SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22 Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH),a leading regional home improvement retailer, today announced a partnershipwith Canary Foundation, the world's first non-profit organization dedicatedsolely to the funding, discovery and development of tests for early cancerdetection. Additionally, Rob Lynch, President & CEO of OSH has been appointedto Canary Foundation's Board of Directors.
OSH has named the Canary Foundation as its charity of choice and with thesupport of their vendor partners is providing major financial support to helpcreate the Canary Institute. The Canary Institute is a "Center of Excellence"for cancer early detection located at Stanford University. OSH will also behosting its 9th annual charity to benefit Canary Foundation in July 2008. Asa new member of the Canary Foundation's board of directors, Rob Lynch willhelp further promote the organization's mission and work to ensure theeffective running of its research programs.
Mr. Lynch joined OSH in early 2004 and has built a proven track record ofdriving significant organizational and operational change at many of thelargest retailers in the U.S. He also currently serves as a member of theSilicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
"We are privileged to have Rob Lynch join Canary Foundation's board andgrateful to be chosen as OSH's charity of choice," said Don Listwin, founderand CEO of Canary Foundation. "OSH has a strong presence in the communitiesthey serve throughout California and through our partnership we believe we canbring greater visibility to the importance of early detection."
"Cancer has touched so many families including my own," said Rob Lynch,CEO of OSH. "We are honored to be involved with a locally-based organizationlike the Canary Foundation that is making a big impact in cancer research.The Bay Area community has supported OSH throughout its 77 years in businessand we're delighted to give back to our hometown community in a big andmeaningful way that will not only be of impact here, but around the world."
Cancer strikes about one in three women and one in two men in the U.S.The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008 there will be over 1.4million new cancer cases. Survival rates improve dramatically through earlydetection and treatment, where Canary Foundation's work is focused.Currently, less than 15 percent of research funding goes into early detection,though early intervention is far more effective than late stage treatment.100 percent of donations to the Canary Foundation go to early detectionresearch activities.
About Canary Foundation
Named after the "early detection" role canaries once played by alertingcoal miners of hazardous fumes, Canary Foundation is the nation's onlynonprofit organization devoted exclusively to the early detection of cancer.While almost $10 billion is spent annually on cancer research in the UnitedStates, the vast majority is allocated to developing new cancer treatments andcaring for patients. Surprisingly, little funding is available to researchersinvestigating new ways to prevent cancer, or to detect it at its earliest,curable stages. Canary Foundation provides funding to researchers who areengaged in developing cancer early detection technologies and protocols.Specifically, Canary Foundation is supporting researchers working toward astandardized family of biomarker signatures for the effective and accurateearly detection of all forms of cancer. All administrative and overhead costsare underwritten by the Listwin Family Foundation, allowing 100 percent ofcontributions to go to early detection research activities. For moreinformation about the Canary Foundation and its programs, please visitwww.canaryfoundation.org.
About Orchard Supply Hardware
Orchard Supply Hardware, which is headquartered in San Jose, California,is a leading chain