PPD teams from different regions choose to show their support for a common therapeutic area: pediatric oncology.
At PPD, our philanthropy program is aligned with our purpose—to improve health. PPD teams around the globe define what that means through their support of chosen therapeutic areas. Several offices are connected to our purpose by providing support to the area of pediatric oncology through their partnership with local organizations. Colleagues from our Buenos Aires office partnered with Fundacion Natali Flexer Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children who are suffering from malignant diseases, including childhood cancer, by helping their families obtain the necessary information, improving their quality of life and helping them get the best available treatment.
PPD’s contribution funded the printing of 2,500 copies of an inspirational book, Day by Day, Celeste’s Story. Written by a 16-year-old girl who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 14, Celeste discovered that through writing, she was able to alleviate her pain and express her emotions while hospitalized and undergoing chemotherapy.
Additionally, a group of employees took the time to visit local patients and read the book directly to the children they were supporting.
“It was a very rewarding experience for me,” recalls Agustina Del Grosso, project assistant. “From the moment we arrived, I noted the dedication of the staff members in everything they do to make the experience for the children and their families as pleasant as possible, despite the circumstances. I’m so grateful to have been able to participate in this great experience as a member of PPD!”
Paula Weissmann, director of clinical team monitoring explains: “It’s just fantastic to know that by working at PPD, we can also make an impact like this.”
In Korea, PPD employees showed their passion for supporting pediatric oncology by connecting with the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation, which supports families and children with leukemia. Employees hosted a charity bazaar, at which their team members brought in donated items to be hand-delivered to the organization. While it was the cause that brought colleagues together, it was the feeling of collaborating to benefit others that really connected them.
“Even for a short period of time, it brought our colleagues together into one place and they got to talk to each other through this event,” says Stacey Kang, project assistant.
In our Blue Bell office, team members rallied their support for the John Shapiro Superheroes Foundation, an organization established in honor of John Shapiro, a boy from the Blue Bell area who lost his battle with pediatric cancer when he was just six years old. All proceeds benefited local families with children battling cancer. PPD colleagues showed their support by volunteering for the race.
“It was inspiring to see the turnout of community there to give support,” says Michelle Benton, remote site monitor (RSM), clinical management.
Our colleagues inSão Paulo chose to support children and adolescents undergoing cancer treatment through Casa de Apoio Vida Divina. Based in the capital of São Paulo and focused on their patients’ quality of life, Casa de Apoio Vida Divina offers lodging, food, transportation, medication, social care and recreational activities during the treatment period. That’s where PPD employees came in: Our São Paulo colleagues spent a day at the organization with pediatric patients, bringing them brunch and organizing social activities around the Easter holiday.
“It was super rewarding to take part in the activity and see how often a small action can change the day of oncological patients and earn you so many smiles,” explains Cassia Sgarbi, clinical manager. “It was really inspiring to see their strength to be focus in their healing even with so many challenges. All the volunteers and I finished the day feeling touched and rewarded, by the time we stayed with them.”
To learn more about our philanthropy program, visit our philanthropy page.