Subaru and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Spread Warmth to Cancer Patients at Methodist Hospitals - July 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have donated blankets for patient treated for cancer at Methodist Hospitals.  The 2016 Subaru Loves to Care initiative, a charitable arm of the Subaru Love Promise, allowed LLS and Subaru to reach 30,000 patients in more than 250 hospitals through 393 Subaru retailers. This year, LLS and Subaru aim to reach even more patients with small gestures of comfort and care in their time of need.

“We created the Subaru Love Promise because we believe in making the world a better place. It is our vision to show love and respect to all people,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing at Subaru of America. “We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can and are proud to team up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for our Subaru Loves to Care initiative, to help provide care and support to patients and their families while battling cancer.”

Local Northwest Indiana Subaru dealerships Castle Subaru in Portage and International Subaru of

Merrillville delivered the blankets to the Methodist Hospitals Oncology staff for distribution to cancer patients.

A cancer patient’s journey can be physically and emotionally exhausting; a blanket for warmth and comfort is always welcome. “We are grateful to Subaru for allowing us to give the gift of comfort and care to our cancer patients,” said James Concato, Director of Oncology Services at Methodist Hospitals.

Where Love Meets Hope

This June, Subaru and LLS brought the Subaru Loves to Care initiative to life at 475 Subaru retailers across the country. Visitors to Subaru retailers will be given the chance to share personalized messages of hope to patients in their local communities, or write an online message of support at Those who write a message of hope at a Subaru retailer will also receive a bracelet to help spread awareness of LLS and the automaker’s goal to provide hope and care, one gesture at a time.

By the end of June, Subaru retailers delivered nearly 95,000 messages of hope to patients alongside 38,000 blankets to provide comfort and warmth as they continue their fight against cancer, while children battling the disease will receive arts and crafts kits.

According to LLS President and CEO Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro, “As the largest voluntary cancer health agency specifically focused on finding cures and treatments for blood cancer patients, LLS supports hundreds of cancer scientists and research projects around the world. But the fight against blood cancers cannot be won without supporters such as Subaru and their customers. Every voice, every action, every contribution is needed and valued.”

Visit a participating retailer to sign a hope card, or visit to write an online message of support and learn more about LLS’s mission and impact, and how to help Subaru and LLS make someday, today, for blood cancer patients.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

About Methodist Hospitals

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Women & Children’s Services, Bariatric Surgery services, Emergency & Trauma services, Immediate Care Centers, Orthopedics & Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.

Photos Attached:

Castle Subaru in Portage Present Blankets to Methodist Hospitals

Left to right:  Gail Magsaysay, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Methodist  – Kate Korte, Sr. Volunteer Development Manager, The LLS, Illinois Chapter  – James Concato, Director Oncology Institute, Methodist – Mike Guistolisi, General  Manager,  Castle Subaru in Portage  – Cyndi Fredrick, Service Coordinator,  Castle Subaru in Portage, Stacy Knox, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Methodist – Sara Zilz, Oncology Nurse Navigator.

International Subaru in Merrillville Present Blankets to Methodist Hospitals

Left to right:  Kate Korte, , Sr. Volunteer Development Manager, The LLS, Illinois Chapter,  – James Concato, Director Oncology Institute, Methodist – Charles Anderson, Sales Manager, International Subaru in Merrillville, Keisha Higgins, International  Subaru in Merrillville –  Shawna Clemons, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Methodist, Stacy Knox, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Methodist – Sara Zilz, Oncology Nurse Navigator


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