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Local Nonprofit Accepts the $100,000 Challenge

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Nov 042014

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.”


Darlene Baldwin

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Oct 162014

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Darlene (left) heard about NC MedAssist from the Department of Social Services. She uses our Over the Counter medicine program to receive the medicine that would be otherwise difficult to afford. She is primarily here to get medicine for her two children at home. Both her children have disabilities, and medicine can become very expensive. She is greatly appreciative of this program because it is one less thing she has to worry about.

Volunteers Needed for 5K Walk/Run and Pancake Breakfast

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Sep 232014

CHARLOTTE, N.C.(September 23, 2014) – NC MedAssist is looking for volunteers for their first annual Pancakes for Pills 5K walk/run that will occur on Saturday, November 8. The race starts at 8:00 am and it will be located at the Huntersville United Methodist Church on 14005 Stumptown Road.

Volunteers from local businesses, colleges, community groups, etc. are encouraged sign up online on the race website at Volunteer positions needed for the day of the event will include attendants for registration/packet pick up, parking, water stops, course monitors and the pancake breakfast.

Proceeds from the race will help raise money for the efforts of NC MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy program dedicated to providing lifesaving prescription medications to North Carolina residents who are low-income and uninsured.

Volunteer coordinator, Misty Moore, commented on the need for volunteers, “Our OTC program is volunteer driven.  Just as our OTC GAD events, this event will be relying highly on volunteers to make it all happen!  Volunteers play a huge role in the success of our events- this one included.  This will be a fun volunteer opportunity and very family friendly- and there are pancakes involved!”

Thus far, race sponsors include: GreenWalker Certified Public Accountants, United Printing, Sigma Tau Sorority, Parks Chevrolet, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Discovery Place KIDS.