PhoneSmart, an off-site sales and reservation center for the self-storage industry, raised more than $1,500 for Kure It Cancer Research in August as part of a month-long donation drive. The company donated 25 cents for each of the 6,315 self-storage reservations it booked last month, making a total of $1,578.75 that went to the cause.
Kure It is a nonprofit dedicated to funding kidney and other cancer research. The organization was launched by Barry Hoeven, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1998. In April 2007, Hoeven partnered with cancer center City of Hope to create the Kure It! Kidney Cancer Research Fund, which raised more than $400,000. Kure It Inc. was established in January 2010. Its goal is to be the leader in granting funds to cancer researchers investigating progressive treatments and cures. To date the organization has raised more than $1 million for the cause.
“PhoneSmart has historically led the way for the self-storage industry’s support of Kure It,” said Hoeven. “They never miss an opportunity to promote our mission to their clients and colleagues, and the donation drive is another example of their commitment to giving back. By raising over $1,500, one quarter at a time, they have demonstrated that every penny counts in the fight against cancer.”
PhoneSmart was founded in 2000 to serve its parent company, StorageMart, and offer off-site sales support and call-center services to other companies in the self-storage and property-management industries. The company answers rental inquiries for more than 100 client companies and 800 individual properties in the United States, Canada and Mexico.