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Roundup Change to Inspire Hope at Duck Donuts® September 1-30

Annual Quack Gives Back Fundraiser Will Benefit Over 50 Children’s Hospitals this Year

MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 31, 2022) – Beginning Sept. 1, select Duck Donuts locations are kicking off the company’s sixth annual Quack Gives Back Campaign supporting Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, a Nashville-based nonprofit whose mission is to help alleviate fear and anxiety in children undergoing cancer treatment. Throughout the month, Duck Donuts’ invites guests to help provide huggable hope to families who are fighting childhood cancer by simply rounding up their change to the nearest dollar when they order in shop or donating one dollar or more when ordering online.

The Chemo Duck Program is a unique educational program that includes a 12-inch, soft “Chemo Duck” used for medical play therapy; a bilingual companion overview book; an activity book; and an educational DVD that includes a cartoon about the program.

"Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is an outstanding and important resource for the brave, young children battling cancer,” said Betsy Hamm, CEO of Duck Donuts. “We are proud to continue supporting this wonderful organization for a sixth year and help provide huggable hope to the communities we serve.”

The campaign takes place each September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and one hundred percent of donations will directly go support children’s hospitals in communities the franchise locations serve.* Over the past six years, the company’s generous guests have helped raise $260,000 to date.

“Our annual partnership with Duck Donuts allows us to further provide comfort to families dealing with childhood cancer through the Chemo Duck Program,” said Lu Sipos, founder and CEO of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. “Gabe and I are so grateful for the support we get from Duck Donuts, its franchise partners and their compassionate customers each year.”


Duck Donuts opened its first locations in 2007 in the beach resort towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with the intention to create an oasis for vacationers to enjoy warm, delicious, made-to-order donuts. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the company began franchising in 2013, and prides itself on sprinkling happiness to its guests through its unique in-store experience, exceptional guest service and a duckzillion donut combinations. As one of the fastest-growing donut franchise companies, Duck Donuts has more than 100 locally owned and operated shops across 23 states, Puerto Rico and two international locations in Burlington, Ontario and Riyadh, KSA. For more information, visit


Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is a Nashville-based nonprofit organization established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools. The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown.

Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience.

*Hospitals Supported

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Children's Health of Orange County

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Wolfson Children's Hospital

Golisano Children's Hospital of SW Florida

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah

Saint Luke's Cancer Institute - Boise

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Norton Children's Hospital

John Hopkins University/Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Pediactic Oncology Branch National Cancer Institute

Skandalaris Family Center for Children with Cancer & Blood Disorders

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson University

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Hackensack University Medical Center

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Stony Brook University Medical Center

Albany Medical Center

NYU Winthrop Hospital

Brenner Children's Hospital

Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital

Duke University Medical Center

James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital

Mission Hospital-Memorial Campus

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Dayton Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Lehigh Valley Hospital

Nemours DuPont

Penn State Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

San Jorge Children's Hospital

University Pediatric Hospital

Bi-Lo Children’s Cancer Center at Greenville Memorial Hospital

Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System

Medical University of South Carolina

Palmetto Health

Carolinas Medical Center

TC Thompson in Chattanooga

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

Dells Children's Medical Center

Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas

Riverton Hospital

Carilion Clinic

Children's Hospital-King's Daughters

University of Virginia Children's Hospital