Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Commemorates 25 Years of Helping Patients and Their Families

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is pleased to announce the launch of its 25th anniversary campaign. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be offering new programs and highlighting amazing stories focused on the ongoing importance of our critical mission as a national non-profit organization that provides case management services and financial aid to Americans with chronic, life-threatening, and debilitating illnesses.

PAF was founded in 1996 by Nancy Davenport-Ennis, and co-founded by John H. Ennis, to help address the issues faced by patients like their friend Cheryl Grimmel, who had to battle not only her breast cancer but for access to affordable treatments. In PAF’s first year, Nancy and a part-time volunteer staff of two provided case management assistance to 157 patients who faced barriers to prescribed care. Fast forward to 2020, and the organization served more than 190,000 patients with support provided by more than 200 staff. Cumulatively, PAF has provided direct assistance to more than 1.5 million patients over the past 25 years.

PAF delivers solution-driven programs and one-on-one assistance by identifying, evaluating, and responding to critical health care gaps and barriers known to impact health outcomes and create financial and emotional distress for patients and families.


The communities served by the organization have long endured unequal access to care and the challenges created by the many social determinants of health. Today, PAF remains undaunted in its commitment to address the unique needs of vulnerable patients and families struggling to access quality healthcare services and overcome the financial ravages of illness.


We invite you to visit the video below to hear from four individuals whose lives have been significantly impacted by PAF interventions.



To learn more about PAF, to donate to the organization or to connect with assistance visit or call 800-532-5274.