The Lustgarten Foundation Partners with Bunny Eyez™ Eyewear to Raise Funds and Awareness for Pancreatic Cancer
WOODBURY, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2018
WOODBURY, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lustgarten Foundation is proud to partner with Bunny Eyez Eyewear on a customized Bunny Eyez Anna frame in Lustgarten's signature purple in support of the Foundation. Twenty percent of the profit from the sale of each pair of this best-selling frame will be donated to the Foundation. The Lustgarten Foundation is the only pancreatic cancer organization where 100 percent of every donation goes directly to research. The custom Lustgarten Anna frame is available in the four most popular powers -- +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00 and can be purchased on www.bunnyeyez.com.
"Our brother Brian, Stacy and I lost our mom Bunny Koppelman to pancreatic cancer. It feels right that the company created in her name and memory will now contribute to finding a cure for this horrendous disease," said Bunny Eyez co-founder Jenny Hutt. "The Lustgarten Foundation is funding cutting edge research, and driving the latest breakthroughs in the effort to eradicate this disease. We join them in their ongoing commitment to find a cure for pancreatic cancer," said Bunny Eyez co-founder Stacy Fritz.
"We know all too well that pancreatic cancer devastates families," said Kerri Kaplan, President and CEO of the Foundation. "That is why we are working tirelessly to fund the very best research which is why partnerships like this one are so important. The more research we can fund, the faster we will find a cure. We are grateful to Bunny Eyez for their support."
Pancreatic cancer is a swift and silent disease that often remains undetected until it's too late. In 2018, more than 55,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed and over 44,000 will die – 71 percent within the first year. Only eight percent of patients survive five years after diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. By 2020, it will be the second.
Twenty years ago when the Lustgarten Foundation was established, pancreatic cancer was an "orphan" disease, with less than $16.2 million, or less than half of one percent of the total National Cancer Institute's (NCI) budget supporting fewer than 15 researchers nationally. Today, in large part due to the efforts of the Lustgarten Foundation, there are now thousands of researchers working on the disease. Research is moving faster than ever before, but there is still much work to be done.
About the Lustgarten Foundation
The Lustgarten Foundation is America's largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research. Based in Woodbury, NY, the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events. Since its inception, the Lustgarten Foundation has directed $165 million to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100 percent of your donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. For more information, please visit www.lustgarten.org.
About Bunny Eyez™
Bunny Eyez is a privately held company founded by sisters Jenny Hutt and Stacy Fritz, named for their late mother Bunny Koppelman. Their reading glasses look great, but the true magic is in their functionality. Their unique, patent pending design features proprietary black diamond hinge technology, which enables wearers to put their readers on in the traditional way — or flip the temples for an entirely new experience. If you need readers, but find them sometimes too inconvenient to wear, then Bunny Eyez are for you! Bunny Eyez has been featured in prominent print ads and television shows Oprah Magazine, People, Us, Southern Living, In Touch, The Talk, Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Fox 5 New York, NBC 4 New York and Extra. For more information, please visit www.bunnyeyez.com.
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