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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: To help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability.

Results: Since 2004 PAN has provided more than $4 billion in financial assistance to nearly 1 million patients.

Target demographics: Underinsured people with serious illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: 170,814

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Every day, the PAN Foundation helps thousands of people living with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases who have health insurance, but are unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their critical medical treatments. We offer nearly 70 disease-specific funds to help people with their out-of-pocket treatment costs and other types of support, such as financial assistance for transportation costs related to treatment.

Community Stories

155 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Gretchen K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The PAN Foundation is a hero in my life. I have MS that’s well managed by an injectable med. After being pushed early onto Medicare as a result of collecting my SS for disability, my copay for that med rose from $50 to $2290, monthly. Yes, monthly. That amount is simply impossible for this freelance writer to afford. It’s far more than my mortgage payment... so my choice became 1) be homeless to pay for my med... or, stop my effective medication that’s preventing serious physical disability and remain home, alone and disabled. Yikes, right? When PAN accepted me for a grant, that changed my life immeasurably. Knowing I could keep a roof over my head AND take my meds that forestall full scale disability was like finding the secret to independent living. My heart goes out to the many people who struggle with choosing between poverty or disability or worse. I know there are many who carry that worry around 24/7 with no relief in sight. Pricey drugs DO work... but only if patients can afford them. The word blessing is overused, but in my case I’m blessed by PAN every day I’m not in a wheelchair or homeless. PAN truly holds the key to my quality of life. I’m ceaselessly grateful for the aid. And hope others who are locked into untenable health situations can know the same comfort PAN has granted me.

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PAN_Foundation Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story! We are so glad we were able to help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband, Levi, fought Cancer for 15 years after many years of chemo, radiation, and many surgical procedures. His last year, he was able to receive a newly released chemo drug, Xtandi, to try and stop the cancer. We were very fortunate to receive funding from PAN foundation to help with the cost of this drug. Without your help, we all would not have had that extra year to enjoy the love of life together. Thank you for giving us a wonderful 45 years together.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has end-stage liver disease from Hep C and his medication was costing a fortune. We had to stop because we could not afford it, but he became markedly worse and had to be hospitalized. I vowed to find some way to pay for the medicine he needed, and after many dead-ends and closed doors, I found PAN Foundation. My husband's application was approved and the funds were available within a matter of days. What an incredible, life-saving miracle! I cannot thank PAN Foundation enough for what they have done for us, both with his ongoing health concerns and our peace of mind.

1 Jerri Doud P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Twice in the past 10 years, the PAN Foundation has been an unimaginable help to my husband & I. The first time they paid a very expensive monthly copay for my husband's crohn's medication. The second time, sadly, they paid an even higher copay for my husband's chemo meds. Even though my husband didn't make it, these people helped when I had nowhere else to turn, and they did it with grace and compassion. It was simple. I didn't have to fill out 1000 forms, or send 25 verification letters.

1 Kimberly K.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

What could be more perfect in this scary world? THE PAN FOUNDATION. They save numerous people's lives through grants. These grants pay for copays for very ill patients. The list of illnesses that they will issue grants for is very long. Kind and competent company! Thank you for also saving me.

1 soldbyjeff

Client Served

Rating: 5

In my time of need Patient Access Network Foundation gave me assistance so I could live on Without their help I wouldn’t be here today

It was easy to apply and all the paperwork to continue to receive assistance was not a burden

When I finally got back on my feet I was so great full for the years they helped me survive

Thank You

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for all of your help. My husband was put on a very expensive heart medication( Entresto).The medication has no generic at this time so without you we would not be able to afford to keep him on the medicine,and it seems to be working so much better than anything he as been given before. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what I would do without the PAN foundation. I have chronic asthma. Because I take so much medication (in excess of $1500 per month) I fall into the donut hole by May/ early June each year. Without the foundation I would have to do without meds as I only get $1033 per month from medicare. Thank you so much as I probably would not be alive without the wonderful help from PAN.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you PAN Foundation and great staff. Without your help my brother would need to abandon his specialty drug therapy for Parkinsons. God Bless you all.

Rita L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have called PAN several times and have received very helpful answers. I am 83 years old and we live on our Social Security and your Foundation has permitted me the benefit of Xolair for my asthma relief.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been able to significantly reduce my cholesterol level due to a Tier 4 or 5 medication that is very expensive. The Praluent medication is far beyond my ability to pay from my pocket, but very effective for me. The PAN Foundation is a terrific non-profit assistance group to those on Medicare that just cannot afford the expense of new and very helpful medications. My family and I thank the PAN Foundation and all those associated with this non-profit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear pan foundation, you have been an unbelievable source of financial help for me and my wife. I suffer from heart failure and she is dealing with macular degeneration. We have been married and in love for 52 years. We have managed to deal with a minimal income but with your help, we are still here and want you to know what a tremendous help you have been. God bless you and thank you more than you'll ever know.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You have been a big help covering Entresto for my father who was diagnosed with CHF two years ago, has Medicare and a fixed income and could not pay for Entresto without your help. We appreciate all that you are doing for him and others who can't afford much needed life-saving medication.

1 Heather H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

they are a god sent for us who can't afford our medicine if it was not for the help i recieve for my ms drug i would not be able to stay on it

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PANFoundation 09/18/2018

Thank you, Heather, for your kind words of support for PAN. We are grateful we could be of service to you.

1 Ben M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

without PAN I would be destitute! I've been getting grants from PAN since I was first diagnosed with CML (at age 26), and I truly do not know what I would do without their assistance. Their call center staff always has the best "bedside manner" and I usually am ready to cry tears of joy after hanging up the phone with them. This charity helps with what has been the scariest part of living with cancer - the financial burden. I'd like to think I have enough to worry about without worrying about covering my yearly deductible on Jan 1st (as my medicine costs 12k per month). I thank PAN from the bottom of my heart.

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PANFoundation 09/18/2018

Thank you, Ben. We are so grateful that we could be of service during a time of need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The PAN Foundation has helped me pay for my wildly priced medication for myelofibrosis. I would have had to change my whole lifestyle to pay for it myself. I am on Medicare and the 5% that Medicare charge after all of your initial deductibles is a lot of money when your meds cost this much! Kudos to PAN!

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you for sharing your story and for supporting PAN. We are grateful we could be of help to you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband was being treated for CLL at UF Health Cancer in Orlando, he needed a medication which was extremely expensive. We were introduced to Patient Access Network. Until that time, we had never heard of this wonderful charity. He was able to receive the medication he needed, and we didn't have to pay the huge cost for it, which on top of all his other medical expenses, we would have never been able to afford. I am forever thankful that PAN was there for us in our desperate time of need.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, L Davis, for sharing your story. We appreciate your kind words and support of PAN and are so grateful that we could be of help to you and your husband during his treatment.

2 abmicro

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAN got me transportation to and from my infusions for cancer treatments. Helped me with a copay on a very expensive drug. PAN is the best.

Do not donate to City of Hope. Donate to PAN and other copay assistance charities. All of your money will go to helping cancer patients with high drug copays.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you. We are grateful for your kind words and are glad that we could be of service to you during your treatment.

2 Carol Burnett G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a grant from PANF each of the last four years to cover copayments for Copaxone, an injectable used to treat MS. Copaxone costs about $6000 per month. Copays run about $5000 per year. My PANF grant makes it possible for me to afford this treatment, which has worked so well for me.

This foundation is very efficient, the employees are knowledgeable and helpful, and the grants are a blessing to Medicare patients who need expensive medications for serious, chronic illnesses.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, Carol. We appreciate your support and are grateful that we could be of service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Those living with chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses far too often must forego costly medications, though they may have health insurance. I'd never heard of Patient Access Network Foundation until I found myself in that real and scary scenario.

For the second year, Patient Access Network Foundation is making it possible for me to receive one of the few MS medications I can still take, 19 years into my life with MS, by covering my out-of-pocket/after health insurance cost. And, I am forever thankful to Patient Access Network Foundation working with its generous donors, pharmacies and healthcare providers to ensure $0.95 of each donated $1 directly helps patients - a major feat!

MS stole my beloved career in 2012, but Patient Access Network Foundation is enabling me to reach new heights of wellness and quality of life!

MS will not win!
~ Mary Ellen

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, Mary Ellen, for sharing your inspiring story. We are so grateful we could be of service to you.

1 Tommy R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I received the news that Patient Access Network Foundation had approved my application, I was overwhelmed and so grateful.
I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and there was no way that my family could afford my medicine. But PAN Foundation stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. From the client services to the wonderful people that donate to PAN Foundation, my family thanks you and give hugs to all.
May God bless all who work, volunteer and contribute to this solid foundation.
Thank you,
Tommy R.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, Tommy, for your kind words and support of PAN. We are grateful that we could help you on your treatment journey.

2 nedcoleman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a grant from PAN to pay for expensive drugs that I needed to treat my stage 4 prostate cancer. The process was easy, and I will never forget and will always be appreciative of their generosity toward me in the early stages of my journey. Three
and one half years later and I am continuing my treatment, officially in remission.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, Ned, for your review and support and for sharing your story. We are so glad we were able to be of service to you.

2 Jerry W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, the PAN Foundation covered my co-pays on three bottles of Harvoni for my treatment. Each bottle was around $30,000 and My Humana advantage plan covered most of the cost but there were three copays, the first being around $4,900 and the next two being right around $2,000 each. I thank you PAN Foundation!
without your assistance I would not have been able to afford this treatment.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, Jerry, for your support and for sharing your story with us. We are grateful that we could be of service to you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I could not afford to finish my hepatitis c treatment Patients Access Network was there to pick up most of the cost. Thanks.

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you for your review and for sharing your story with us. We are glad we were able to help you access your treatment.

1 Steven Toni S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we first found out the $6000 co pay for my wife’s treatment monthly she said to me I guess I am going to die ! PAN stepped in covered everything for a period of time and then helped us find another group to cover co-pay !!! She didn’t make it but PAN gave us additional time together to fight it. She never gave up thank you PAN for taking the financial worry and stress out of the senario!

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

Thank you, Steven, for your kind words and for sharing your story. We are grateful we could be of help in a time of need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 76, retired, and living on a fixed income so there is little wiggle room in my budget. The $700/month co-pay for the Imbruvica that keeps me alive and treats my CLL (leukemia) would be too much for me to handle. Thankfully, the Patient Access Network has been a tremendous help!

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PANFoundation 09/17/2018

We appreciate your kind words and support of PAN. We are grateful we could be of help in a time of need.