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Team PH Unmet Needs Patient Impact Fund
We believe in making a lasting impact. To achieve this goal, we developed two funds that will allow Team PHenomenal Hope to serve the patient community in the short- and long-term. The short-term project is our Unmet Needs Patient Impact Fund.
This fund is designed to address the unmet needs of people living with PH through a series of direct-to-patient micro-grants of $500 that match the immediate unmet needs in their life. These are non-medical, but still critical needs of those living with PH.
Our goal is to provide a structure that is efficient and lightweight, meaning we have a simple application process, timely review and distribution timeframe, and a transparent acceptance/rejection set of criteria.
“I was starting to worry about gas money and money for food for the 3 hour (one way) trips we are going to have to take for my new PH cardiologists appointments that are coming up soon. I opened up Facebook and happened to see in a friend’s post about the unmet needs patient impact fund! Wow! Beyond blessed and thankful for this overwhelming kindness and generosity that is available to us PH patients! It’s enough that we deal with daily and most times unspoken emotional/physical trying times. This is such a relief! Thank you so much Team PHenomenal Hope.” -Tammy Stephens, Smithville, Texas
“I am able to repair the leak in the roof of my screen porch, which is my favorite place to go when I need some time to relax on a bad breathing day. Having a place to feel safe and meditate on your health and finances in order to make the best decisions alone and by yourself is so important. I try to keep a positive attitude each and every day because no matter how bad your day seems to be there is always someone else that is having a worse day. You have given my space back to me. Thank you so much Team PHenomenal Hope.” -Terry J., Brooksville, Florida
To receive a grant, those who are interested must fill out an application and meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must be a PH patient
- Funds must be used for immediate non-medication purposes (cannot be used to purchase medications)
- Applicants must have a PayPal account
- Applicants must provide receipts for goods or services purchased
- Applicants must agree to allow Team PH to share their name, photo, hometown, and PH story to use in promoting the fund
- Applicants must agree to help spread the word about the Unmet Needs Patient Impact Fund and pay it forward by sharing information about the fund with 10 people, and working to fundraise to replenish the fund
As an example, these funds can be put toward items such as, but not limited to:
- Utility Bills
- Emergency repairs to the home
- Travel expenses to attend doctor appointments
Funds cannot be used to cover costs for:
- Medical Bills
- Other family members or pets
The fund is now closed. It will reopen on Friday, November 1 at 12 p.m. CST. The link to the application will appear here when it reopens. Limited funds are available. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Please note qualified applicants can only receive one grant per calendar year. New applicants will be considered first.
History of the Unmet Needs Patient Impact Fund
In September of 2017, we opened $40,000 of this fund to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in response to that catastrophic natural event, which included widespread flooding and property damage throughout Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Through this program, we have provided direct assistance to 80 individuals living with PH in the areas struck by hurricanes in 2017.
We spent our last money on milk, bread, batteries, and water. And that’s it.
These distributions to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria victims were possible because of generous contributions from those who have partnered with us in the effort:
Generous donations from individual supporters who contributed through our website have played an important role.
We had a successful program because of the unique coalition of PH advocacy groups, individual donors, and PH Support Group Leaders who stepped in to volunteer. The micro grants were meant to provide relief to members of our PH community who were struck by unforeseen but devastating hurricanes. Thank you to all who made this program possible.