Archive for April, 2015

Arthritis Foundation Supports New Act That Ensures Treatment Access

April 19, 2015 Comments off

Craig William Taylor, senior engineer and group leader for Genentech, Inc., is a dedicated member of his community. Craig William Taylor supports several community and charitable organizations, including the Arthritis Foundation.

Dedicated to supporting individuals living with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation promotes research, spreads knowledge to the public, and advocates for individuals and families. Recently, the organization announced its support of new bipartisan legislation that ensures individuals affected by arthritis will have access to new, effective treatments. This legislation counteracts an increasing trend in the health insurance market that is moving important arthritis medications to specialty tiers, making them less affordable for patients.

Currently, cost-sharing responsibility requires that patients pay between 25 and 50 percent of their medication costs. The Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (PATA) of 2015, if passed, will limit the cost-sharing requirements for specialty tier medications, giving patients lower out-of-pocket expenses for important and innovative arthritis medications. Along with 32 other Coalition for Accessible Treatments members, the Arthritis Foundation encourages patients and physicians to support this act and ask lawmakers to co-sponsor.

Home Landscape Care for Every Season By Craig William Taylor

April 10, 2015 Comments off

No matter the season, your lawn and shrubbery require regular attention to remain in top condition. Here are a few tips for year-round lawn maintenance:

-In the spring, sparingly fertilize grass and apply a natural or chemical weed killer. Aerate and dethatch the lawn as needed.
-In the summer, water the grass in the morning. Soak the grass in about one inch of water weekly. As the summer heat increases, allow the grass to grow a bit longer between mowings to better withstand hot temperatures.
-In the fall, continue watering the grass until winter truly arrives. Begin overseeding in mid-October in mild climates, or in mid-September in cold-weather areas. Regularly rake leaves, as they breed disease and prevent grass from getting much-needed sunlight.
-In the winter, administer a light dose of nitrogen fertilizer late in the season so that lawns will remain green all winter long.

About the Author

Biotechnology manufacturing expert Craig William Taylor has spent more than seven years as a Data Systems Engineer at Genentech, Inc., in Vacaville, California. Away from work, Craig Taylor enjoys landscaping and yard improvement projects.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Celebrates 50th Anniversary

April 1, 2015 Comments off

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, recognized nationwide as one of the most comprehensive pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, this year celebrates 50 years of research and treatment of children with cancer and other diseases. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, cancer ranks as the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States aged 14 and younger. With support and contributions from individuals around the country, including longtime supporter Craig William Taylor, St. Jude has helped children and their families cope with catastrophic illnesses in a loving and supportive environment.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, St. Jude has implemented a number of initiatives to commemorate this milestone:

1. St. Jude is asking patients, families, volunteers, donors, doctors, and nurses to share their favorite St. Jude story.
2. The hospital is inviting everyone to participate in social networking and to join in the conversation regarding pediatric cancer.
3. St. Jude is presenting a challenge to supporters to help run St. Jude for 50 days, whether by donating monetarily or by donating a gift in tribute.

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, every child is treated regardless of religion, race, or the family’s ability to pay for services.

Craig William Taylor is a Senior Data Systems Engineer for Genentech, Inc., in Vacaville, California. In addition to St. Jude, Craig Taylor supports Ronald McDonald House and the Arthritis Foundation.