Needs Beyond Medicine is a nonprofit organization with a mission to decrease the burden of cancer by increasing awareness, education, and relief to cancer patients. Needs Beyond Medicine is focused in an effort to offer assistance toward enhancing the quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer through educational and financial support.
(Mission Statement) 

About Us 

Founded in 2006 with the help of Philip Brown, Needs Beyond Medicine is an all-volunteer base committee consisting of medical professionals and health background individuals. At first, the main purpose of this organization was to help only breast cancer patients pay for non-medical expenses while undergoing treatment. Some of these expenses included transportation, rent, and other essential living costs. This program has since been renamed the Relief Program, and continues to be one of the key services  that NBM offers to patients battling all types of cancer today.

In the early years, NBM used a fiscal agent to help with the 501c3 status and awarded those applicant applying for financial assistance. In 2008, the organization decided to establish NBM as an official business and have its own 501c3 status along with having its number recognized by the IRS and under NBM’s name. Officially in 2009, NBM was established as a 501c3 organization and an established Utah Business.

NBM is lucky enough to have key partnerships with all of the Utah area hospitals, clinics and community centers that treat cancer patients. We are able to help these patients no matter where they are receiving treatment because NBM is a stand-alone nonprofit organization that works with all community organizations and hospitals despite their alignment.

Today, with the dedication of full-time staff member Philip Brown and the help of interns and many volunteers, NBM is proud to offer not only the valuable Relief Program, but educational seminars on various cancers throughout Utah. NBM’s vision for the future is to expand its programs on a national level.  

Jennifer Sweeney

Board Of Directors

Philip Brown, MBA- Founder/CEO- Needs Beyond Medicine

Christie North, MBA- Chair

Braden Ellis- Vice Chair

Samit Deo- Secretary

Katalin Bolliger- Treasure

Dean Reeder- Member

Sarah Berry- Member

Lance Bradshaw, MBA, MHA- Member

Jack Rowe- Member

Ashley Kapron- Advisor

Philip Brown


Philip Brown, Founder and CEO of Needs Beyond Medicine, first started with the organization in 2006 when it operated as a volunteer-driven committee. The committee hired Philip to help establish a business plan and future for the organization. In early 2008, the committee disbanded and did not want to continue as a committee so Philip decided to move forward with establishing Needs Beyond Medicine as a 501c3, becoming a reality in 2009.

As Needs Beyond Medicine’s first employee and current operational head, Philip has been a long-time advocate for both the care of cancer patients and the education on how the disease can be better managed through early detection.  Philip’s passion to building awareness in the community through education, as well as his dedication to caring for the needs of those living with cancer, are inspired and driven on a daily basis by his own personal tragedy:  his mother, Karen Brown, passed away in 1996 of ovarian cancer after 18 months of battling the disease with surgeries and chemotherapy.

It is Philip’s goal to raise awareness to the mass public on the life-saving benefits of early cancer screenings. Eventually, he wants to expand Needs Beyond Medicine throughout the country so that the message and work of the organization can reach out to benefit more lives.

Philip earned both his Bachelor of Science in marketing and Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.


Needs Beyond Medicine offers educational programs on various types of cancers. The presentations goal is to inform the public about the higher diagnosed cancers in America, such as breast, cervical, and skin.
All of Needs Beyond Medicine’s educational seminars are free and offer basic information on early detection, as well as educational brochures. The education programs are set in place to raise awareness throughout the communities they take place in.

Helpful Links

Here you will find links to other organizations dedicated to regularly updating their information on cancer news. Please feel free to browse through these external links to find more information on specific cancers you might be interested in learning about. Needs Beyond Medicine provides links to these websites for informational purposes only. Any questions concerning information found on these sites must be directed to the owners of the websites themselves.

PowerPoint Presentations

All of Needs Beyond Medicine’s educational seminars are free and offer basic information on early detection, as well as educational brochures. The education programs are set in place to raise awareness throughout the communities they occur.


Total number of Relief Program Recipients thru October 2016


Individuals with an Income Level Below $25,000 (2016)


Individuals reached through educational programs (2016)


Dollars raised through donations and grants (2016)

Relief Program

Helping Cancer Patients

The Relief Program

Relief Program Supporter


While the rest of life’s priorities may come to a halt, the day-to-day expenses of living don’t stop when a person goes through cancer treatment. To help relieve the financial burdens cancer patients face while going through treatment, Needs Beyond Medicine developed the Relief Program.

The Relief Program creates financial assistance grants for cancer patients that can be used for living expenses not classified as medical. Living expenses can be characterized as rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and more. These grants bring much needed relief to adults and children facing extreme hardship during the greatest fight of their lives.

The Needs Beyond Medicine Relief Program is funded by public and private grants, as well as business and community donations. Because cancer patients who have strong support systems also have higher rates of survival, these grants are a vital gift to their recipients. For this reason, Needs Beyond Medicine hopes to continue our efforts for years to come. To date, the Relief Program has helped more than 1,000 people and counting.

Here are a few words from some of the Needs Beyond Medicine Relief Program grant recipients:
“ I received your check a few days ago and wanted to tell you how much it is appreciated. Like many people in my position, the financial burden created by cancer can be quite daunting. More than the financial assistance; knowing that there are caring people such as you, fills my heart & soul with hope for the future.”

“Dear NBM, Just a quick note to thank you for the funds sent to me via your organization. That money will come in very handy as I am having so many out of pockets cost, that I cannot afford. That this really is a blessing.”

“Dear Needs Beyond Medicine,
Thank you all so much for supporting me and other cancer survivors through your generous contributions. This donation has helped me pay some bills. I am grateful.”

Needs Beyond Medicine is currently able to help Utah residents only. We will keep you up-to-date on our site once our organization can begin to cover other states.

Needs Beyond Medicine Events

Needs Beyond Medicine holds numerous events throughout the year. Event dates will be listed below as information becomes available. Some of these events are presented by Needs Beyond Medicine, and others are done through a partnership in our community. Please check back often to stay up-to-date on where and when we will be in your community.

canSURVIVE 2016- Event Flyer Here


canSURVIVE is an annual gallery stroll presented by Needs Beyond Medicine that features portraits of Utah-area cancer survivors, both those who have beaten the disease and those who are currently undergoing treatment. The event is Needs Beyond Medicine’s primary fundraiser that takes place every year in Salt Lake City, UT in November.

canSURVIVE 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
The Falls Event Center (Salt Lake City)
Time: 5:00-9:30 pm (speakers from 7:30-8:30 pm)

Hotel Accommodations: SpringHill Suites Salt Lake City Downtown

To view canSURVIVE’s most recent photos and find out more information about the event, please visit

canSURVIVE 2016 Commercial

canSURVIVE Past Participants 

Larry Pederson
Dr. John Sweetenham
Bobbie Tsutsui


Is Needs Beyond Medicine a nonprofit organization?

Yes. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code as of 2009.

EIN Number: 27-0436521

501c3 Letter

Do you have chapters outside the state of Utah?

No. The organization is located in Salt Lake City and does not have chapters, outside the state of Utah. We are currently looking for chapters to start in other states. This is evaluated each year due to the amount of fundraising and grants we receive to help cancer survivors.

How can I donate?

Needs Beyond Medicine is continually seeking new donors and partnerships to help support the organization.

Become A Sponsor: Here

Donate and Contribute: Here

What Cancers do you assist with and is there an age restriction?

Needs Beyond Medicine is able to help all types of cancer types, the only restriction are patients that live outside the state of Utah. We are able to financially assist patients that are of the age of 18 and older.

Do you have volunteer/internship opportunities?

Yes. To volunteer or intern with Needs Beyond Medicine, please download the application here.

Volunteers we are looking for are:
Community Outreach
Educational Seminars
Social Media

We are looking for always looking for interns that are majoring in a healthcare related field, business degree or anyone who has an interest in a nonprofit area.

*Other opportunities depending on the individuals background and interests.

Cristi Burn
Noah Kelsch

Contact Us


P.O. Box 521618
Salt Lake City, UT 84152

Phone Number

385.645.4NBM (4626)