Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $5,000 Grant

Organization Chosen by Local Associate to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant

Orange County, CA (1/28/2016) – The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation has been awarded $5,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life of adolescent and young adult cancer patients, a demographic that until recently has been overlooked with respect to financial support for treatment, cures, and quality of life for these patients,” said Christine Cwiertny, the MCMF’s president. “The MCMF intends to use the Staples Foundation grant to provide a nurse at UCLA’s Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program with specialized training targeted at treating AYA patients. We are grateful that our Director, Mike Morris, nominated us for the grant, because we can now fully fund training for five nurses, UCLA’s current requirement.”

This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2014, Staples awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 1,056 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, job skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

“Staples Foundation is committed to encouraging associates around the globe to make a difference in their local communities and through 2 Million and Change we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Emily McCann, senior manager of community and giving for Staples, Inc.

About The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation

The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation's mission is twofold: to find cures for the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and EBV-associated diseases, and to improve the quality of life for adolescents and young adults (15-29 years of age) with cancer. In addition, the MCMF seeks to raise public awareness of EBV-associated diseases and the need to find cures for these terrible diseases, while providing programs to enhance the quality of life for adolescent and young adult cancer patients.

For more information, visit www.mattcwiertnymemorialfoundation.com

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 7,000 organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

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