TDS donates $3,000 to Lung Cancer Research Foundation

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation is among the top vote-getters by TDS employees in the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE:TDS) has launched the 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. In conjunction with its subsidiaries—TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions, Suttle-Straus and U.S. Cellular—the company is giving $50,000 to charities across the country in 2019, based solely on employee recommendations and votes.

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is the most recent recipient. The LCRF’s mission is to improve outcomes of lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer death worldwide—by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of lung cancer. The LCRF has funded 364 research grants, totaling nearly $33 million, the most by any dedicated lung cancer nonprofit organization. In addition to research efforts, the foundation also has a strong community presence, leads lung cancer awareness and educational programs, and hosts events nationwide.

The organization was nominated by TDS Telecom Data Analyst Mya Starling, who has experienced the tragedies associated with the disease.

“I nominated the LCRF because they’ve done such an amazing job funding research, providing resources for patients and loved ones, increasing awareness, and putting a face on this terrible disease that has impacted my family members, good friends, and countless other families around the globe,” Starling said. “Ever since learning about the kind of work the organization does through the Free to Breathe Yogathon which my yoga studio sponsors, I’ve been supporting them.”


The LCRF is one of many charitable organizations receiving support from the TDS 50 for 50 Golden Year of Giving initiative. Through the end of the month, employees have the opportunity to vote for charities nominated by their co-workers. The two organizations that garner the most votes will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. In December, employees will vote again and two of the 22 winning organizations will receive an additional $4,000 or $2,000.

The founder of Telephone and Data Systems, Roy Carlson, once said, “I firmly believe that a local community is best served by local people who are aware of local needs.”

For TDS, being good citizens has always been a part of the company’s mission. The company views this anniversary celebration as a natural way to celebrate and give back. For more information about community involvement at TDS, visit tdstelecom.com.

Media Contact: Garrett Seymour | Intern – Communications | TDS | 608-664-5529 | Garrett.Seymour@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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