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  Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, is proud to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through its 10th annual pin-up campaign and 14th year of the partnership. Dunkin’ Donuts has been working closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help improve the quality of life for those with Cystic Fibrosis and to support research to ultimately find a cure for the disease. Beginning Friday, April 4 and continuing through Sunday, April 13 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout New Hampshire, monetary donations will be collected to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Each guest who donates $1 or more will be invited to write their name on a Cystic Fibrosis sneaker pin-up icon and display it in the restaurant. All icons will be displayed in participating restaurants throughout April. Sneakers are the symbol used by the foundation to signify Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in May and the annual Great Strides Walks that occur throughout the country.

            Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in New Hampshire are dedicated to increasing awareness for Cystic Fibrosis research and have raised thousands of dollars for theCystic Fibrosis Foundation through multiple fundraising initiatives, including the annual Sneaker Campaign. Since the Sneaker Campaign began in New Hampshire, more than $200,000 has been raised to benefit the foundation.

“New Hampshire Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees are proud to support the CysticFibrosis Foundation for the 14th year and help in their search for a cure,” said Durval Salema, New Hampshire franchisee. “Cystic Fibrosis touches the lives of thousands of people across the country, including Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, crewmembers and our guests. I know personally how important the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and programs like the Sneaker Campaign are to families affected by the disease as my son lives with Cystic Fibrosis.”

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. When mucus clogs the lungs, it can make breathing very difficult. The thick mucus also causes bacteria to get stuck in the airways, which causes inflammation and infections that lead to lung damage. Most people are diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth through newborn screening, or before the age of 2. Approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States have CysticFibrosis. An additional ten million more—or about one in every 31 Americans—are carriers of the defective Cystic Fibrosis gene, but do not have the disease. Currently, there is no cure, however, specialized medical care, aggressive drug  treatments and  therapies, along with proper cystic fibrosis  nutrition, can lengthen and improve quality of life. For more information about the disease and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit:  http://www.cff.org/


About Dunkin' Donuts  

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit  www.DunkinDonuts.com


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