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Help for the Fight and Hope for the Future: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Battle Against Cancer


This Sunday, June 2nd, 2013, the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation will join millions of people across the country and around the world in honoring those among us – our family members, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, business associates and others – who are fighting, or have fought and won, the battle of their lives, the battle against cancer.

In observing National Cancer Survivors Day, held on the first Sunday in June each year, we all have the opportunity to, as the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation states, partake in a “a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families and an OUTREACH to the community.” By uniting together as a people in such a symbolic event, we show the world that, “life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and even inspiring.”

At the PAN Foundation, we have seen over the last decade how innovations in science and medicine have led to the development of new cutting-edge therapeutics. In many cases and for many cancer conditions, these state-of-the-art therapies have proven to be game changers, turning what may before have been a death sentence into a treatable, winnable battle for millions of patients.

Unfortunately, this innovation comes at a price, and many patients struggle to obtain the care they need because they are not adequately insured. Oftentimes, these underinsured patients are unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their medical treatment and care, forcing these patients to fight their battle on two fronts – physically fighting their cancer, and financially fighting to be able to obtain their specialty therapeutics.

Over the years, the PAN Foundation has had the pleasure of being able to meet and serve some of these patients, providing them with the financial assistance they need to obtain the treatments they need to fight, and win, their battles against cancer.

Click here to see some of their stories.

This Sunday, we hope that you will join the PAN Foundation in honoring patients like Susie, Chris, Ms. McClellan and millions of others nationwide in celebrating, commemorating, remembering and inspiring all those touched by this terrible disease. Because if there is anything we have learned from providing thousands of cancer patients each year with help for the fight and hope for the future, it’s that, together, we are stronger than cancer, and we can beat it.

Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is a national 501(c) 3 that offers help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses who otherwise cannot afford breakthrough medical treatments.

For more information on the PAN Foundation, please visit www.PANfoundation.org.