(Joplin, MO) – Patients battling blood cancer are in the fight of their lives. Every three minutes in the United States, someone is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. The recovery is long and often leaves patients feeling weak, cold and isolated. Today, Frank Fletcher Subaru, in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), spread hope and warmth to cancer patients with the delivery of dozens of blankets to the Freeman Health System’s Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute and craft kits to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“We commend Frank Fletcher Subaru for ‘Loving to Care’ and taking an active role in the well-being of our community,” said Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker. “These blankets and craft kits will bring comfort to our patients, help them pass the time as they receive chemotherapy, and warm their hearts as well as their bodies.”
The donation is a tradition for Fletcher Subaru during June as it celebrates “Subaru Loves to Care,” a national health-focused initiative.
“By end of the year, Subaru and retailers nationwide will have donated over 230,000 warm blankets along with hand-written messages to support brave cancer patients across America,” said Jason Chambers, Frank Fletcher Auto Group General Manager. “Subaru works all year on five special community events to give back to communities they serve – it’s why Subaru is more than a car company.”
Subaru is partnering with LLS for the seventh consecutive year.
“Supporting patients and families is central to everything we do at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and meeting community needs is incredibly important to us,” said Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro, LLS President and CEO. “Through our long-standing partnership with Subaru, together we deliver comfort and reassurance to blood cancer patients across the country, showing them that they are not alone. Subaru’s generous contribution continues to fuel our mission, funding patient support, advocacy and pioneering research that breaks new ground in the fight against blood cancer.”
Those looking to write a message of hope for patients in their community are invited to visit their local Subaru retailer.
To learn more about Subaru Loves to Care, please visit subaru.com/care and follow #SubaruLovesToCare.
About Freeman Health System:
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.
Lisa Olliges, Marketing & Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System