Each year, at their annual Evening of Hope event, Patient Services Inc., present various awards to honor patient champions within the chronically-ill community.

In leading up to this year’s Evening of Hope on September 19th in Washington DC’s Newseum, we will be looking back at some of our previous award recipients in a series of posts each week leading up to this year’s event.

To kick off our special Evening of Hope series, let us introduce you to the 2015 Bradley Cross Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Ann Rogers.

What Is the Bradley Cross Lifetime Achievement Award?

The Bradley Cross Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding person(s) for specific accomplishments that are truly extraordinary, widely recognized as such, and of positive and lasting quality.

PSI inaugurated this Award for an individual’s specific, positive, extraordinary and enduring accomplishments. PSI Chairman of the Board, Gary Cross, created this award in memory of his son, the late Bradley Cross. The Cross family lost their hemophiliac son after he became infected with HIV through contaminated blood used for his treatment.

Ann Rogers, Lifetime Patient Champion

Ann Rogers, MS was the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, representing 3,000 patients with bleeding disorders in southeastern and central Pennsylvania and Delaware for 37 years.

After retiring from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the NHF, Ann spoke with Hemaware, a magazine that focuses on bleeding disorders, and had this to say about her work with the DVC, “I always had our mission in mind. I focused on supporting the community, supporting the HTCs, working on board development and working to increase volunteer recruitment.”

Ann’s Work Stemmed From Personal Experience

Ann is the mother of three sons, two born with bleeding disorders, one with severe Type III von Willebrand Disease and one with hemophilia A. Ann’s oldest son with hemophilia died in 1992 at the age of 16 from the complications of AIDS.

In the Hemaware article, author Beth Marshall writes, “As the HIV/AIDS epidemic ravaged the bleeding disorders community in the early 1990s, Rogers experienced firsthand the devastation when she lost her 16-year-old son, Daniel, to HIV/AIDS.”

Ann Inspired Progress With Her Work And Dedication

“Our community has gone from one that was sick and dying to one that is healthy and thriving. We now focus on the cost of care, the price of medicine, getting closer to a cure. The future is bright and hopeful,” Rogers says.

Coincidentally, Rogers also helped push Delaware to pass a law that capped how much a patient would have to pay which ensured that insurance companies could not make a patient pay more than $150 for a 30-day supply of specialty medication.

Other Career Highlights

Ann was President of the Chapter Staff Organization of the National Hemophilia Foundation for six years and currently works on state-related advocacy for her local chapter.

What Is The Evening Of Hope?

The Evening of Hope acknowledges, celebrates and honors patient champions in the chronically-ill community. Guests who attend can expect an extraordinary night with delicious food that reflects the fall season, cocktail hour, an exemplary company, education, and entertainment.

Highlights of the evening usually include a seated dinner, an awards ceremony, guest celebrity speaker, Congressional speaker, recognition of event sponsors, educational updates provided by the PSI Program Development and Government Relations teams, and live patient testimonies. Plan to attend the upcoming fifth annual Evening of Hope at The Newseum in Washington DC on September 19, 2018. Learn more here.

Who Is Patient Services Incorporated?

The founder of PSI shaped the very first non-profit patient assistance model in 1989. Dr. Dana Kuhn knows the pain firsthand of watching a loved one fight-and-lose their battle against chronic illness; he knows, too, the crippling financial burden often carried by those left behind. Since our inception in 1989, Patient Services has been a pioneer leading the charge to find solutions to the challenges that face the chronically ill in the United States.

We provide financial support and guidance for qualified patients with specific, rare chronic diseases. Through PSI assistance programs patients and their families rediscover hope and health.