PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 15, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR) and its employees are donating $376,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts to aid victims of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. The money was raised through a unique program that combined a $100,000 corporate gift as well as $110,000 in employee donations that qualified for another $166,000 in matching gifts from the company. More than 800 of the company's employees joined the effort.
"When disaster struck in New York, people at Varian Medical Systems' offices around the world, like so many others, wanted to do something," said Richard M. Levy, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems. "We were hearing from our teams in Europe, Asia, and Latin America as well as the U.S. So we put our heads together and came up with a program that would help us to do something together, as a company.
"Our hearts go out to all the people whose lives were forever altered by these terrible crimes against humanity," Levy said. "As people working in a medical device company, we were very moved by the outpouring of support from around the world, and wanted to be a part of it."
Varian Medical Systems' community relations programs are normally directed at non-profit organizations working to educate the public about the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., (NYSE:VAR) of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of integrated cancer therapy systems as well as X-ray tubes and flat-panel sensors for imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 2,600 people and reported sales of $690 million in its most recent fiscal year ended September 29, 2000. For more information, visit www.varian.com.
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