Hi, my name is Lori Mage.
First and foremost, thanks for your interest in THE PACT PROJECT!
For those of you who don't know me, I am the founder THE PACT PROJECT, a Project Access Graduate (a previous patient), and NOW a Project Access Advocate.
18-months ago, I could hardly walk. I was in constant pain with rarely enough strength to even leave the house. For me, simply showering was a huge task and anything beyond that was nearly impossible. Even though I was working as a graduate assistant at Gonzaga University, I was still uninsured, barely getting by financially, and unable to qualify for any state healthcare assistance.
17-months of searching for answers and depleting my savings, I finally got the
help I needed through an organization called Project Access.
Project Access is
a local nonprofit network of physicians and hospitals that generously volunteer
their time and donate their resources to individuals like me and cases like
mine "“ completely free of charge.
Thanks to Project
Access, I quickly discovered that I had been waddling around for over a year
and a half with two ruptured discs that needed surgery immediately. Dr. David
Gruber (a Neurosurgeon at Inland Neurosurgery and Spine) volunteered to be my
surgeon and Sacred Heart provided the facility and all of the additional needed
resources "“ again, all free of charge.
Today, I am
standing up-right completely pain-free. I have graduated from Gonzaga with my
Masters; I have climbed Mt. Adams; and I have started my own business. All of
which would have been impossible without Project Access.
When it comes to
the gratitude that I feel towards all of the volunteer physicians that make
Project Access possible, I am lost for words. I can't help but get emotional.
They have truly given me my life back and as a way to say thank you, and
pay-it-forward, I have created what I call, THE PACT PROJECT (PACT: Project
Access Cycling Team).
The PACT Project is a team a cyclist committed to helping Project Access with their mission to provide quality healthcare to uninsured, low-income, Spokane County residents by riding in events to increase awareness, attract volunteer physicians, and raise additional financial support.
The PACT Project, at its core, is really a personal pact. It is a promise I made to myself months and months ago when I was desperate and searching for "anyone" that could help. It was way back then, that I told myself, if I ever get the help I need, I will not let it go unnoticed. I will find a way to give-back and express my appreciation. Hence, The PACT Project was born.
The PACT Project is a brand new nonprofit that needs your help getting started.
To get more information on how you can help make THE PACT PROJECT a huge successful feel free to contact Jessica, Jennifer, or Lori (contact information is listed below).
THE PACT TEAM!
THE PACT PROJECT
Project Access Cycling Team
Registered WA Non-Profit Corporation | UBI: 603-172-034
Jessica Dingwall............ [phone redacted]
Jennifer Warner............ [phone redacted]
Lori Mage.................... [phone redacted]
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