(Washington, DC - September 23, 2009) This October, Marvelous Market is uniting with businesses across the country to help fight childhood cancer through the 18th annual Halloween Promotion benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. During the month-long promotion, employees at the participating establishments will ask patrons to make a $1 donation to St. Jude to join in the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases. In return for the contribution, the donors will have the opportunity to write their names on pumpkin-themed pinups, which the establishment will display through Halloween.

“Marvelous Market is proud to be a part of the 2009 St. Jude Halloween promotion. As a business, it’s important to us to be involved in helping our community thrive. This program allows us the opportunity to do something good for the children in our community,” said Lisa Bourven, Director of Operations at Marvelous Market.

Since its inception in 1992, the program has raised more than $41 million for St. Jude. This year, organizers of the fundraiser hope to sell more than 5 million pumpkin pinups by Halloween. “With the help of our partners across the country, I know that it is possible to reach this goal,” said David L. McKee, chief operating officer for ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. With the help of Marvelous Market and their patrons, St. Jude can continue its lifesaving mission.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.

Wednesday, 23 September, 2009