I began conceptualizing SOS over three and a half years ago. At that time I knew many people who’s family or friends were struggling with massive medical debt due to catastrophic illnesses. These citizens had to decide literally between paying their medical bills or paying for food or rent and it broke my heart every time I heard these stories. It was around that time that the economy began to collapse, a variety of new health care plans were being discussed and it all seemed more dismal than ever. I needed to do something to help, thus SOS was born.
I am a firm believer that if you have it, share it! Whether it be time, money, food, a roof for a wayward friend or animal, or an outlet for advertising or outreach – whatever it is – if I am plentiful in such things, why should others not be as well!
And so, with that in mind, I give you the mission of Sink or Swim Philadelphia. SOS will assist those people in the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties who are uninsured or underinsured pay for necessary medical expenses via social networking and web donations. This site allows individuals; neighbors & citizens to donate to residents in the Philadelphia area who need it most.
Each month you have a chance to help one of your fellow neighbors who is struggling with medical debt and you decide who you would like to donate to and how much you would like to donate. I know the economy is tight these days, but it is that much tighter for the recipients that we post each month, and every little bit helps, whether it be $1 or $100. The goal of SOS is to hopefully give our recipients a respite, one month (or more), where they do not have to decide between paying for life necessities like food or rent or paying for their medical bills.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, and I firmly believe – be the change you wish to see in the world! Please help SOS be that change. Peace!Marion Leary