Volunteer Experiences

"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."
Julie Mueller
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."

Kasia Prawica
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."

Olga Golumbovski
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 that home."

Stephanie Leblanc
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."

Debra Cosby
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."

Pam Maguire
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."

Andrea Solomon
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."

Marlene Grossman
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 non-profit.

"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."

Erin McEnroe
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."

Sade Adeneye
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.
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