Duck Donuts kicks off fundraising campaign to benefit 50 children's hospitals

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Duck Donuts kicks off fundraising campaign to benefit 50 children’s hospitals (Photo: Duck Donuts)

Duck Donuts begins its fourth annual franchise-wide Quack Gives Back Campaign supporting Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program.

According to a news release, the campaign is designed to help alleviate fear and anxiety in children undergoing cancer treatment. Taking place each September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the campaign has raised nearly $190,000 to date. This year’s funds will go directly to 50 children’s hospitals in the communities local Duck Donuts’ owners serve across the United States, the release stated.

In Utah, customers who visit Duck Donuts in South Jordan in-store will have the opportunity to roundup their change in support of the campaign. The money raised will go towards the purchase of Chemo Duck Programs, an education and medical play therapy tool used to help local families and children who are undergoing cancer treatment at Riverton Hospital.

Russ DiGilio, founder and CEO of Duck Donuts, said in a prepared statement:

Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is an important resource not just for the children undergoing cancer treatment and their families, but also for the doctors, nurses, child life specialists, and other supporters who are trying to comfort children and navigate them through what can be a very scary experience. For the last four years, we’ve been proud to partner with this wonderful organization to provide huggable hope to thousands of kids and families. We look forward to another year of raising awareness and dollars for this special cause and doing what we can to live out our core value of being a valued member of our community.

Since becoming a national sponsor in 2017, donations from Duck Donuts and its customers have enabled 6,000 families to receive Gabe’s Chemo Duck Programs at no cost, a press release stated.

This unique educational program includes a 12-inch, soft “Chemo Duck” used for medical play therapy; a bilingual companion overview book; an activity book; and an educational DVD that includes a cartoon about the program.