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Success Stories

   

Making a difference in communities

From granting the wish of a lifetime to helping save lives. B. Braun is honored to partner with national and local organizations to be a part of these community success stories.

 

The Power of a Wish
Elizabeth, Noah, Kevin, Nichole and Tyler all shared the same wish: to go to Walt Disney World. B.Braun helped the wishes of all five children come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work – evolving into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes.

During the Company’s 2011 National Sales Meeting, B.Braun held several events to raise money to help the children. In just four days, through employee donations and a company match, B.Braun donated $13,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, enabling Elizabeth, Noah, Kevin, Nichole and Tyler to realize their dream of going to Disney World. Here are their stories:

Elizabeth, age 4, has trach/Cerebral Palsy. She loves princesses and was able to meet one of her favorites, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, while at Disney World.

Noah, age 5, has cystic fibrosis. Noah loves the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and also watching the Little Einstein TV show. He also enjoys going to McDonald's® for his all-time favorite Chicken McNuggets.

Kevin, age 17, has pulmonary artery sling, seizure disorder, celiac disease, Grave’s disease, and Down syndrome. Kevin loves amusement parks and all of the rides. He enjoys listening to Christmas music and playing with his dog, Ginny.

Nichole, age 13, has cerebral palsy and holoprosencephaly. Though non-verbal, Nichole is able to communicate with her family via minimal sign language and gestures. Nichole, like most little girls, loves the color pink.

Tyler, age 14, is an epilepsy/stroke patient. One of his favorite pastimes is drawing castles. In his spare time, you may find Tyler playing Yahtzee® or munching on DORITOS® COOL RANCH® Flavored Tortilla Chips. 

 

Race for the Cure with Susan G. Komen
One in eight women in the U.S. will contract breast cancer, and nearly everyone has a personal connection to the disease and those it has affected. This is true at B. Braun, driving more than 100 employees to dedicate their time and money at the Company’s 2010 National Sales Meeting to the fight against breast cancer.

As Susan G. Komen calculates it, every potentially lifesaving mammogram costs about $125. Through various fund-raisers including a two-mile Fun Run as well as a company match, B.Braun contributed more than $22,000 to Susan G. Komen’s work in breast cancer research and prevention – the equivalent of 176 free mammograms for low-income women and untold savings in human lives.

 

Sustaining Future Leaders
At B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), we believe that planning for a highly skilled workforce starts at an early age, and we develop educational programs with this in mind. One such successful program launched in September 2010, when B. Braun  employees teamed up with Pennsylvania’s Catasauqua Area High School to participate in Catasauqua’s Career Awareness Course. The program, designed to provide ninth-graders with a real-world look at the connection between education and careers, was lauded by educators and business leaders.

As part of the program, students participated in a career development class led by B. Braun employees. The B. Braun speakers discovered the students’ skills, talents and passions and worked with the students to help them see how developing those abilities could lead to potential career pathways. The students also toured the B. Braun Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility.

The partnership program received such acclaim that it was presented at the Lehigh Valley Business/Education Partnership Summit in front of 250 business people and educators. Several educators expressed interest in engaging in similar programs in their respective schools. In the spring of 2011, school superintendents toured our Marcon facility and networked with local business leaders to discuss implementing this program at other companies.