Our Mission

Needs Beyond Medicine has a mission to decrease the burden of cancer on those undergoing treatment by providing financial support for non-medical expenses.
Needs Beyond Medicine focuses on providing educational outreach regarding the importance of early cancer detection and prevention.

Needs Beyond Medicine participants

Relief Program

Needs Beyond Medicine (NBM), was formed in 2006. The original purpose of this organization was to help 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 is the Relief Program, and continues to be one of the key services that NBM offers to current adult cancer patients battling various types of cancer.

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. In 2009, NBM was officially established as a 501c3 organization and an established Utah Business.

Needs Beyond Medicine 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.


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 living expense assistance grants to those diagnosed with cancer who need financial assistance. The grants provide financial coverage for non-medical expenses such as food, bills and transportation for patients and their families. It is our belief that by providing this, it mitigates the stress and burden placed upon families who are going through extreme hardship. We hope that the benefits of our organization can reach patients and families across the state of Utah. Please consider becoming a year-round partner with Needs Beyond Medicine and the various types of commitment levels we offer though our partnership program.