Posted on: Monday, November 11, 2013
Atlanta-based DS Waters of America, Inc. (DS Waters), owner of the Athena® and Crystal Springs® bottled water brands, recently presented a gift of $10,000 to the Northside Hospital Auxiliary. The money will fund “care bags” for patients following breast surgery.
Northside Hospital continues to be the leader in the fight against breast cancer, diagnosing and treating more cases than any other community hospital in the Southeast. The hospital offers a complete range of services for patients including education, genetic counseling, imaging, radiation oncology, surgery, support, rehabilitation and more – covering every aspect of breast care. For women undergoing breast surgery, the Northside Hospital Auxiliary funds and prepares care bags, which include a rubber exercise ball to aid in lymphatic drainage, a soft pillow for seat belt protection, literature about support services and “Courage,” a specially designed plush lion that is exclusive to Northside.
Northside’s Network of Hope cancer survivor network, a part of the Auxiliary, delivers the care bags to patients.
“We are honored that the Northside Hospital Auxiliary is able to help support our patients on their cancer journey,” said Carol Kratochvil, manager of volunteer services, Northside Hospital. “This donation from DS Waters enables us to continue to offer care bags to all breast surgery patients.”
Since 2003, sales of Athena bottled water have contributed $1.6 million dollars to the cause and the brand is closing in on its goal of $2 million by the end of 2014. Customers can purchase 24 pack half-liter cases and 1L bottles of Athena bottled water at select retail stores and can receive the bottled water by delivery directly to their home or office by ordering through DS Waters.
“After my wife’s surgery for breast cancer, a volunteer from the Northside Hospital Auxiliary brought in a care bag, sat down, and just talked with her,” said Mark Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing, DS Waters. “The volunteer was a survivor who gave us information, hope and courage to move forward. We are pleased to support a program that delivers courage to those who are fighting their own battle.”
“I cannot thank DS Waters enough for their generous donation,” said Susan Casella, breast health coordinator, Northside Hospital, and coordinator of the Network of Hope. “This money will go directly to supporting our patients and I look forward to a growing partnership in the fight against breast cancer.”
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