CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, has received a generous contribution of $30,000 from Sommers Oil.
The donation will be presented next week at the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, where CURE provides support to patients and families facing the difficult journey of a child's cancer diagnosis.
The Giving Pump is a two-month promotion as part of the nationwide Force for Good campaign by Shell Oil Co. The initiative aims to raise awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations by allocating a portion of sales to a selected charity.
Thanks to the efforts of Sommers Oil Co., The Giving Pump is now available in the Lowcountry and South Georgia area, and the chosen beneficiary is CURE Childhood Cancer.
"We were delighted to once again collaborate with CURE this year. The invaluable support and care they provide to children and families undergoing treatment is truly commendable. It is a great honor for us to support their mission," Cory Sommers, vice president of sales and marketing at Sommers Oil Co. said in a news release.
Last year, the program significantly increased its presence, going from just seven to over 40 participating pumps in Georgia and South Carolina. This expansion yielded an impressive amount, raising close to $30,000 for CURE.
Georgia Giving Pumps were available at various Shell stations across the state, including Brunswick, Eatonton, Midway, Metter, Pooler, Riceboro, Rincon, Richmond Hill and Savannah. Similarly, South Carolina also had participating Giving Pump Shell stations located in Aiken, Beaufort, Bluffton, Columbia, Elgin, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Johnston, Lexington, Moncks Corner, Ridgeland, Summerville, Swansea and Walterboro.
“On behalf of CURE and the children and families who will benefit from this wonderful campaign, I thank the drivers who filled their tanks at giving pumps all across the region,” said CURE vice president South Georgia Mandy Garola.
“Giving Pumps raise awareness, raise funds for research, and connect everyday people to this cause. At CURE, our commitment to working hard every day to help find a cure is how we show appreciation for their generosity.”
CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer through research funding and support for affected families. Childhood cancers have unique characteristics, requiring different treatment approaches and yielding varying responses.
More than 17,000 children are diagnosed with cancer annually in the United States, and the incidence rates continue to rise. Despite being the leading cause of disease-related death in children, only six cancer drugs tailored for children have been developed and approved in the past 25 years. CURE is determined to alter this reality and make a difference.
Established in 1973 by brothers Jackie and Jimmy Sommers, Sommers Oil is the leading wholesaler of gas and petroleum products in the Southeast region. As direct distributors for top industry players such as BP, Shell, Marathon, Sunoco, and several other major suppliers, Sommers Oil ensures a seamless and reliable supply chain.
Additionally, the company operates a network of convenience stores and gas stations under a well-known trademarked brand, El Cheapo.
Shell's Force For Good initiative continues to make a positive impact in local communities with the launch of The Giving Pump campaign. This nationwide campaign is aimed at giving back and driving positive change.
By showcasing the efforts of its wholesalers and their contributions beyond fuel quality and loyalty, Shell has successfully raised millions of dollars for various charitable causes.