Sommer Oil Company and Shell Support CURE Childhood Cancer

The charity was selected for the Giving Pump event, where Georgia and South Carolina drivers fill up in support of the nonprofit.

September 16, 2022

SAVANNAH, Ga.—Sommers Oil Company and Shell have chosen CURE Childhood Cancer for this year’s Giving Pump initiative. CURE is the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families, while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology.

The Giving Pump, a three-month promotion through October 31, is part of Shell Oil Company’s nationwide Force for Good campaign that raises awareness and funds for nonprofit organizations by allocating a portion of sales to their cause. Sommers Oil Company was the driving force to bring this promotion to the Lowcountry and South Georgia area and chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the beneficiary.

"It is so important to support our friends and neighbors who are going through a crisis. A cancer diagnosis for a little one seems like one of the biggest crises a family could face, and CURE is the organization that is there to help them with rent, food and even gas. I'm proud we chose CURE Childhood Cancer as the organization to benefit from the Giving Pump, and I trust that our customers will want to support their mission too,” said Cory Sommers, vice president of sales and marketing of Sommers Oil Company,

Last year, with only seven pumps participating, the promotion raised nearly $4,000 in the Savannah area. This year, the program has expanded to more than 40 sites in Georgia and South Carolina.

“We appreciate all the participating Shell stations and everyone who fills up for CURE,” said Mandy Garola, vice president of CURE in South Georgia. “The funds raised will support pediatric oncology patients and their families right here in our community, as well as research that is critical for fighting childhood cancer. We believe a cure can be found in our lifetime, and the awareness and funds raised by The Giving Pump are invaluable to this effort.”

CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in the way they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and incidence rates are increasing every year. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years. CURE is on a mission to change this.

Shell launched The Giving Pump campaign at stations across the U.S. as part of its Force For Good initiative to drive positive change in local communities by giving back. Since launching Force For Good, Shell has highlighted the impact its wholesalers have in the communities in which they operate, going beyond fuel quality and loyalty, to help raise millions of dollars nationwide.

At the 2022 NACS Show in Las Vegas, October 1-4, an education session will feature speakers discussing the causes they have chosen to support, the impacts they’ve made to their communities and how these partnerships have benefited their businesses. Don’t miss “A Force for Good: We’re in Business to Make an Impact” on Monday, October 3 at 1 a.m. Register for the NACS Show to day.