Vifor Pharma France – Run for a good Cause

The Odysséa Charity Run for Breast Cancer has been held in Paris on the first weekend in October for the past 14 years. This year, it attracted over 40,000 people, among them, a team of 15 runners and walkers from Vifor Pharma France, all proudly wearing their Vifor Pharma t-shirts. This is the fifth year that our French affiliate has participated as an official partner; it’s an association that works on a number of different levels.

First, it’s for an extremely good cause. Since 2009, all the proceeds from Odysséa – including the 590,000 € raised this year – are given to the Institut Gustave Roussy for its breast cancer research programme. The institute is the leading oncology centre in Europe, focusing on patient care, research and teaching. It treats patients with all kinds and stages of cancer; in the area of breast cancer alone, the hospital takes care of more than 10,000 patients a year.

Run_Odessa_FR1Next, Odysséa is a high profile event in the French social calendar, attracting national news coverage as well as the participation of a great many healthcare companies and healthcare professionals. Our General Manager, Cédric Malié points out, “This event is good fit for us. Our partnership with Odysséa underlines our own dedication to patient care and research.”

Lastly, it’s a team effort, the event as a real team-building exercise. Every year, about a 3rd of Vifor Pharma France signs up for the event. It’s really good fun. And we office-based employees get to spend time with our field sales colleagues, which is great for team spirit!

Thnaks to our French colleagues! Great job!