Austin Quiznos Leads Franchises in Cancer Research Fundraising Nationwide

Posted at: 11/27/2013 10:55 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2013 10:57 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- Outside of the Quiznos in Austin, a sandwich board proudly announces that the store is officially tops in the nation.

“We beat New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Denver, huge markets," said owner Marlene Blaser.

Out of thousands of locations worldwide, Blaser and her crew were the company’s top fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising over $1,100 over the past few weeks.

“I just wanted to improve every week and move up and up, and we did,” Blaser said. “And we ended up the last three weeks in first place."

A cancer survivor herself, Blaser’s husband and daughter have also undergone cancer treatment, making the community's generosity all the more special.

“We did a great job here,” Blaser said. “All my customers would give a dollar almost every time they came in."

But they aren't the only ones with cancer research in mind.

On Wednesday, a singing group called Spiritually Motivated released a special cd with all profits going to The Hormel Institute.

The entire album, entitled A Journey Together, was recorded, produced, and packaged in Austin, and the group said it was their way of giving back.

“This is a way for them, for everyone to donate you might say, and to enjoy that all year round,” said Jim King who produced the album.

But for both the singers and Quiznos, they say they hope the giving continues as well.

“I had a lot of people that their friend had leukemia, and so everyone is really willing to donate for cancer research,” Braser said. “They want to get the cure."

Altogether Quiznos franchises raised $94,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

And if you would like to buy a copy of Spiritually Motivated’s album, they are available at the following locations: Berg's Nursery, Sterling Main Street, Caribou Coffee, Coffee House on Main, Jim’s Market Place Foods, Philomathian, St. Augustine Church, and The Hardy Geranium.