E15 retailers benefit breast cancer research

By Erin Voegele | October 06, 2016

A variety of fuel retailers are participating in promotions benefiting cancer research during the month of October by donating a portion of each sale of E15 to organizations fighting breast cancer.

Growth Energy has announced it is partnering with Sheetz, Minnoco, Protec and Murphy USDA for its annual Pink Out program to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. For each gallon of E15 sold by these retailers in October, 2 cents will be donated to an organization fighting to eliminate breast cancer.

“We are proud to work with such great partners to bring awareness to breast cancer research and support wonderful organizations working to eradicate this terrible disease,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “Ethanol has replaced toxic, carcinogenic chemicals that were previously blended in gasoline, so ethanol has already helped in the fight against cancer in tangible ways. By partnering with leading retailers such as Sheetz, Minnoco, Protec and Murphy USA, this program ensures we continue to take up the fight on behalf of mothers, daughters and families everywhere.”

According to Growth Energy, more than 720 dispensers are included in the program, spanning locations in North Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas and Florida. Drivers who want to participate in the program are directed to look for the pink nozzle handles and signage. Growth Energy noted drivers can find their nearest E15 station at GetEthanol.com.

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently announced nearly 30 retailers from across the state are participating in the Pink at the Pump campaign to raise funds for breast cancer support services and increase consumer awareness about E15. According to the IRFA, participating E15 retailers will donate 3 cents for every gallon of E15 sold from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

"October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month,' and it's a perfect time for Iowa E15 retailers to join forces with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer and cleaner-burning E15," said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Managing Director Lucy Norton. "Filling-up with E15 means you're fueling your vehicle with a more environmentally-friendly fuel that contains less carcinogens than straight petroleum gasoline. Now, for the entire month of October, it also means you're helping to combat breast cancer while seeing a lot of pink at participating Iowa E15 fueling locations."

"We appreciate the support of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Corn this Breast Cancer Awareness Month," said NBCF Senior Director of Development Danae Johnson. "Their generous donation will support our mission of Helping Women Now ® by providing early detection, education and support services to women in all 50 states."