CVS/Pharmacy Charitable Trust to Present $25,000 Grant to Kennedy Krieger

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March 17, 2006
Funds Cover Cost of New Equipment to Aid Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Research

(Baltimore, MD) - CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust, the private foundation managed by CVS Corporation, will present the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute with $25,000 on Tuesday, March 21st in a check presentation and informational session to showcase the use of new equipment purchased with the funds.

The Center's advanced restorative therapies, intended to foster neurological recovery of function in patients with paralysis, combine patterned physical movements, such as cycling, with electrical stimulation to generate muscle response. Recently, as some patients ride a bike specially designed to allow movement of their paralyzed legs, muscles in their upper arms begin to fire spontaneously in a patterned way - a sign that may indicate some level of recovery. Now, with the financial support of CVS/pharmacy, a new electromyogram (EMG) will allow researchers and therapists to secure accurate measurements of this exciting development.

The therapy approach, developed by Dr. John McDonald, the neurologist who treated the late Christopher Reeve, will be demonstrated following the check presentation in an open session illustrating use of the new EMG:

Who: Dr. John McDonald, Director, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Representative patient
When: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Where: Kennedy Krieger Institute - Fairmount Campus
1750 East Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD

This CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust grant is part of its more than $1 million in grants to more than 30 non-profit organizations in 15 states focused on initiatives and programs to improve the lives of children with disabilities and promote awareness and inclusion of children with disabilities.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:
Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 12,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit

About the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust
The CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation managed by CVS Corporation, which operates more than 5,400 CVS/pharmacy stores in 37 states and Washington, DC. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in communities where CVS/pharmacy stores are located. General information about CVS is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at, or through the Web site's press room at

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