At AbbVie, contributing to solve tough health challenges doesn’t just happen in our labs and offices – it’s also about how employees choose to give back.
For anyone who has witnessed a loved one lapse into confusion, reach for words that no longer come and face the frustrations of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, you understand the fierce desire to battle against it.
It’s a struggle Megan Agyeman, associate director, regulatory business solutions at AbbVie, knows well. Both of her grandparents suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and her family took on the caretaker role. “It is extremely hard to see my once socially outgoing grandfather become reserved out of fear he won’t recall someone’s name,” she says.
For Agyeman, the choice was obvious: the Alzheimer’s Association.
Working at AbbVie, our employees are highly attuned to specific difficult-to-cure diseases and the havoc they can wreak on individuals and their families. Our focus on improving the lives of patients leads to an opportunity for employees to “put their money where their passion is” as part of the AbbVie's annual employee giving campaign.
Ninety-two percent of AbbVie’s U.S. employees contributed during this year's giving campaign. The amount raised (including a match from the AbbVie Foundation) totaled $6 million, mainly designated for charitable organizations dealing with diseases.