Montel Williams and Chronic Disease Fund Offer Inspiration and Hope at the 4th CDF Annual Partnership Summit

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Chronic Disease Fund (CDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of patients with chronic disease, cancer, and other life-altering conditions, hosted its 4th Annual Partnership Summit September 21-22 in Dallas.

Chronic Disease Fund (CDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of patients with chronic disease, cancer, and other life-altering conditions, hosted its 4th Annual Partnership Summit September 21-22 in Dallas.

A “meeting of the minds,” the summit brought together almost 100 well-known healthcare leaders, inspirational speakers (as well as fellow organizations devoted to improving the welfare of chronic disease patients) to discuss the state of chronic disease in America today and beyond. The summit ended with its annual “Benefit of Giving” evening event, bringing together almost 250 attendees and featuring Montel Williams, daytime talk show host and multiple sclerosis patient, as the special guest speaker.

Montel Williams is passionate about helping offer hope to patients battling chronic disease. “I can’t imagine anyone having to battle an illness without the medications and the treatments they need or the hope that they offer. But as you know, many Americans can’t afford their medications. They can’t afford hope,” asserts Williams. “And that is something that none of us should let happen to another human being, not if we can help it.”

“Approximately 200 million Americans will develop a chronic illness in their lifetime,” says Mike Banigan, founder of Chronic Disease Fund. “There is still a huge need for our help, which is why we come together. Our annual CDF Partnership Summit is a forum for healthcare industry thought leaders to share their insights and network so that we can be a part of a positive change for America.”

Keynote speakers at the conference included:

  •     Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor – Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey”
  •     Susan Dentzer – Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy, as well as an on-air analyst for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer”
  •     Joe Flower – Previously a column writer for the American Heart Association's Hospitals and Health Networks Weekly, he has established himself as a chief observer and thought leader on healthcare issues in the United States

Overall, the summit and benefit were a huge success. New insights from healthcare industry leaders were shared, new ideas were exchanged, and new partnerships were formed. To learn more about this year’s event, click here: http://www.gooddaysfromcdf.org/exchange2011/conference/?utm_source=conference_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=exchange2011

About Chronic Disease Fund®
Chronic Disease Fund® (CDF) is a non-profit, full service financial and medication assistance organization that is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of underinsured patients battling chronic disease, cancer or other life-altering conditions who cannot afford the medications they so desperately need. Founded in 1992, CDF has quickly grown to become the nation’s largest copay organization, providing end-to-end services to help more than 90,000 underinsured patients. To learn more about CDF and its fundraising arm, Good Days, visit http://www.gooddaysfromcdf.org/.

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