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July 24, 2015

Bangor, ME - Penquis received a grant from the Walmart Foundation that is helping individuals with a cancer diagnosis access their medical treatment. The grant in the amount of $30,000 is helping to fund the Penquis Access to Cancer Care program which provides transportation assistance to cancer treatment for individuals living in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. “For individual living in rural areas the financial burden of traveling to treatment is just one of the barriers to getting the care they need,” stated Marcia Larkin, Lynx Mobility Services Director, Penquis

Access to Cancer Care provides reimbursement per mile to individuals who can drive themselves or to family members or friends who are providing transportation. The program also has trained drivers who will pick the individual up at their home and provide the transportation. “Some individuals are without reliable transportation, or don’t have anyone to take them to their appointments or, in some cases, just don’t feel well enough to drive themselves,” shared Larkin.

“We are very thankful for the funding from the Walmart Foundation. Currently it has allowed us to provide 1,327 trips, totaling 75,334 miles, for 55 individuals who otherwise would have found it very difficult to access their cancer treatment,” stated Larkin.

One customer shared, “Providing transportation is one less thing I have to worry about. It makes it easier for me to just focus on getting better.”

The Walmart Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. “Walmart is proud to support Penquis,” said Chris Buchanan, Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. “We welcome the opportunity to help people in our communities live better, and to support those affected by this difficult illness.”

About Penquis - Incorporated in 1967, Penquis was created as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to bring locally developed solutions to the multifaceted problems faced by the poor. Its mission is to assist individuals and families in preventing, reducing, or eliminating poverty in their lives and, through partnerships, to engage the community in addressing economic and social needs. Penquis primarily serves low- and moderate-income individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox Counties, though several programs extend well beyond these boundaries.

About Philanthropy at Walmart By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.  

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