New Funds, Friends & Family
A Message from HealthWell Foundation President, Krista Zodet
Each newsletter I write reflects on the generosity of our donors and the dedicated team that surrounds me every day. This issue is no different. Since our last issue, we have been privileged to add 14 new funds to assist more patients in numerous disease areas. None of these funds would have been possible without the continued trust and support of our donors and the HealthWell team’s commitment to serving those in need! Thank you all.
A primary objective at HealthWell is to serve as many patients as possible over a variety of disease areas. As of this writing, we now offer life-changing financial assistance through more than 30 funds. Half of those funds help people with cancer, a disease that more than 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with every year. I hope you’ll keep reading to learn more about our growing program.
Spring and summer have been busy for the team. We’ve traveled the U.S. to attend conferences focusing on a variety of disease areas to increase awareness of our programs, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Our fall conference schedule is shaping up nicely and we are on track to attend and exhibit at events including, The Liver Meeting, the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, and the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting.
Not only are we expanding our fund portfolio, we recently expanded our team with the addition of Rafa Raofi, Senior Associate Director of Operations, who we’ll introduce in this newsletter. We have a number of exciting projects underway including an effort to spread the word about the life-changing work we do through patient stories and photographs. One such patient is Gareth, a Mt. Airy, Maryland grant recipient who graciously accepted our request for a story and photo later in this issue.
Making life a little less stressful for those we serve is a top priority at HealthWell. As we grow, we continue to evaluate our programs and tools to ensure that our grant recipients, providers, and pharmacies have state-of-the-art online capabilities when applying for or managing their HealthWell grants. I’m also excited to let you know that we are developing a new website that’s even more user-friendly, which we’ll debut mid-fall.