"Leaving was very difficult, but knowing that we could nurture these kids and make a difference at least for
one week means a lot. I still think about them every day."
Astellas Pharma Global Development medical coder, on spending time with children at Imiliwaha orphanage during
her 11-day medical mission trip to Njombe, a small village in Tanzania, Africa.
"This program prepares our kids for real life by teaching them things they may not necessarily experience in
school. To be a part of that is very meaningful."
Astellas US Technologies senior supply chain operations analyst, Supply Chain Operations, on her volunteering
in a third-grade classroom at JW Riley School in Arlington Heights, Ill. to teach students about building a
business from the ground up.
"For me, the great results coupled with the learning aspect made it a really rewarding experience. So much
so in fact that I brought my son back the next weekend to enjoy the woods."
Astellas US LLC project coordinator, Corporate Communications, on leading 34 other Astellas employees who
volunteered to remove invasive species and perform general gardening at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, Ill.
"Teens often think they're invincible, so it's really shocking for them to see their friends in such a
realistic and horrifying situation. The dangers of texting and driving are very real. This event brought
Astellas Pharma US executive representative II, Hospital, explaining the importance of her volunteering in
a Lafayette, La., Junior League event, "No Fear, No Future," to educate high school students on the risks of
drinking and texting while driving.
"Seeing people come together after all the devastation that affected so many lives... really gives you hope."
Astellas Pharma Technologies documentations specialist, Engineering/Maintenance, on volunteering with
Habitat for Humanity to help clear the remains of a home destroyed in the Moore, Okla., tornado that damaged
thousands of buildings.
"My eyes welled with tears, wishing my sister could have participated ... but also with pride to be a part
of an organization with such dedicated employees wanting to make a difference."
Astellas Pharma Technologies senior manager, Human Resources, on watching the Annual Relay for Life for the
American Cancer Society. Maguire and a team from Astellas Pharma Technologies raised $7,989 to help find a
cure and to support those suffering from a disease that affects millions of people each year. The race
features cancer survivors in a celebration of life. Maguire's sister was a cancer victim.
"The work of the American Cancer Society is incredible. It's pretty cool to volunteer with an
organization so impactful that one day our grandchildren may not have to worry about the threat of cancer."
Astellas Pharma US senior executive II, Oncology, on her volunteer work recruiting participants and raise
funds for the American Cancer Society's third historic clinical study, Cancer Prevention Study 3.
"For people with blood cancer, finding a matching marrow donor is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
As a donor, I could potentially save a life and it's such a simple process."
Astellas Pharma Global Development systems manager, Business Information Systems Management, on recently
helping to recruit donors for the bone marrow registry of Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, an international
"I'm so proud of what these kids accomplished. In just one trip, they gained an unbelievable amount of
exposure to cultures from all over the world. And they learned about science too."
Astellas Pharma US executive representative, Hospital, on her recent experience traveling to the FIRST LEGO
League World Festival in St. Louis, Mo., to accompany the robotics team from her daughter's All Saints
Academy, which was its state champion.
"It is rewarding to support the brave medical personnel who respond to these emergencies. You can never
be truly prepared for a disaster, but I am glad to know that I will be able to help others if one occurs."
Astellas Pharma US executive representative II, Hospital, on her work as a non-medical member of the Los
Angeles County Disaster Healthcare Volunteers, which recruits medical, health and mental health care
professionals as voluntary first responders.