January 14, 2016 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Wienerschnitzel, home of America’s favorite Chili Dog, is proud to announce that it has donated $2,000 to the McGrath family in support of their efforts to raise awareness for Be The Match, the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world. The oversized check was presented to Rhowan, 9, and Bergen McGrath, 7, daughters of legendary motocross champion Jeremy McGrath. The girls began selling homemade lemonade at off-road racing events to help raise money for the bone marrow organization after their mother, Kim, was diagnosed with leukemia and in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Throughout this year’s race season, Wienerschnitzel supplied the McGrath Lemonade Stand with hot dogs for sale at the events, and originally pledged to match funds raised up to $1,500, but later increased the donation amount to $2,000. As a result of their 2015 efforts, the McGrath family raised nearly $4,000, more than doubling their 2014 contribution to Be The Match.
“Wienerschnitzel’s support has meant the world to my family and it will significantly further our mission to raise awareness of bone marrow registration,” said Kim McGrath, whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant in 2012. “Wienerschnitzel’s generous donation will fund hundreds of new bone marrow registrants and will quite possibly save lives, just like mine.”
Since the family began this philanthropic journey, they have hosted 40 marrow drives that have resulted in over 4,000 new Be the Match members and 17 lifesaving matches. The simple donor registration process consists of filling out a few forms and completing a quick cheek swab that can lead to saving lives.
“We’re inspired by how hard Rhowan and Bergen work to raise money for such an impactful cause, and we are proud to support them,” said Rico Ferrante, Wienerschnitzel’s Visionary Director. “These girls are a fantastic reminder of how important it is to support positive change and fight for what you believe in. And, at their young age, we can all learn something from them.”
To find your nearest bone marrow drive, visit Be the Match.
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from people like us so that it can further its mission: Recruiting and supporting potential donors: To connect patients with donors, Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse donor registry — nearly 8 million marrow donors and nearly 100,000 cord blood units. Donors can turn to their Donor Advocacy Program for support throughout the donation process. Supporting patients: To help patients access treatment, Be The Match offers financial support and educational resources. Educating doctors: Referring physicians can turn to, Be The Match for information about transplant advances, caring for transplant patients and the importance of timely referral for transplant. Advancing science: Be The Match's research programs have advanced the science of bone marrow and cord blood transplant, from better matching the right donor to the right patient for improving post-transplant treatment. For more information, visit www.bethematch.org.
Founded by John Galardi in 1961 with a single hot dog stand in Wilmington, California, Wienerschnitzel (www.wienerschnitzel.com) is a bona fide pioneer of the limited-service food industry. Today, Wienerschnitzel is the world’s largest hot dog chain and home of America’s favorite Chili Dog. Based in Irvine, California, the parent company, Galardi Group, franchises restaurants throughout the U.S., including Wienerschnitzel, Hamburger Stand, and Tastee Freez. An iconic American brand with a devoted following for over 50 years, Wienerschnitzel is poised for exponential growth, both domestically and internationally. With a refreshed marketing focus, Wienerschnitzel has received tremendous media attention and accolades including Franchise Times’ “20 to Watch” and voted Best Fast Food in Southern California by the readers of Los Angeles Daily News for five years and running. Additionally, the company recently introduced a unique next generation store design featuring a smaller footprint and a lower cost of entry; while the simple menu allows for easy execution and lower food costs. As a family owned and operated company, Wienerschnitzel is in a unique position to always put its franchise partners first and is actively recruiting passionate franchise candidates to grow with the brand during this very exciting time. For more information on owning a Wienerschnitzel, visit franchising.wienerschnitzel.com or contact Ted Milburn - Director, Franchise Development at email@example.com.