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Russell Sarault is a typical baby boomer living in the blue collar town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He worked hard for many years on the line at a chemical plant, putting his six children through college.
Russell tries to stay healthy and manages his diabetes as best he can. But like too many Americans – he lost his job and health insurance during the economic downturn.
Russell hasn’t let tough times get the better of him. He took a job selling cars and enjoys time with his family. But his diabetes started to worry him, so he went to “The Clinic” in Phoenixville where he can get affordable health care and free medication.
The Clinic’s staff and volunteers provide low-cost or free medical care to local families who are uninsured and underinsured. In 2009, AmeriCares delivered over $400,000 worth of donated medicines and medical supplies to help people like Russell get the care they need.
“This clinic and free medication is a godsend,” said Russell. “My medicine would be $500 each month and I don’t have coverage for that.”
When Russell came in for his first visit, he was surprised to discover how serious his diabetes had become since he had lost his health insurance. Left untreated, diabetes can contribute to heart disease, blindness and severe kidney damage. Sadly, the average yearly cost of treating diabetes is over $6,000 per year – far more than most uninsured families can afford.
With support from the dedicated health professionals at The Clinic and donated medicines from AmeriCares, Russell is now safely managing his illness so he can stay healthy.
The huge burden of health care costs has increased financial strain and stress for families like Russell’s all across the country. In response, AmeriCares is doubling aid to clinics serving the poor and uninsured – increasing donations to over $40 million.
By delivering medicines and supplies to nonprofit medical centers such as The Clinic in Phoenixville, AmeriCares will help more families receive the high-quality, affordable treatment they need.