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“Trash Cancer” program advances research in Goshen

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February 6, 2013

GOSHEN, Ind. – In just two years, Borden Waste-Away’s “Trash Cancer” program has raised $ 40,422 for cancer research at the IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care.  Judy Bialka, marketing manager at Borden, was treated for cancer at the Center, and Borden Waste-Away ownership have had family and friends affected by the disease.  Together, they wanted to pay it forward, so the program was created.  

Here’s how it works:  Residential customers have the option of adding a $1 donation to their monthly bill, and Borden matches all donations at the end of each calendar year. This year 927 households participated. “Our customers’ generosity has made this program a huge success in such a short period of time,” says Chris Himes, President of Borden Waste-Away.  “We are grateful for the outpouring of support. It really is making a difference in our own backyard.”

The Trash Cancer program also includes pink trash carts that help raise cancer awareness and the ever-present need for cancer research funding. 

A strong focus on research is a distinctive aspect of the IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care, where oncologists are involved in, and sponsor, a number of clinical trials. The ability to conduct clinical trials which advance cancer treatment is rare for smaller hospitals but is happening at the Center because its physicians are skilled and experienced researchers as well as practitioners with the resources necessary to conduct clinical trials.

“We are extremely lucky to enjoy community partners like Borden Waste-Away who support ourmission to treat and beat cancer,” says Susan Franger, vice president of cancer services for IU Health Goshen. “Without funding, the work wouldn’t get done. The ability of a program like this one to take a few dollars every year from many contributors and multiply it was a great concept, and shows that when we work together, anything is possible.”

Borden Waste-Away is headquartered in Elkhart, and residentially services the counties of Elkhart, St Joseph,  LaGrange, Kosciusko and Cass.

Those interested in signing up for the Trash Cancer program can contact the company at 1-800-386-3313, x570 or go to www.wasteawaygroup.com.

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Waste-Away Group, Ltd., is a residential and commercial waste transporter serving Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. The company has been in operation for more than 70 years. Headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., Waste-Away Group and its affiliated companies, Borden Waste-Away Service, Inc., Himco Waste-Away Service, Inc., Integra Certified Document Destruction LLC, and Recycling Works, Inc., provide modern waste handling solutions while maintaining a leading market share in its core business areas.

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