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DENVER, Colo. – PostNet, the nation’s first Neighborhood Business Center, announced today the launch of a nationwide effort from now through September 15, 2012, to raise funds for The ALS Association, the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front, including research, care services, public education and public policy.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a devastating disease. Its victims lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, and eventually to breathe. Individuals with the disease typically live two to five years following diagnosis, and ALS can affect anyone at any time. Currently, there are no long-term treatments—or a cure—for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
PostNet’s philanthropic efforts to support The ALS Association are in honor of one of its franchise owners, Dennis Richard Coogle of Mooresville, N.C., who lost a five-year battle with ALS on July 25, 2011.
“Throughout his illness, Dennis remained an important mentor for many of the owners throughout the PostNet franchise system,” said Steve Greenbaum, co-founder and CEO of PostNet. “He is missed by the PostNet family and we are eager to work with The ALS Association to move toward
s finding a cure for the disease that claimed his life.”
From now through September 15, 2012, nearly 300 PostNet franchise locations across the country will raise funds for The ALS Association primarily through a point of sale “pin-up” campaign. In this campaign, individuals can donate $1 and write their name on a paper pin-up to show their support of the fight against ALS. Other franchises will raise funds through participating in Walk to Defeat ALSevents in communities nationwide. Online donations in Coogle’s memory can be made at www.alsa.org/postnet.
Coogle and his wife, Sherry, opened their PostNet franchise in Cornelius, N.C. in 2000. Sherry continues to run the day-to-day operations of the small business services franchise.
“Dennis ate, slept and breathed PostNet; he consistently gave his time for fellow franchise owners, and our family certainly received a tremendous amount of support from the PostNet system throughout Dennis’ battle,” said Sherry. “I’ve been overwhelmed and truly blessed by the support I’ve received from our community, and I’m humbled by the fact that the entire PostNet family is honoring Dennis’ legacy by partnering with The ALS Association to raise funds in his memory.”
“On behalf of The ALS Association, I thank PostNet and its franchises nationwide for their commitment to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease and for raising awareness about this devastating disease,” said Jane H. Gilbert, President and CEO of the ALS Association.
To find a PostNet location: http://www.postnet.com/locations/.
Founded in 1993, Denver-based PostNet has more than 700 locations worldwide, including several hundred locations in South Africa. Each locally owned and operated PostNet Neighborhood Business Center specializes in meeting the design, printing, copying and shipping needs of businesses and busy consumers, with a focus on exceptional, personal customer service. PostNet centers offer full-service digital printing; full- and self-service copying; document binding and finishing; and services like graphic design, computer rental stations, private mailbox rentals and more. They also offer expert packaging services and shipping with UPS, FedEx, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service. To learn more, visitwww.postnet.com.
About the ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.
PostNet: Monica Rutkowski, Fishman Public Relations, (847) 945-1300, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ALS Association, Stephanie Dufner, Communications Specialist, (202) 407-8592, email@example.com