Fifth Third Bank, former Buckeye Cris Carter are standing up to cancer, and so can you

Every year cancer kills more than 500,000 Americans and almost eight million people worldwide. One in two men and one in three women will get some form of cancer in their lifetimes.

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Unfortunately, former Buckeye, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver and ESPN NFL studio analyst Cris Carter’s best friend is part of these statistics and fighting cancer. Carter is helping to spread the word about the new “Pay to the Order Of” campaign recently launched by Fifth Third Bank to drive donations for cancer research through a collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

As a customer, Carter recently visited the Fifth Third Bank branch at 120 E Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, Fla. to show his support.

Consumers can help spread awareness of the campaign by uploading a photo at 53.com/SU2C or using #PayToTheOrderOf to share who they are fighting for – and their photo may be featured in the photo gallery.

Fifth Third will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer for each eligible use of the hashtag #PayToTheOrderOf on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Vine. Click here for full terms and conditions.

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Can a checking account help fight cancer? The “Pay to the Order of” campaign was launched by Fifth Third Bank and agency of record Leo Burnett answers that question by using account openings to drive donations for cancer research. For each new customer who opens a checking account with direct deposit and makes three online bill payments, Fifth Third will give $150 to the customer and donate $150 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and a 501(c )(3) charitable organization, is a groundbreaking initiative that supports scientific collaboration to accelerate innovative cancer research and bring new therapies to patients quickly. Fifth Third began working with SU2C in 2013 when the Bank launched the Fifth Third SU2C credit and debit cards, which direct donations to SU2C for every qualifying purchase made using those cards. Fifth Third Bank is the only card issuer to offer SU2C payment cards and contributed more than $534,000 to SU2C in 2013.

“We are incredibly grateful to Fifth Third Bank for their continuous support of Stand Up To Cancer,” said Rusty Robertson, SU2C CFA. “Through this collaboration, Fifth Third has raised not only an invaluable amount of awareness for the disease but has helped fund groundbreaking cancer research.”

The campaign spans radio, in-branch, online, out-of-home and social media as well as TV, including two commercials released today: “Replacements” and “Checkbook.” Click here to view the work. “Replacements” tells the story of a seemingly mischievous grade-schooler-turned-champion looking for a cure for his school friend, while “Checkbook” outlines the true story of one woman’s struggle with cancer.

“The curious bank is more than just a tagline, it’s the way this bank behaves,” said Dave Loew, executive vice president and executive creative director of Leo Burnett. “They’re curious about finding ways to solve people’s problems, even if it means going beyond what people expect from a bank. We think the advertising will break through and bring attention to this important collaboration.”

“Fifth Third’s culture as The curious bank leads us to look for unique solutions to help improve lives and the well-being of the communities we serve,” said Steven Alonso, executive vice president and head of Fifth Third’s Consumer Bank. “We view SU2C’s innovative approach to scientific collaboration and accelerating the pace of research as an example of one such unique solution and are pleased to further support this important cause. Through this campaign, Fifth Third hopes to reach consumers– whether they are looking for a new bank or not – with a compelling message and a way to get involved in the fight against cancer.”

Fifth Third is asking everyone who has been impacted by cancer to share their photos and stories by using the hashtag #PayToTheOrderOf via Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Facebook. Some stories will be featured on an interactive gallery at 53.com/SU2C.

For additional information visit www.53.com/SU2C.

About Stand Up To Cancer:

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress. Stand Up To Cancer and the Stand Up To Cancer Brand Marks are trademarks of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

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