The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Release: Feb. 14, 2003

Younkers Stores To Support UI Breast Cancer Research

Younkers stores across the state are providing their customers an ideal opportunity to support breast cancer researchers with Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

On Feb. 9, Younkers "Charge Against Breast Cancer" program began raising funds for breast cancer research that could help enhance the early detection of breast cancer and advance the treatment of the disease in years to come. Each time customers use their Younkers card to make a purchase, Younkers will make a donation to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, Younkers is offering a special pin with genuine Austrian crystals for $10. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these pins will also be donated.

"We wanted to address this important issue in a meaningful way that would involve our customers," said Michael R. MacDonald, president and CEO of Carson Pirie Scott & Co. Younkers is a division of Carson Pirie Scott & Co. "It was also important that the funds generated be used for research and that those dollars remain in Iowa. The excellent reputation of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the outstanding research conducted there made it a clear choice as the beneficiary of this program."

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Iowa women. In 2003, oncologists will diagnose an estimated 2,300 new cases of breast cancer among Iowans, and approximately 400 patients in the state will die as a result of the disease. Nationwide, estimates show 212,300 women will develop breast cancer this year, leading to 40,200 deaths.

"Support from the private sector is very important in the search for a cure for cancer," said George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the C.E. Block Professor of Cancer Research and Internal Medicine. "Our partnership with Younkers will benefit all women and their families affected by this terrible disease."

There is hope on the horizon. The five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer has increased from 72 percent in the late 1940s to 97 percent today because of earlier detection and improved treatments.

"We are delighted and very grateful to Younkers for their generosity and caring for people affected by breast cancer. Their support will help us continue our work that is bringing groundbreaking research from the lab to the clinic to help patients," said Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and deputy director and associate director of basic research of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Carson Pirie Scott & Co. operates under five nameplates: Younkers, Boston Store, Carson's, Bergner's and Herberger's. They have formed similar alliances with other leading cancer research centers, including Boston Store and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, between Carson's and Bergner's stores in Illinois and Indiana with the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and between Herberger's and the University of Minnesota Cancer Center.

Carson Pirie Scott & Co. is a member of Saks Incorporated. It operates 138 department stores and five furniture galleries, with 31 Carson Pirie Scott Stores in greater Chicago and Indiana, 13 Bergner's stores throughout central Illinois, 10 Boston Stores in Wisconsin, 41 Herberger's stores in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming and 48 Younkers stores in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"Breast cancer is an issue that affects everyone, from our customers to our associates," added MacDonald. "The enthusiasm and support for this program in our other service areas encouraged us to bring it to Iowa. This approach makes it easy to support this worthy cause."

Younkers officials estimate that the "Charge Against Breast Cancer" program could raise as much as $60,000 for breast cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center each year.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu. Writer: Tom Moore

DIGEST: Younkers Stores To Support UI Breast Cancer Research

Younkers department stores in Iowa are joining researchers with Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa in the fight against breast cancer.