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This month’s Sink or Swim Philadelphia recipient is Diane. You should know that her name has been changed and that she asked that we not post her picture. She asked… Read more »

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December 2013: Diane

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED, WE WERE ABLE TO EXCEED DIANE’S GOAL! In 2002, Diane, our December Recipient was hospitalized with a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This was the start… Read more »

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November 2013: Scott

THANKS TO YOUR GENEROSITY, WE HAVE EXCEEDED SCOTT’S GOAL IN JUST 4 DAYS!! “I want my old daddy back.” – Scott’s 7 year old daughter. Scott was an active, engaged,… Read more »

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October 2013: Weston

WE HAVE REACHED WESTON’S GOAL OF $8000 FOR A SERVICE DOG. WE CAN’T BEGIN TO EXPRESS OUR SINCEREST GRATITUDE FOR EVERYONE’S GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT! THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE SPREAD… Read more »

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September 2013: Sue

“My stroke took a lot away from me, but I am determined to get the most out of the rest of my life.” –Sue, September Recipient Our September recipient Sue… Read more »

For Transplant Patients and Their Families, a Local Resource Offers Lodging and Support

by Erin Kane The Gift of Life Family House, a 30-room facility that shelters and feeds transplant patients and their families, is a best-kept secret that Talia Giordano, a social… Read more »

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Recipient: June – July 2013: Rana

WE HAVE REACHED RANA’S GOAL OF $1600!! THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED WE CAN NOW COVER TWO MONTHS WORTH OF HER HEALTH INSURANCE. WE WILL CONTINUE RAISING MONEY FOR… Read more »

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May 2013: Eddie

THANKS FOR HELPING US EXCEED EDDIE’S INITIAL GOALS. LETS KEEP IT GOING!! When Eddie, a generally healthy 37-year old husband and father of two, shakily made his way to his… Read more »

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April 2013: Tim

“I will do anything I can to walk again.” -Tim, age 34. Tim used to love going to the gym but when he started to notice his back was hurting,… Read more »

Why Give Answer 89:Give because you can and because you cannot

From the Change Gangs website. MARCH 30, 2013 BY SHARON LEAVE A COMMENT I am a firm believer that if I have it, share it! Whether it be time, money,… Read more »

The Cost of Cancer

By Erin Kane A cancer diagnosis has heavy emotional, physical, and financial costs. For many patients, life as it was before cancer changes greatly, but the responsibilities, and the bills,… Read more »

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March 2013: Kate

WOW, WE HAVE EXCEEDED KATE’S GOAL!! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS! WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING DONATIONS FOR KATE. IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO DONATE THE MONEY… Read more »

State Health Insurance Exchanges – We’ll Get Them One Way or Another

By Ken Elder On December 12th, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett notified the federal government that Pennsylvania would not develop its own Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) and that the state would… Read more »

“Family Comes First,” and Other Words of Wisdom from Alejandra’s Parents

by Erin Kane While eight-month-old Alejandra, our January recipient, is the one who traveled across continents to receive medical care, her parents, Jose and Lena, have also lived her harrowing… Read more »

State CHIP Helps Children of Low-Income Families Who Would Otherwise Forgo Private Health Insurance

By Kenneth Elder Low-income families have historically struggled to provide health insurance for their children. All American families have seen their incomes depleted by the rising costs of employer-sponsored and… Read more »

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January – February 2013: Alejandra

WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING ALEJANDRA’S FAMILY PAY FOR THE CARE SHE NEEDS. THEREFORE, WE WILL CONTINUE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THIS SWEET LITTLE GIRL THROUGH FEBRUARY! THANKS TO ALL… Read more »

Tips for Caregivers

by Erin Kane Top Tips for Caregivers, From December’s Seasoned Pro Our December recipient, Jeff, might have been the one who received the organ transplants, but his wife, Jeannine, also… Read more »

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December 2012: Jeff

THANKS FOR HELPING US REACH JEFF’S INITIAL GOALS. SO FAR WE ARE ABLE TO COVER 6 MONTHS WORTH OF HIS SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE. LETS SEE IF WE CAN HELP COVER SOME… Read more »

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November 2012: Andi

THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT, WE HAVE MEET ANDI’S SECOND GOAL OF $1500. THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE THIS AN EVEN MORE THANKFUL MONTH FOR ANDI AND HER… Read more »

People Say They Are Crazy – Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Popular Culture

The media and popular culture is usually the last place to look for balanced view of schizophrenia and mental illness in general – most people with disorders are unfortunately portrayed… Read more »

5 Myths about Schizophrenia

There is a lot of negative stigma associated with Schizophrenia and mental illness in our society. We think the only thing stigma does is keep the public unaware of the… Read more »

Dispelling Schizophrenia – Why Yeliz Deserves Access to Treatment

Even though chances are that you, reading this, will have had mental illness impact your life – it is said to be prevalent in one form or another in almost… Read more »

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October 2012: Yeliz

Imagine you are hardworking person, with desires to pave your way in the world, but an illness, out of your control, keeps knocking you down. You do everything in your… Read more »

Why Joe Needs Your Help – All the Places He Can’t Go!

Imagine yourself having a disability and trying to remain mobile in Philadelphia. You might have noticed much of public transportation is wheelchair-accessible and you might have heard of CCT Connect,… Read more »

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September 2012: Joe

30 years ago, Joe was an active teenage boy with dreams of going to college, playing football and maybe even making it to the NFL. He was having fun at… Read more »

Question and Answer with Kim

Week 1: SOS: What does it feel like to be a recipient of SOS Philly? Kim: I feel like there is a sense of hope and relief. I am humbled… Read more »

Question and Answer with Nicole

Week 1: SOS: What does it feel like to be a recipient of SOS Philly? Nicole: It feels amazing to know that there is not only an organization out there… Read more »

Question and Answer with Kristen

Week 1: SOS: What does it feel like to be a recipient of SOS Philly? Kristen: To be a recipient of SOS Philly is a godsend.  I have incurred, and… Read more »

Question and Answer with Leah

Week 1: What does it feel like to be a recipient of SOS Philly? I am so impressed by this organization and the generosity it has inspired. It goes without… Read more »

Question and Answer with Pete

Each month we ask our recipients to answer a few questions that allow you to see exactly what they are dealing with in regards to their medical conditions and their… Read more »

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April 2012: Kim

Our April recipient is Kim. Kim is 38 years old and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 5 years ago. She is regularly in need of MRI scans and blood work… Read more »

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March 2012: Joan

Our March recipient is Joan. Joan is 59 years old and was diagnosed with triple negative aggressive breast cancer in September 2011. She had a left mastectomy in October 2011… Read more »