders from the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance and the EORTC have agreed to a five-year extension of their partnership. Walgreens Boots Alliance has committed to raise €5 million by 2023 to advance both organizations’ goals of providing better treatment and quality of life for people with cancer.

During the first phase of the partnership, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s employee-led fundraising initiatives surpassed a €5 million goal to support the EORTC in the creation of the first pan-European cancer research infrastructure, SPECTA (Screening Patients for Efficient Clinical Trial Access) for colorectal cancer. Today, SPECTA is recognized as one of the leading infrastructures for clinical cancer research in Europe and has served as a platform for research in rare solid cancers in adults supported by the European Union and member states.


Sponsoring Daffodil Day with the Irish Cancer Society

Since a partnership with the Irish Cancer Society began in 2012, Boots Ireland employees have raised over €1.4 million ($1.7 million) to support Night Nursing Service. This service provides up to 10 free nights of end-of-life care to cancer patients, allowing them to remain at home surrounded by loved ones. In fiscal 2018 Boots Ireland extended its support for the Irish Cancer Society by becoming the main sponsor of Daffodil Day, the society’s biggest fundraising event, which accounts for one fifth of its annual income.
Boots Ireland also continued to partner with the Irish Cancer Society by providing cancer support resources in its stores. More than 150 Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists and more than 150 Boots Cancer Beauty Advisors are trained and available to provide specialized advice on medication, makeup and skincare for customers and patients.

Rosa Fuerte and Fundación Alma

The Rosa Fuerte road race
For the fifth consecutive year our Mexican retail pharmacy business Farmacias Benavides held the Rosa Fuerte road race to raise donations in support of Fundación Alma, an organization that supports women who suffer or have suffered from breast cancer. The foundation provides funding for uninsured or underinsured women who need reconstructive surgery, prosthetics, psychological assistance or other aid. Between the race and a campaign for donations in stores, Farmacias Benavides raised close to $1.45m pesos ($76,000) for Fundación Alma during fiscal 2018.

Touring with the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)

During fiscal 2018 Walgreens expanded its partnership with the SCF. More Walgreens products received the Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, which was also included on in-store displays showing suncare recommendations throughout June, when sunscreen sales are a focus. Walgreens also supported the SCF’s Destination: Healthy Skin program in 2018 by participating in a tour to provide free skin cancer screenings at 42 events in 18 cities across the U.S.

Velodrome Challenge

In fiscal 2018, 28 employees from Alliance Healthcare UK participated in the London to Paris Velodrome Challenge, an athletic fundraiser. Employees cycled 705 kilometers (438 miles) on a track, totaling more than a round trip from London to Paris, to raise money for and awareness around CLIC Sargent, a charity for children with cancer.

Kilometers for Cancer

Boots Thailand employees participating in Kilometers for Cancer
Across a number of Walgreens Boots Alliance businesses, employees participated in Kilometers for Cancer, to benefit local charities in their markets. In 2018, employees ran, walked, skied or cycled 329,796 kilometers (204,925 miles) to raise money for charities including; Aktiv mot kreft (Norway), Macmillan Cancer Support (UK), National Cancer Institute Foundation (Thailand), Fundación Arturo López Pérez (Chile), Fundación Alma (Mexico), as well as the EORTC.

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