Marcus Shih’s mother instilled in him the importance of giving back to society from a young age. He knew about PPD’s commitment to philanthropy, so the company was at the top of his list as he searched for a position in the clinical research industry.
“Working for a company that gives back is very meaningful to my career. I am very proud to work for PPD,” said Marcus, a remote site monitor (RSM) in Taipei City, Taiwan.
Many philanthropic activities at PPD are designed and led by local colleagues. In Taipei City, Marcus and his colleagues decided to do something to support the pediatric and rare disease therapeutic area. They chose the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders (TFRD) as the recipient of a PPD donation and employee volunteer event.
TFRD advocates for pediatric rare disease research, awareness and caring for patients and families of patients. Additionally, TFRD brings fun sporting events to patients and families, where their participation may otherwise be limited due to stress from caregiving, health conditions and inaccessible spaces.
In early 2020, the team was planning a basketball experience at the TFRD facility. It soon became clear that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they would not be able to join TFRD in-person for the basketball event.
Marcus and the group quickly pivoted and found a way to still give the patients some fun and connect with them safely. Instead of shooting hoops, the 24 employees took time to learn more about the children and their rare diseases. They then wrote and mailed cards to each of the 31 rare disease patients who would have participated in the basketball event.
“It was a very meaningful event for our colleagues to get to know the children with rare diseases in our community,” said Marcus. “I am so proud to work for PPD, a socially-responsible, global company that contributes to the local society. Even though we went through a tough year in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, PPD still insisted upon doing the right thing and lighting up the dark.”
Marcus took a lesson he learned at home many years ago, to give back to society and found a way to help his colleagues do just that, brightening the days of pediatric rare disease patients, with cards they sent from their own home.
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