As a cancer survivor and now Board Member of Patient Empowerment Network (PEN), I am nominating PEN for glassybaby’s February #glassybabybabygrants.
PEN is dedicated to improving cancer treatment outcomes and health equity. Through free online resources covering diagnosis and testing, treatment, clinical trials, financing, to recovery, this nonprofit organization brings hope and healing to cancer patients and care partners at every step of their journey.
PEN’s 2020 programs served more than 140,000 patients and care partners, and their 2021 programs are on track to reach even more.
The best cancer care happens when patients are empowered to ask the right questions, at the right time. Yet a diagnosis can leave patients and their families at a loss for how to take control—a situation that has been sharply intensified by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) is where to go for help.
I am nominating the Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) for glassybaby’s February #glassybabybabygrants.
Through my role as a volunteer Network Manager for PEN, I’ve seen first-hand how PEN stands out from other pan-tumor cancer organizations. PEN elevates patient education a step further by ACTIVATING cancer patients and their care partners to become co-decision makers with their healthcare teams.
Empowered and educated patients are not only strong self-advocates—they have the tools bring hope and healing to others in their communities. And through insisting on the most current and personalized care available, empowered patients achieve better treatment outcomes, and live longer, healthier lives.
As a cancer patient care partner and team member of the Patient Empowerment Network (PEN), I am nominating PEN for glassybaby’s February #glassybabybabygrants.
The best outcomes from cancer happen when patients and their care partners have the skills to access digital health resources, and the knowledge to ask the right questions, at the right time. Yet a diagnosis can leave patients and their families at a loss for how to take control—a situation that has been sharply intensified by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Patient Empowerment Network (PEN) is where patients and their families can go for help, hope, and healing.
Founded in Bothell, Washington in 2009, PEN has operated completely digitally for more than a decade, which has uniquely positioned them to know how to deliver virtual programming in a way that precipitates action.
These skills, along with PEN’s pan-tumor focus, means they can nimbly adapt their programs to changing constituent needs, provide relevant and timely information to a greater number of recipients regardless of their geographic location, and more efficiently use their annual operating budget as a result of their freedom from brick-and-mortar constraints.
As a cancer patient, and volunteer for the Patient Empowerment Network (PEN), I am nominating PEN for glassybaby’s February #glassybabybabygrants.
PEN is a digital nonprofit headquartered in Washington State dedicated to improving treatment outcomes and health equity for cancer patients. Through their website, workshops, webinars, social media channels, and Network Managers, PEN connects patients and their families to medical experts, patient opinion leaders, and the newest, most relevant cancer resources.
A baby grant from glassybaby will enable PEN to more quickly and effectively respond to the needs of the cancer community through the unpredictable stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination process. These funds will also allow for innovations in PEN’s health equity work as they identify opportunities for new partnerships and initiatives to further promote hope and healing for cancer patients and their families in Washington State and across the U.S.