TRACTOR SUPPLY MAKES WISH COME TRUE FOR FRANKLIN GIRL
9-Year-Old Girl Battling Neuroblastoma Granted Shopping Spree to Benefit Animal Rescue Organization
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 20, 2022 – Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, and its foundation today granted the wish of a courageous 9-year-old girl who selflessly wants to help abandoned and neglected dogs.
In 2017, Caroline Lantz was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that develops in nerve tissue, that had spread throughout her body. The resident of Franklin, Tennessee, completed a two-year clinical trial in April 2021 and relapsed in April 2022. While she continues to battle this aggressive, solid-tumor cancer, Caroline is not thinking of herself. Instead, her heartwarming dream is to support and care for animals in need.
Today, Tractor Supply granted her wish. Caroline was surprised with a shopping spree at the South Franklin Tractor Supply store; the supplies she selected were donated to Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, a Franklin-based nonprofit that is committed to rescuing and providing a safe haven for sick, neglected, injured and homeless animals.
“I don’t understand why any dog is ‘unadoptable,’ because every dog has a heart,” said Caroline. “This shopping spree was so much fun because people heard my wish for these dogs and made it come true.”
“Caroline could have wished for a trip anywhere in the world, or a shopping spree for herself, but instead she is focused on helping local animals in need,” said Marti Skold-Jordan, Tractor Supply Foundation manager. “From her infectious smile to her positive spirit, she is a true inspiration to all of us, especially during this holiday season.”
Caroline and her brother, Andrew, selected dog food, dog toys, treats and other accessories for Heaven Can Wait. Tractor Supply also surprised Caroline and Andrew with an assortment of toys and apparel befitting of the “Out Here” lifestyle.
Today’s surprise was the brainchild of Tracy Kujawa, executive director of Angel Heart Farms. Caroline rides horses at Angel Heart where she and Kujawa have become close friends. When Kujawa learned of what Caroline wanted to do, she brought together the teams at the South Franklin Tractor Supply and Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.
“Caroline is amazing. She is my girl,” said Kujawa. “As soon as I heard what she wanted to do I decided I was going to make it happen. Nothing was going to stop me. She is such a sweet and brave girl.”
To further support these organizations in their important work, Tractor Supply and its foundation surprised both Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue & Sanctuary and Angel Heart Farms with donations.
About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, has been passionate about serving its unique niche, targeting the needs of recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle, for more than 80 years. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service for the Out Here lifestyle. With 50,000 Team Members, the Company’s physical store assets, combined with its digital capabilities, offer customers the convenience of purchasing products they need anytime, anywhere and any way they choose at the everyday low prices they deserve. At September 24, 2022, the Company operated 2,027 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states, a consumer mobile app and an e-commerce website at TractorSupply.com. In October 2022, Tractor Supply acquired 81 stores from Orscheln Farm and Home that will be rebranded to Tractor Supply by the end of 2023.
Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense by Tractor Supply, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At September 24, 2022, the Company operated 180 Petsense by Tractor Supply stores in 23 states. For more information on Petsense by Tractor Supply, visit Petsense.com.
About The Tractor Supply Company Foundation
The Tractor Supply Company Foundation was established in 2020 and is committed to supporting vibrant rural communities for all by investing in the future of the Out Here Lifestyle through today’s youth, helping close the rural digital divide and being a good neighbor in the communities Tractor Supply calls home. The Foundation expands upon the charitable work of Tractor Supply Company, supporting causes that are important to customers and Team Members. In 2021, the Company donated over $14 million to charitable causes through direct giving, sponsorships, fundraisers and more. To learn more about The Tractor Supply Company Foundation, visit Corporate.TractorSupply.com/Community.