National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) Foundation, Inc.
Astellas provides funding to National Cancer Survivors Day, a cherished annual Celebration of Life held in hundreds of communities nationwide. It is a day for cancer survivors to stand together and show the world what life after cancer looks like. It is also a day to acknowledge the contributions of the families, friends, healthcare providers, and researchers who support survivors in their fight for life. The organization supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups and other cancer related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities by providing free guidance, education and networking. The mission is to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship to improve the quality of life for survivors.
At Astellas, we believe in creating a future we can all look forward to, one filled with good health and with loved ones to share it. We know the way to achieve that future is by providing communities with access to health and wellness information to support family members and caregivers struggling with disease, to give them one less thing to worry about and a community they can rely on.
Astellas believes everyone has the potential to live smart today and reach a brighter tomorrow. That’s why we are committed to providing resources and the opportunity to connect with communities that will provide some help along the way. To date, Astellas has donated more than $4 million in charitable grants to patient-focused organizations.
Our philosophy on providing access to health encompasses two areas of focus for programs that align with Astellas’ current Therapeutic Areas of Focus: Cardiology, Urology, Oncology, and Transplant and Infectious Disease.
We are committed to improving health literacy in the aging population with a focus on prevention and a commitment to serve diverse populations. We also want to ensure inclusive access to health while aligning with Astellas therapeutic areas.
Examples of how Astellas contributes to aging healthy include:
National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) Foundation, Inc.
Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) - Astellas Promoting Heart Health Across the Age Span Award Program
This program was initiated with a mission “to improve health status and quality of care through nurse practitioner innovations in clinical practice, research, education and philanthropy.” It targets the prevention of heart disease, the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. In 2015, Astellas awarded the program six awards of $5,000 each: two to projects that promote children’s heart health, two to projects that promote adult heart health and two to projects that promote heart health as people age. Resources are disseminated through presentations at clinical meetings and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Women’s Health Foundation (WHF)
In 2015, Astellas awarded a $20,000 grant to a new initiative of the Women’s Health Foundation, the Pelvic Health Community Initiatives Expansion Project. The project will enable WHF to expand its successful pelvic health program to meet the critical need for pelvic health education among low-income, Hispanic women in Chicago, Miami and Houston. The barriers to necessary care and information about pelvic health disorders are great for these women because they are often disengaged from the health system. Additionally, language and cultural differences can prevent them from receiving and understanding health information. The project will reach approximately 600 women in the target population, using pelvic health educational materials tailored to the language, cultural norms and literacy levels of these women. Specialized interventions, such as using promoters to more effectively communicate health information, will also be used.
Patient and Caregiver Community Support
Astellas provides funding to nonprofit organizations that provide programs that bring patients and caregivers together with support, and peer networks that increase disease and resource awareness that tie back to Astellas’ therapies. One way we accomplish this is by providing workshops and educational resources to patients, caregivers and professionals on organ transplants, cardiology, cancer and overactive bladder.
Examples of how Astellas has supported patients and caregiver communities include:
Renal Support Network Teen Prom
In 2015, Astellas provided funding for the Renal Teen Prom, a free event for teenagers and young adults with kidney disease. Set in the style of a senior prom, this gala—held annually in the Los Angeles area for the past 17 years—draws more than 400 teenagers with chronic kidney disease (CKD), their guests and volunteers from throughout southern California and around the nation. Lori Hartwell, Renal Support Network’s president and founder, created the Renal Teen Prom after missing her own prom because she was on dialysis. Astellas shares the Renal Support Network’s desire to help patients by educating and empowering them and their family members to take control of the course and management of kidney disease.
The Painted Turtle
Astellas is a long-time supporter of The Painted Turtle, providing funds to support tuition for children with serious medical conditions to attend and celebrate the fun of just being kids. Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 30 medical conditions visit The Painted Turtle each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood. The Painted Turtle has offered thousands of children and their families hope and encouragement through its free Summer and Family Weekend camps since it opened its gates in 2004.
To learn more about Astellas corporate grants, please visit the Corporate Grants and Contributions web page.
Patient Support Services
Astellas provides a range of patient support services for our marketed products in the U.S. We also provide assistance for commercially insured patients via our various copay card programs as well as provide referrals to external independent third parties who provide financial assistance to help offset the cost of medicines should a patient meet their respective eligibility criteria.
Since 2009, our Patient Assistance Program, known as the “Astellas Access Program,” has provided access to medication at no cost to approximately 154,000 patients in the United States and Canada across the following therapeutic areas:
- Infectious disease