We believe good citizenship starts locally. At our headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are active and well-known corporate citizens in our community and we can be found where fun and philanthropy converge to do the most good.
Our employees bring the same passion and enthusiasm to their volunteer work as they do to their everyday work. Our award winning corporate citizenship program known locally as Living Through Giving (LTG) has been an organic and vibrant part of our local culture since 1997. LTG began as a grassroots effort and today, it continues to thrive, grow and evolve to make a meaningful difference in our community.
Community. Fundraising. Education. Environment.
Today, LTG is an executive-encouraged, company-sponsored program consisting of annual company-wide efforts that span a wide range of initiatives to benefit the community in and around our Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters.
Every LTG initiative falls within our four core pillars: Community, Fundraising, Education and Environment. Through our initiatives, we have built partnerships with more than 20 local organizations, from cancer research to environmental outreach. These partnerships allow us to provide volunteer opportunities that are personally meaningful to our employees during every season of the year.
Read more below about various year-round Takeda Oncology initiatives.
Community Service Day
Our flagship event for LTG, our Community Service Day (CSD) occurs in the heart of summer. CSD is our company-sponsored "day to serve," and employees are encouraged to bring their family and friends and join us as we volunteer in our local community. At our 2018 CSD, Takeda Oncology brought more than 500 volunteers, who together dedicated over 2,000 hours in just one day to benefit more than 20 local organizations. Our volunteers donated their time and energy to everything from making dog toys for service dogs in training to playing BINGO with patients at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and inspecting, sorting, repacking and labeling grocery packages at the local food bank.
See our employees in action on Community Service Day.
Fall Into Action
Fall Into Action is our most robust season of LTG initiatives. During the last quarter of the year, we provide numerous ways for our employees to get involved with organizations and initiatives that will have a big impact during the holiday season. One of our Fall into Action initiatives is our Holiday Gift Giving program, during which we partner with Family Reach to raise money for families struggling with the financial burden of pediatric cancer over the holidays. From spreading cheer to spreading warmth, we also participate in our annual Outerwear Share Drive in partnership with Building Impact, to ensure we are doing our part to keep Boston’s homeless community warm throughout the harsh New England winters.
Light the Night
Our second largest and most visually-stunning LTG initiative is Light the Night (LTN). In partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), these evening fundraising walks are held across the United States and are illuminated by lanterns that are lit to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer. For LTN Boston, our team joins thousands of participants to walk around the Boston Common and show our support while raising funds for research. LTN also marks the first event of our LTG Fall Into Action season.
Music 2 Fight Myeloma
Music 2 Fight Myeloma (M2FM) is a long-standing initiative at Takeda Oncology that unites the power of music with digital and social media efforts to amplify awareness about multiple myeloma and raise funds for vital blood cancer research and advocacy organizations dedicated to myeloma. Listen to inspirational playlists curated by members of the myeloma community below.
Power Play for Patients
In 2017, Takeda Oncology hit the ice with Boston’s Black & Gold and 98.5 The Sports Hub to shut out lung cancer with our Power Play for Patients initiative.
During the 2017/2018 NHL Season, every time the B’s went on a power play, Takeda Oncology donated $100 to support vital lung cancer research. And if the team scored during a power play, Takeda donated $200. In total, Takeda Oncology donated $25,000 to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.
Rebounds for Research
In 2018, Takeda Oncology and 98.5 The Sports Hub teamed up with the Boston Celtics to box out leukemia with Rebounds for Research. For every Celtics rebound during the 2018/2019 NBA regular season, Takeda Oncology will donate $10 to the LLS, up to a maximum of $25,000. These contributions will help support vital leukemia research and further promote Takeda Oncology’s aspiration to cure cancer.
Rushing Toward a Cure
For over 12 years, we kicked off the end of each summer with our Rushing Toward a Cure (RTC) program. Launched in 2006 in partnership with the Patriots Radio Network (WBZ 98.5) and our local chapter of the LLS, RTC lasted for 12 consecutive NFL seasons. With RTC, Takeda Oncology contributed a set financial donation to LLS for every 100 rushing yards gained by the New England Patriots during the pre, regular and post-seasons. In total, Takeda donated over $300,000 to the LLS through this initiative to help support blood cancer research, patient services and education programs.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Partnerships
Beyond our community partnerships, we also have active STEM mentoring and educational outreach programs.
As part of LTG’s STEM pillar, we are proud to partner with MassBioEd, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation founded by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) in 2001. Through our partnership with MassBioEd, we are supporting educational programs throughout Massachusetts that are focused on training high school educators and exposing students to college and career opportunities within the life sciences industry. In 2018, Takeda was recognized by MassBioEd as the 2018 Champion Organization for Biotechnology Education. We also participate in the annual Cambridge Science Festival during which our scientists demonstrate to future generations of scientists that mistakes are not necessarily errors, but instead are "hypotheses" for further testing.
tALK+ Takeda Oncology
tALK+ (pronounced “talk positive”) is a Takeda Oncology initiative that highlights the positive experiences and personal stories of those impacted by anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Launched during Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November) 2017, tALK+ was created to spread awareness and educate about ALK+ NSCLC, including common misconceptions.
Pay it forward by joining the #tALKpositiveNSCLC conversation on social media and sharing positive stories about the NSCLC community.
Visit www.livingwithalk.com/tALKpositive to learn more.
Use the hashtag #tALKpositiveNSCLC and follow @TakedaOncology on social media to join the conversation.
3 Points for Patients
3 Points for Patients was a Takeda Oncology initiative with 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Boston Celtics that took place during the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 NBA seasons.
For every 3-pointer scored by the Celtics during their regular season, Takeda Oncology donated $33 to the International Myeloma Foundation. In total, 1,702 3-pointers were made and $50,000 was raised to help spread awareness about multiple myeloma and fund vital blood cancer research, patient services and educational programs.