MEDFORD, Ore. — Last year The Human Bean coffee company says it raised more than $220,000 for breast cancer care and research during their Coffee for a Cure event. This year they hope to accomplish similar feat.
On Friday, October 19, Human Bean says that all proceeds from all of their 79 locations in 10 states will be donated to local breast cancer agencies — funding mammograms, follow-up care and ongoing patient support.
"This has become a hugely successful and effective event for us and we are so happy that we are able to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," the company said in a statement.
Human Bean says that between the Providence Foundation and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center it has funded more than 1600 mammograms — roughly 145 per year. To date, the Coffee for a Cure event has raised $1,283,557.
After getting the idea to set up a donation day after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the company says that they learned that Oregon and Washington had some of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country at the time.
"Everyone we knew had someone in their lives that had been affected by breast cancer. So we thought it was a cause that really could help people in our communities," Human Bean said.
Now the Coffee for a Cure event is on its thirteenth year running.
"Truly it is the core of what The Human Bean is about, giving back and supporting our own communities," the company said. "Please visit any Human Bean location on this day and make a purchase and all proceeds will be donated to a local breast cancer care center in that community."