A local representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society recently accepted a $4,960 donation from Matthews Tire. The money was raised during the Matthews Tire semi-annual Oil Change for the Better event held September 25-30, 2017 at all six locations. Matthews Tire tallied all regular priced oil changes performed throughout the week and pledged to donate $10 from each oil change to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk in Appleton.
“We really appreciate the commitment that Matthews Tire has made to provide us with this donation,” said Light the Night Campaign Manager Megan Kreuter. “This will go a long way in so many areas. It will help support our local patients and their caregivers, as well as help us with advocacy and to raise the voices in the fight against blood cancer.”
Part of a nationwide effort, Appleton’s Light The Night took place Friday, Oct. 6 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Casaloma Drive. “Oil Change for the Better is a great opportunity for our entire staff to give back,” shared Matthews Tire Controller Debbie Duesing. “Everyone feels good knowing that they are working to give a meaningful donation and spread the word about a really special event.”
Oil Change for the Better is a semi-annual, weeklong charity event held by Matthews Tire. This September’s Oil Change for the Better was Matthews 11th fundraising event in six years. Matthews Tire has raised over $30,000 for various local non-profits including Fox Valley Humane Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Salvation Army, Disabled American Veterans Transportation Program, Catalpa Health’s Race for a Reason, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Golden House, Old Glory Honor Flight, Saving Paws Animal Rescue, Walleyes for Kids and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk.
Light The Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening
fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. In 2016, the LLS’s Light The Night walk raised over $68.5 million nationally for research and patient services. Participants walk along a two-mile route, carrying illuminated lanterns—white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold for in memoriam.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS is the light that shines to eradicate not only leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, but scores of other cancers as well. Because blood is easier to reach, test and study than solid tumors, research advances more rapidly. Of the 67 FDA-approved drugs to treat cancer, just about half were originally intended to treat blood cancers and many were advanced by LLS. LLS provides patient support to deliver emotional, financial, and informational resources to patients and their families. Last year in Wisconsin, LLS distributed more than 1.4 million dollars to patients as part of our Co-Pay Assistance program and is currently supporting two research projects at the University of Wisconsin.
Matthews Tire is a locally owned tire and automotive service provider with locations in Fond du Lac, Menasha, Appleton—both East and West, Green Bay and Waupaca. The last Oil Change for the Better event was held earlier this year in May and raised $2,500 for Walleyes for Kids. For more information, visit matthewstire.com.