Charlotte, NC (October 29, 2014) – – The Leon Levine Foundation has awarded NC MedAssist a $100,000 Challenge Grant as part of an effort to raise funds and awareness for NC MedAssist, a non-profit pharmacy program that provides free prescription medicine to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. The Leon Levine Foundation will match any new or increased donations received by May, 31 2015, so every donation will have double the impact.
NC MedAssist will kick off the matching grant challenge on Saturday, November 8 at the Pancakes for Pills 5k Run/Walk in Huntersville, where attendees can sign up for the 12 for 12 Donation Campaign.
A $12 a month donation for 12 months will support a patient in need of prescription medication for one year. It costs NC MedAssist on average $12 a month to provide $500 worth of medications that treat diseases such as, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma or high cholesterol. Tom Lawrence, Executive Director of The Leon Levine Foundation says “We are extremely pleased to partner in the work NC MedAssist does to help maintain and improve the health of adults and children in Mecklenburg County.”
“The 12 for 12 Donation Campaign makes it easy for people to give small amounts of money each month and their contribution has a huge impact for a neighbor in need,” says Bart Walker, NC MedAssist Board Member. “You can turn the cost of a few lattes – $12 – into over $6,000 in the value of prescription medication by donating for 12 months. Everyone can do this.”
“The $100,000 challenge grant is a catalyst to engage new donors and volunteers but most importantly serve more people in the community who need help with lifesaving prescription medication,” said Lori Giang, NC MedAssist Executive Director. “This challenge grant will enable MedAssist to dispense another $1 million in donated prescription medication that otherwise would not have happened.” NC MedAssist services have increased over 50% since February 2014. Of the 10,000 patients served each year, 77% of the patients served are too poor to qualify for help through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“Accepting this hefty challenge shows that NC MedAssist is committed to raising awareness and funds to continue helping those without health insurance” says Giang. “We are fortunate to live in a community that is so giving and thoughtful, so we are asking everyone to join us in meeting the challenge.”