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Since March 16, our average client age has dropped below 60, which means they’re not on Medicare, they’re coming to us because they’ve either had their income cut, they have lost their insurance and they’re being faced with impossible decisions of: Do we purchase our life-saving medications, or do we pay our rent and buy food for our family?
Last year, we helped almost 900 clients. This year we’re expecting at least 1,100, if not more. We’ve really made it a priority that, during a crisis, people have to have their life saving medications. The people of northern Kentucky, they, they don’t have to fear chronic diseases anymore and having to fight the battle between medication and other basic things to live their life because we get our medications through Americares, at no cost to us. It would just be absolutely impossible to do what we do without you, on a regular basis and during this crisis.
Having access to medicines should not be a privilege. Being able to be healthy should not be a privilege— that is a basic human right, that everyone should have access to. And when we don’t give it, it doesn’t just ravage their body. It ravages their soul. And it ravages their mind. Because how many times can you be told that you are not worthy of help before you start believing it yourself?
And when we can step in and say, you are beautiful, and you are loved, and you are valuable, and your life has meaning, and we’re going to be here to come alongside of you and ensure that you can share that to the world — that just doesn’t fix your body, that fixes your soul, and it fixes your mind.
Aaron BroomallExecutive DirectorFaith Community PharmacyFlorence, KY