ED FRIEDMAN PATIENT ASSISTANCE FUND
We are extremely proud of the difference we’ve been able to make in the lives of patients and their families facing the terrible battle against cancer that Ed fought at the Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai Hospital. One feature of Ed's amazing spirit was that he actually considered himself "lucky" that he could approach his treatments with financial resources and the support of his family and friends - something he and Helen noticed that not everyone at the infusion center shared.
Over the years, working closely with Sinai Hospital’s Development office, doctors, nurses and social workers, The Ed Friedman Patient Assistance Fund has provided a myriad of support from television screens for the infusion cubicles to wigs for chemotherapy patients. A significant portion of the funds have gone to provide rent and utility assistance to patients facing eviction and/or utility loss during their treatment. In 2014, the Foundation's assistance was expanded to include the needs of pediatric patients and their families.
PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and government advocacy. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research – and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. The organization helps support individuals and communities all across the country in working together to raise awareness and funds to develop more effective treatment options for better patient outcomes. We create a sense of hope and community so no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone.