By: Marilou Niggemann, MPA
The Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to children and adults who are critically or chronically ill, including those diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease. We help them afford their life-saving, high-cost medications. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, The Assistance Fund helps children and adults in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
HOW THE JOURNEY BEGAN—Jeff Spafford and Edward Hensley were running a specialty pharmacy in Orlando when they met a patient who would change their lives. She had cancer in her bone marrow, and her doctor had prescribed a medication that might keep the disease at bay for years.
She mentioned that she did not want to tell her husband about the drug because she knew they couldn’t afford the $4,000 every month for the drug. “It broke our hearts,” Hensley recalled. They vowed to start a nonprofit to help others in similar straits. In 2009, Jeff and Edward kept their word and founded The Assistance Fund, which works to make access to medicine a reality.
Since its start, The Assistance Fund has raised almost $100 million and has helped more than 12,000 children and adults across the country receive the life-saving, high-cost medications they need to help combat their chronic or critical disease.
HOW TO APPLY—The Assistance Fund offers copay assistance for people diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease. To be eligible for the co-pay program, applicants must be diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease, be prescribed one of the following specialty medications: Apokyn, Cogentin, or Benadryl Injection, have primary insurance coverage for the related medication, and meet certain financial criteria.
The easiest and fastest way to apply and determine eligibility is to go to our page on the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Wellness Village: ParkinsonsResource.org/wellness-village. Click on Financial Assistance. Read all about us and then, and at the bottom of the page, click through to our website and complete the eEnroll application. It’s an online enrollment tool; there you will also find an opportunity to apply for assistance by phone
The Assistance Fund continually challenges itself to be the best in providing patients access to medications and making access a reality for children and adults in need. Let them help you… Visit our Wellness Village Feature Page and Contact The Assistance Fund today.