Duane Reade to Offer Free Mammograms in Underserved Communities in Recognition of Black History Month

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 General News
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NEW YORK, Feb. 20 Duane Reade, the leading drug storechain in metropolitan New York, in conjunction with Namaste Laboratories, "Themakers of Organic Root Stimulator(R)" and the Greater New York City Affiliateof Susan G. Komen for the Cure, today announced they have partnered withOutreach For Breast Health Foundation (OBHF) to provide free mammographyservices at the Duane Reade store located at 125th Street in East Harlem, NewYork, in recognition of Black History Month.

Today, beginning at 8:30am, OBHF will have a mobile mammography van on-site to administer free mammogram screenings to any woman over forty-years ofage who has not been tested within the last year. The services are free forall women who meet these criteria, especially the uninsured. Appointments arenecessary and can be made by calling 1-800-564-6868.

Duane Reade and Namaste will also be in attendance to present a check tothe Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in support of the Komen CommunityChallenge "Close The Gap!" initiative which aims to provide all women withaccess to the quality care that can prevent breast cancer and save lives.Komen Greater NYC recently released a report, "Through the Wrong Door,"describing the gaps in public health policies that make breast cancer deadlierfor low-income, uninsured and minority women.

Although there have been major changes in the awareness and treatment ofbreast cancer in the last 25 years, many women still do not take the necessaryprecautions because of their financial constrictions. This partnership enableswomen of all socioeconomic groups to receive the care they need and deserve.

"As part of Duane Reade's commitment to serve the health and wellnessneeds of New Yorkers, we are pleased to partner with Namaste Laboratories andthe Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in the effort to help all womenreceive the treatment that is necessary to prevent and treat breast cancer,"said Interim CEO and SVP of Marketing, David D'Arezzo. "We are proud to be apart of the 'Close the Gap' initiative and that we are able to serve NewYorkers in underserved communities."

"We are thankful to have the support of Duane Reade and NamasteLaboratories in our efforts to close the gap in preventive breast healthmeasures throughout the New York metropolitan area," said Michelle Marquez,Interim Executive Director & Director of Development for Komen Greater NYC."Through our joint efforts, we hope to help educate women while providing themwith preventive care, and eventually lower the rate of breast cancer withinthese communities."

OBHF's mobile mammography van will also be on-site at additional DuaneReade locations during the remainder of Black History Month and into the firstweek of March to better serve the broad New York community. The van will beopen to the public during operating hours at the following stores:

About Duane Reade

Founded in 1960, Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in themetropolitan New York City area, offering a wide variety of prescription andover-the-counter drugs, health and beauty care items, cosmetics, greetingcards, photo supplies and photofinishing. As of September 29, 2007, theCompany operated 241 stores.

About the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The Greater New York City Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure wasfounded in 1990 and has raised over $40 million to date. The organization isunique, disbursing up to 75 percent of its net income to local programs in thefive boroughs of New York City, on Long Island and in Westchester and RocklandCounties. For more information, please contact Vern Calhoun, Director ofCommunications at 212-461-6188 or vcalhoun@komennyc.org, or visit the KomenGreater NYC website, www.komennyc.org.

About Namaste Laboratories

Namaste Laboratories, "The makers of Organic Root Stimulato

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