PAN Celebrates Nine Years of Offering More than Help and Hope
The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation has come a long way since it was created in May 2004. But one thing that has never changed is our commitment and dedication to our mission – to offer help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments. Since the organization’s founding, PAN has tirelessly endeavored to provide financial assistance to critical or chronic disease patients who could not meet the cost-sharing obligation for their prescribed medical treatment or therapy.
As we enter our 10th year of existence this month (May 2013), we reflect on our journey thus far and look forward to what lies ahead.
Since its establishment, the PAN Foundation has given out 180,000 patient grants, providing over $300 million in financial assistance to more than 150,000 patients. We have created and operated one disease program after another, addressing the growing need for patient assistance in oncology, chronic and rare and other disease areas, totaling throughout the years more than 50 such programs.
We take great pride in knowing that, through all of the changes the healthcare sector has faced during these last nine years, we have always been here to help as many patients as we can. We have seen over and over the huge toll that such diseases can take on individual life as well as families, their dreams and futures. With each good fundraising year, we are better positioned to help more patients and their families.
Looking forward, the PAN Foundation is better equipped than ever to provide patient assistance to the ever-growing number of patients through the partnerships we have forged with more than 30,000 providers and 81 specialty pharmacies across the country. We are looking forward to building new relationships with advocacy and policy groups as part of our ever-expanding efforts to better address the need of patients and confront head-on the future of healthcare and patient assistance.
Please watch this video and learn more about PAN and the work we do. Meet some of our Board members, staff, providers and patients and hear firsthand how exactly the PAN Foundation is fulfilling its mission of providing help and hope.
As we inch toward our first decade of existence, we hope to report even bigger accomplishments and to partner with you in future mutual endeavors.
From 2004 Until Now: Growing Stronger
Lyn Boocock-Taylor, former member and Chair of PAN’s Board of Directors
If you believe in liberty and justice for all – then you want everyone to be able to have access to life-saving or life-changing medications. When I received a telephone call from a physician asking me to serve on the Board of a newly formed non-profit, I was intrigued. When I was told about the mission and the vision of the organization, I was enthralled. To be presented with an opportunity to help change the lives of thousands of individuals and their families is an honor and privilege. I could not refuse.
And so the journey began, as many do, with a small group of passionate and energetic individuals, for whom I have the greatest respect. Our goal was to help as many patients as we possibly could and to be best in class. We would achieve this by being advocates for patients, partners with physicians and efficient stewards of our donors’ contributions. In our formative years, the board functioned without a professional staff and the hours invested in creating the organization and getting it on a solid footing were enormous. This was extraordinary really in this fast-paced world in which we live, and when free-time is such a precious resource. Yet, there was a pressing need and our volunteers stepped to the plate to offer their time, talent and treasure. Despite geographic distances, family obligations and even full-time jobs, more was squeezed out of the day. The numbers of underinsured who could not afford their treatments was staggering. The PAN Foundation was needed – it had to grow and thrive.
Then, in 2008, it came time to hire an Executive Director and budget for a staff. We were helping approximately 10,000 individuals each year, but our vision was to help even more. In our first year of operation, we were able to provide assistance to 500 patients; last year, we were able to provide assistance for 50,000. And since our inception, we have assisted more than 150,000 individuals. The combined efforts of a talented staff and dedicated Board have made this meteoric progress possible. The beneficiaries of this teamwork are the patients we humbly serve in our own unique way.
How do I see PAN today, almost a decade after its founding? I see a group of individuals, as passionate as ever, indivisible, helping provide access to medications for the underinsured, which is our organization’s special interpretation of liberty and justice for all.
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.