Our Mission is to Give Hope, Save Lives and Reduce Suffering
The Eric Drew Foundation truly believes that by bringing patients together, we can transform medical industry in a very positive way! By empowering patients with knowledge of the most advanced and non-invasive treatments, we will drive the demand for these more advanced treatments which will raise the quality of medical care exponentially! The result will be to Give Hope, Save Lives and Reduce the Suffering of millions of people who now have nowhere to turn!
Our Vision is of a world
where the most advanced treatments are available and expedited to all patients, where every patient has an advocate, and the best possible outcome is optimized through education and patient centered social networking.
We Believe that
- Every Patient should have an advocate
- Every patient should have access to the tools needed to navigate complex medical information on their condition
- Every medical dilemma has an optimal outcome and it’s realized
- Every patient should have a network of people to provide support and hope. “Alone we Struggle. Together We Heal.”
- Patient centered care should be standard
- Patients should be informed about and have access to the most advanced treatments.
RUTH INEZ HARING – Executive Director. Ruth comes to the EDF from a rich Silicon Valley background. From Lockheed Martin to working with Meg Whitman on Ebay mergers and acquisitions throughout Europe, her technical background and enterprise project management skills perfectly match the foundation’s mission
ERIC DREW – Founder / Spokesperson / Chairman / Patient Advocate. Eric is currently serving his 11th year as chairman of the EDF. Although he is busy with speaking engagements and managing a variety of domestic and international companies and investments, Eric’s passion is giving hope and inspiring patients who are struggling with serious illnesses. He spends many hours each day consulting individual patient cases and promoting the CrowdHealing Movement . He still has substantial medical issues to deal with resulting from his extensive treatment, but doesn’t let it slow him down. He enjoys golfing, hiking, speaking and traveling. But most of all he loves empowering people and inspiring hope for a better world and a better quality of life for all.
PUNEET WADHWA Founding Board Member / Technology Investor – Puneet was a Los Gatos resident who knew Eric prior to his diagnosis. He helped inspire and launch the foundation in 2003 and championed many of the initial projects and websites. Through his extensive professional network, Puneet has been a solid backbone of the EDF since it’s inception. As an investor and managing partner in several technology companies. He currently resides in San Juan Puerto Rico where he continues to advocate and promote the foundation he helped create.
AMY BETH HANSMAN Board Member / Treasurer / CPA – As a CPA and partner in a Silicon Valley Accounting Firm, Amy Beth brings a high level financial perspective to the board. She is currently serving her 6th year as a board member for the EDF, and has given endless hours of her time to volunteering for the foundation, serving on the Trek-for-Treatments Event Committee several years in a row. Her passion for helping others and her dedication to this foundation continues to drive us forward toward accomplishing our global mission.
VIJAY KAMMA Board member / Philanthropist / Silicon Valley Visionary – As a Silicon Valley technology guru currently serving a high level position at Cisco Systems, Vijay is involved in a number of Silicon Valley based philanthropic organizations and dedicates and great deal of time to helping others. Vijay brings a large corporate perspective to the foundation and as well as his extensive network of contacts for both technology applications as well as corporate funding possibilities.
JONATHON WEISNETH Event Coordinator & Head of Fundraising Programs -Jonathon brings his extensive experience in event production to coordinate our fundraising events and marketing efforts. He is a Palm Springs California native and his extensive philanthropic contacts serve to bring top fundraising events to the foundation. Jonathon’s marketing expertise has been crucial to the launching of the WeHeal.org online patient services. He is leading the production of key media events such as the promotion for the launch of the WeHeal site and an annual foundation golf tournament.
MONICA POPA Foundation Administrator – Monica wears many hats for the foundation and is the glue that holds the organization together. Handling our corporate paperwork, managing internal finances, and essentially doing everything that needs to be done, she is heavily relied upon and greatly appreciated!