Providing real value is at the heart of everything we do at TJX, and that includes supporting organizations that deliver services to families and children when they are facing life-threatening illnesses.
In the U.S., we have been supporters of the Alzheimer's Association since 2010. Alzheimer's disease and dementia affect not only those who suffer from the disease, but their families and caregivers as well, impacting over 46 million people worldwide.1 We're proud to have been a National Team Member of the Walk to End Alzheimer's in the U.S. Associates from across the business, as well as their relatives and friends have participated in walks around the country, collectively raising significant funds to support this meaningful cause.
Our Associates are actively engaged in supporting other causes as well. In some cases, activities that may have started as smaller, localized efforts have now grown into more substantial campaigns that occur across the country. For example, our U.S. Loss Prevention group leads Associate participation in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks each fall. In 2016, this group rallied together 120 teams in 29 states, with approximately 2,000 Associates, family members and friends. Cumulatively, the teams have raised well over $1 million in funding for breast cancer research and support over the past six years!
In Canada, our Associates volunteered in 2016 to help remodel and decorate a playroom at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. We also participated in the "Mud Run" to fundraise for Camp Oochigeas, a camp where children with debilitating illnesses are provided an opportunity to explore enriching, challenging, and fun experiences.
TJX Europe has raised millions for Cancer Research U.K., which is dedicated to research, prevention and treatment of cancers. Our support includes the "Give Up Clothes for Good" campaign, the U.K.'s biggest clothing donation program. Through our efforts, we are proud to say that T.K. Maxx is now the largest corporate funder of children's cancer research in the U.K. Read more about the U.K.'s biggest clothing collection campaign.
In addition to the above, TJX has strong relationships with many charitable organizations across our geographies dedicated to funding research and providing care for those facing life-threatening illnesses and their families. Associates at our retail chains are passionate about these causes and our amazing customers give generously. In the U.S., Marshalls has supported JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and HomeGoods has supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for many years. Recently, Sierra Trading Post has supported Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.In Canada, Winners and HomeSense have supported the Sunshine Foundation and Marshalls has supported the Kids Help Phone.In Europe, T.K. Maxx has supported Enable Ireland. In Australia, T.K. Maxx (formerly Trade Secret) has supported the Starlight Children's Foundation. We invite you to visit the Cause Marketing and Fundraising section of our website to learn more about our global retail chains' initiatives.
1 According to the World Azheimer Report 2015.