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Shire Commits to Long-term Responsibility Goals in 2017 Annual Responsibility Review

Press Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) today announced the release of the Company’s 2017 Annual Responsibility Review. The Review, available at, outlines Shire’s new Responsibility strategy that includes ambitious long-term goals to be achieved by 2025, aimed at further enhancing the Company’s commitment to Responsibility and positively impacting patients, our employees, and our communities.  

New Sponsorship Pairs Aflac and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 
to Help Defeat Childhood Cancer

Sponsorship focuses on #ChildrensHospitalsWeek and popular Dance Marathon events across the country as Aflac introduces My Special Aflac DuckTM to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals community
Press Release

COLUMBUS, Ga. – March 8, 2018 /3BL Media/– Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States and a committed corporate ally for families facing childhood cancer, today announced an agreement with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals) to sponsor several key CMN Hospitals events throughout the year, including the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, which is this week.

Smithfield Foods Donation Brings New Indoor Archery Facility to Victory Junction

Press Release

RANDLEMAN, N.C., March 5, 2018 /3BL Media/ — The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce its gift of $500,000 to Victory Junction, a children’s camp committed to enriching the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences. Smithfield’s donation will fund the camp’s new indoor archery range.  

CVS Health Foundation Increases Access to Health Care Across the Country With $1 Million in New Grants

Press Release

WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ – As part of its ongoing effort to making quality health care convenient and affordable for more Americans, the CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), today extended its commitment to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) with $1 million in new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country.  The new grants will focus on improving health outcomes for patients managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Walking Forward Receives $1.6 Million Grant for Lung Cancer Screening Research

Press Release

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., February 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Avera Health is pleased to announce that the Walking Forward Program, based in Rapid City, has been awarded a grant for over $1.6 million from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to increase lung cancer screening rates for high-risk smokers living in western South Dakota.

The award, which will be distributed over the course of three years (2018-2020), will fund Walking Forward’s research dedicated to increasing awareness of lung cancer prevention and access to advanced lung cancer screening technology.

This Cancer Patient Used ebay to Do Something Incredible for His Hospital

Steve Brewer, 62, found the amazing gift while in his hospital bed

A cancer patient who was told his hospital couldn't afford more chemotherapy machines bought seven after finding them for £175 on eBay.

Steve Brewer, 62, was told by nurses at Peterborough City Hospital that they couldn't afford to buy any more £4,300 triple pump machines, which administer cancer drugs. 

But when he looked online from his hospital bed, he found them for a fraction of the cost, and has now donated seven of them to the ward he was treated on.

WELL Tip: Navigating Preconditions for the Nourishment Concept

by Tori Shepherd

Have you ever considered a WELL precondition and wondered where to begin? Not to fret! We’ve launched a Navigating preconditions series to help project teams get started incorporating a number of preconditions from different WELL concepts into their project’s design and policies.

What are the building blocks of the Nourishment concept?

My Special Aflac Duck Takes Home Best of CES 2018 Award

Caring Companion for Children with Cancer Honored for Best Unexpected Product among 3,900 Exhibitors
Press Release

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, capped off a busy week at the Consumer Electronics Show® (CES) by accepting the Best of CES 2018 Award for Best Unexpected Product for My Special Aflac Duck, the company’s new social robot designed to help children coping with cancer.

Robot Duck Comforts Kids With Cancer

Multimedia with summary

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer. 

View the video on the AP website.

Robot Duck’s Aim: Helps Kids With Cancer Via Power of Play


By Marina Hutchinson | AP

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer — a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play.

The duck, developed by robotics expert Aaron Horowitz and his company, is undergoing testing and is expected to be widely distributed by the end of this year.


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