"A substantial number of multiple myeloma patients face significant hardship when it comes to treatment choices and the ability to cover out-of-pocket drug copayment and premium expenses," said Sharon Saias, Vice President Marketing and Communications, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. "The financial lifeline being offered through the HealthWell Foundation addresses a critical need for these patients and allows them to access medical treatments that are vital to managing their disease."
"People living with multiple myeloma face many challenges, not only in managing their disease, but also in covering the cost of their treatment. Depending on the stage of their disease, patients may undergo several courses of therapy, which can be emotionally and financially draining," says Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. "As a result of the continued generosity of our donors, we can now offer these patients support so they can start and continue treatment without the added burden of financial worry."
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised more than $300 million since its inception and directs nearly 90% of its total budget to research and related programming. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator's coveted four-star rating for 11 consecutive years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency. Visit www.themmrf.org for additional information.
About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net for more than 200,000 underinsured patients by providing access to life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford.
HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.