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Stephanie Alexander: Client and Volunteer

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Jun 032013
 

Stephanie Alexander: Client and Volunteer

Stephanie has a unique story, because she is a MedAssist client and one of our volunteers. Like many of our clients, she lost her job in 2008 because of the recent economic decline. After being unemployed for a year, Stephanie’s insurance benefits expired and her life took a downward spiral. Stephanie had been diagnosed with diabetes years prior to losing her job, and now struggled with the choice between buying food or the insulin she needed to survive.

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Her son offered assistance but he has two children with special needs and she couldn’t let him do that. Stephanie chose to pay for food and go without her medicine. After three weeks went by, her body could no longer survive without insulin and Stephanie admitted herself to the hospital. Stephanie feared she may die from not taking her medication. She then heard about MedAssist from a family member. Since using MedAssist, she has been able to keep her diabetes under control. She says, “MedAssist is a life saver.” After a year, Stephanie came to MedAssist to recertify, and learned about the different volunteer opportunities. She now spends her time at MedAssist filing and doing data entry. MedAssist has saved her life, and she says “you helped me and now I am helping you.”

Kevin Shally’s New Outlook on Life

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Jun 012013
 

When Kevin Shally moved to Charlotte, he started his own landscaping business which flourished and became very successful. Kevin was able to buy a great house, afford the things he wanted in life, and carry good health insurance even though he paid 100% out of pocket as a self-employed business owner. Then in 2008, his world changed along with the economy. He lost his house and his landscaping business. Due to years of work in landscaping, he had pain in his knees and showed signs of skin cancer. He used his savings to continue to pay insurance coverage, so he could continue to afford his medications. At the age of 60, his insurance policy doubled due to his age. He was now faced with the reality of living uninsured.

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Fortunately, a friend told him about Physicians Reach Out where he was referred to NC MedAssist. Since using MedAssist’s Free Pharmacy Program, Kevin has been living with improved mobility in his knees and peace of mind that his skin cancer is under control. “MedAssist has taken a huge burden off of me and enhanced my quality of life dramatically.”

A Few Kind Words from United Way

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May 302013
 

On behalf of United Way of Central Carolinas, we would like to thank you, your staff and Board of Directors for the time and effort put into this year’s Citizen Review Process.  The programs and services that you provide continue to significantly impact the lives of many. The work that you do is extraordinary and greatly appreciated and is more important than ever.

The council commends you on your ability to keep up with the increasing demand for services by increasing your internal efficiency.  It is impressive that you have been able to dramatically increase your services without dramatically increasing your expenses.

The council congratulates you on the opening of your additional eligibility site.  The council is pleased to see your continued strategic thinking as it relates to reaching potential clients and making services easily accessible.