We recently hosted a Town Hall for Kids led by some of our resident Foundation Medicine MDs, in which we gave our employees children the opportunity to ask questions about COVID-19 and educate them in a way that doesn’t cause them fear, confusion or anxiety. In this current environment, we know that children are being overloaded with information but may still have concerns or unanswered questions. The goal was to provide enough detail on COVID-19 so that children understand the situation, learn how to stay safe and feel more relieved.
Foundation Medicine’s PROUD Employee Resource Network ((Promoting Representation, Openness and Understanding of Diversity) ) welcomed Dr. Ulrike Boehmer for their inaugural Lunch & Learn event. Dr. Boehmer is an Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Boehmer hosted a lively conversation around her view of cancer’s status as an epidemic within the LGBTQ community, explaining that while cancer itself is the same, every community has different needs, issues, and ways of responding to disease progression and treatment. It was truly an educational and eye-opening session!
Cancer doesn’t stop. That is why we launched FMI Helps, to support both the cancer community, and our local areas, during this challenging time of COVID-19. Through this program, we will be providing ongoing charitable support, as well as matching employee donations, to local organizations that are committed to addressing critical needs of cancer patients and to local community organizations providing vital support in Boston, Raleigh, San Diego and Penzberg, where Foundation Medicine labs and operations are present.
On January 2020, our employees participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Winter Cycle event at Fenway Park. The PMC, which takes place every August, raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through a two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon across Massachusetts. PMC Winter Cycle is a supporting spin event that takes place at Fenway Park -- both indoors and out! It was great to see everyone cycling hard as we continued our support of the PMC Winter Cycle!
Members of our Program and Portfolio Management team and our Clinical Bioinformatics Operations team have served dinner to over 100 residents of the Hope Lodge in Jamaica Plain, MA. Hope Lodge locations provide lodging and support services to cancer patients and their caregivers when their best hope for effective treatment is away from home.
After serving dinner, our colleagues enjoyed learning about the guests’ personal journeys and were lucky enough to witness eight bell ringing ceremonies in our two visits, which signify the end of the guest’s treatment and their departure from the Hope Lodge!
Every year our employees join together to give back to our communities and spread the holiday spirit by raising funds for Family Reach, a wonderful organization that provides assistance to families with a child or parent afflicted by cancer. Our 2019 Giving Week at Foundation Medicine was filled with warm holiday spirits as our colleagues participated in a week of wonderful events and fundraising. Together, we raised a total of $15,514 which will be matched by Foundation Medicine dollar for dollar, making the grand total $31,028! We were also so pleased to have our Penzberg team join us for Giving Week in 2019 with the funds they raised going directly to the José Carreras Foundation.
Lab Week is an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals who play an integral role in health care and patient advocacy. Here at Foundation Medicine, we take this time each year to celebrate and recognize all of the superstars across all of our labs who live and breathe our mission to its core through a weeklong program of events and lab employee virtual spotlights.
Cambridge Summer Classic 5k
We love to encourage employees to come together outside of work as a Foundation Medicine team for various events in the greater Boston area. A group of employees from different departments including BioPharma represented the company at the Cambridge Summer Classic 5k in 2019. There are ample opportunities to become involved in local events, and Foundation Medicine sponsors registration in many cases. Employees are also encouraged to raise awareness about new events that have a philanthropic goal and Foundation Medicine can often contribute as a corporate sponsor.
LUNGe Forward 5k Run
A group of employees from RTP participated in the LUNGe Forward 5k Run, Walk & Rally in September 2020. The event was established to provide hope to those impacted by lung cancer.