Shop at Walgreens in September and Support Nashville CARES

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning September 15, 2013 and running until Saturday, October 5, 2013, Nashville CARES will benefit from customer contributions at 32 Walgreens locations in Nashville. All proceeds will benefit the 22nd Annual Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, October 5 at Riverfront Park.


All month long, Walgreens cashiers will ask customers if they want to purchase a scannable icon in the amount of $1, $5 or $10 and participants then write their name on the Nashville CARES red ribbon that will be hung on the wall for all to see; a small amount to add on to your purchase that adds up to a lot for Nashville CARES! The more scannables hung on the wall, the more customers notice and want to join the effort.


About 5,300 Middle Tennesseans are known to be living with HIV/AIDS. Since many infected individuals have not been diagnosed, experts believe the actual number could be as high as 6,350 individuals.


“Access to testing, education and care are critical when it comes to the treatment and prevention of this complex condition,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior manager of virology at Walgreens.


Nashville CARES offers free and confidential HIV testing as well as support services to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. These services include alcohol and drug treatment programs, counseling, dental assistance, emergency lodging, financial aid, individual and group education, insurance assistance, food pantry and nutrition education, support groups, transportation and education.


For additional information, or to register for the Walk/5K Run visit or call 615-259-4866.


About Walgreens:

As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services help improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,117 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.


About Nashville CARES:

Nashville CARES is Tennessee’s largest HIV/AIDS organization. Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to over 45,000 youth and adults, 16,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and support services to 2,500 men, women and children living with the disease. To learn more, visit us on the web at at and “Like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook/NashCARES.