I first had the idea for Charis Partners, Inc. in 2006, after I started working at a specialty pharmacy in Chesterfield, Missouri. As the company's Vice President of Clinical Services, my job was to find the best treatment for patients with rare, chronic disorders.
Unfortunately, many patients that I spoke with were not receiving the care they needed. Their condition required Intravenous Immunoglobulin (or 'IVIG') therapy, a treatment that would strengthen their immune system, and prevent recurrent infections. However, IVIG therapy is expensive, and is not always covered by a patient's insurance plan. There were no organizations that would help patients afford this life-saving therapy, so Charis Partners, Inc. was born.
Since 2006, our organization has helped over eighty patients in fifteen states gain access to affordable treatment. We have added new disease states to our financial assistance program, ensuring that more individuals with rare, chronic conditions can access the care they need. We have also provided assistance to elderly and disabled patients who have Medicare or Medicaid insurance plans.
'Charis' means 'kindness' or 'graciousness' in Greek, and this word embodies our organization's guiding philosophy. We serve our patients with compassion and empathy, and strive to provide better access to affordable healthcare to all our beneficiaries. The second part of our name, 'Partners,' emphasizes the group effort that is necessary to help patiens with rare, chronic disorders. The old adage says that it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a group of committed, well-informed citizens to change the life of a patient.
I invite you to join our mission of providing affordable, accessible healthcare to patients with chronic diseases. Your donation truly impacts the quality of life for our beneficiaries, as patients could not survive without treatment. With your help, individuals with rare, chronic disorder illnesses remain active members of their families and communities, and continue to make meaningful contributions to society.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Constance A. Garner