Over 70 Iowa fuel retail stations are encouraging drivers to help prevent breast cancer this October by choosing Unleaded 88 during the fourth annual Pink at the Pump campaign.
Participating gas stations will donate 3 cents of every gallon of Unleaded 88 ethanol blend sold Oct. 1-31 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and The Hormel Institute. The 3-cent donation will be split evenly among both organizations.
“During Breast Cancer Awareness month, we all look for ways to support efforts to end this heart-breaking disease, and what could be a simpler way to help than by being intentional about the fuel pump you reach for?” says Cassidy Walter, communications director for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA).
“Choosing Unleaded 88 any day of the year is an easy way to help because it contains 15% ethanol and reduces the amount of cancer-causing chemicals coming out of your car or truck’s tailpipe,” Walter says. “But this month, your impact is even stronger because part of your purchase goes directly to organizations conducting research and supporting people who are impacted by breast cancer.”
NBCF focuses on providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.
“National Breast Cancer Foundation is grateful for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board’s long history of supporting women impacted by breast cancer across the U.S.,” says NBCF’s senior vice president of charitable giving, Ken Ramirez. “The funds raised over the last four years through their October Pink at the Pump campaigns enable us to expand and grow programs impacting awareness, access and timeliness of breast cancer detection and care.”
Thanks to IRFA, Iowa Corn Growers
The Hormel Institute is a global research facility with a seven-decade history of making scientific discoveries on better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.
“Thanks to the support of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Pink at the Pump, progress in preventing and treating cancer continues,” says Ann M. Bode, interim executive director for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. "These funds support innovative cancer research that would not be possible except for these donations.
“As we all know, research is the best answer to conquering cancer, and everyone who visits the participating Pink at the Pump locations is helping to accelerate answers to this terrible disease so people can live longer, healthier lives. Thank you for your important support helping us work together.”
The Pink at the Pump campaign is a joint effort between IRFA and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.
Help support cleaner-burning fuel
“By choosing cleaner-burning, homegrown Unleaded 88 at the pump during October, you are significantly impacting the battle against breast cancer by raising funds for research and support,” says Kelly Nieuwenhuis, an ICPB director who farms near Primghar in northwest Iowa. “Consumers already know that using Unleaded 88, or E15, is better for the environment, but many may not realize that using Unleaded 88 is better for your health, too!
“Using more ethanol reduces your exposure to harmful, cancer-causing chemicals and toxins. Through Pink at the Pump, Iowa motorists can support cleaner-burning fuels and help combat breast cancer. It’s truly a win-win!”
UNLEADED 88: The 15% ethanol blend is approved for use in all 2001 and newer cars, trucks and SUVs, and has less toxins than straight petroleum gasoline.
For the entire month of October, participating locations will feature pink nozzle guards for Unleaded 88, pink promotional T-shirts for staff and many other pink point-of-sale materials. Unleaded 88, or E15, is approved for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles.