At Millennium, we have always considered ourselves lucky to be part of such a remarkable community. For all it offers us, we feel it only fair to give back by donating our time.

Albert Einstein once said, "All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out." In 1998, a group of employees imagined an organization within Millennium that would offer all employees the opportunity to contribute time and talent to our community.

The meaningful change that resulted from their imagination is a vibrant, employee-based Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program. Now, more than a decade later, our company still proudly supports this program and the imagination that brought it about.

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Rushing Toward a Cure

Takeda Oncology is proud to kick off the tenth season of our Rushing Toward a Cure campaign. The program launched in 2006 in partnership with the Patriots Radio Network (WBZ 98.5) and our local chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

Takeda Oncology donates $1000 to the LLS for every 100 rushing yards gained by the New England Patriots throughout the pre, regular and postseason. This money helps fund vital blood cancer research and much needed patient services and education programs.

As we celebrate Season 10 of Rushing Toward a Cure, it is important to recognize the value and impact of this program. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the 5-year relative survival rate for patients with cancer has increased significantly due to treatment advances and the development of early detection and cancer prevention screening tests.

Click here to view the Rushing Toward a Cure Season 8 kickoff at the Takeda Oncology headquarters in Cambridge, MA.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Each year MMAD proudly supports Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's oldest and largest youth mentoring program.

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Blood Drives

Millennium hosts two on-site blood drives each year through a partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These donations help save trauma victims, cancer patients and newborns in the Intensive Care Units at both hospitals.

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Buck-a-Check Program

More than 25% of Millennium employees participate in the Buck-a-Check program, a convenient payroll deduction that allows them to contribute to three local charities. We provide approximately $40,000 a year to these organizations. Giving $1 per paycheck can go a long way!

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Community Service Day

In 2008, we reached the 10-year anniversary of Community Service Day, the flagship event of MMAD. Last year, more than 400 Millennium employees, family and friends came together to improve 10 community sites around Boston and Cambridge. We're excited to continue the program and see how much bigger we can make our 15-year mark!

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Day to Serve

Every employee is given the opportunity to use one workday per year toward charitable giving or community service events.

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On Earth Day 2008, Millennium launched EverGreen, a company-wide campaign to conserve natural resources and reduce our environmental impact both at home and in the workplace.

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Feeding the Homeless Fridays

Through a partnership with Arlington Street Church, Millennium employees can volunteer any Friday to help serve meals to the homeless at Friday Night Supper. This program hasn't missed a weekly meal since 1984.

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Holiday Giving Program

Each year employees participate in a number of service activities around the holidays. Here are a few examples:

  • Raising money to "adopt" families and children in need by providing household items and completing their holiday wish lists. Last year, we adopted four single-parent families who recently left abusive situations
  • Supporting Holiday Mail for Heroes to bring cheer to our troops
  • Supporting children involved with the Frank Iovieno Caring for Children Foundation, Cambridge Family & Children's Service, and Christmas in the City
  • Holding clothing drives for the homeless at Arlington Street Church, New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Rosie's Place. Last year, we donated more than 100 bags of clothing

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MMAD Scientists Program

For years, scientists at Millennium have supported science education at all levels to enrich the level of interest in science, increase scientific literacy and stimulate interest in pursuing careers in science. A few ways our scientists have shown their support:

  • Invited students from the Whitehead Institute to Millennium for a lecture called "Conquering Cancer"
  • Conducted science experiments for high school students at the Cambridge Marriott Hotel
  • Educated adults and children on the power of cancer drug development at the Cambridge Science Festival sponsored by MIT
  • Volunteered as judges at the Massachusetts State Science Fair at MIT
  • Managed a one-week internship for the award-winning high school student from the Massachusetts State Science Fair

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