World Benzo Awareness Day

$395 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 18 months
Rafael Medalla
on behalf of Holly Hardman
 HICKSVILLE, NY


Dear family, friends, and potential supporters,
Thank you for stopping by my fundraiser.
Hi, it’s Angela and Rafael Medalla from Hicksville, NY. For those who don’t know us, we are a husband and wife team who enjoy running and training together. This year, we would like to use our running for activism and fundraising for a very important, yet underrepresented, cause.
Rafael and Angela Medallawill be running the TCS New York City Marathon 2018. Our goal is not only to finish his first NYC Marathon but to also fundraise towards: raising awareness about prescribed benzodiazepine drug risks, harms and dangers. To do this, he needs your help.
For those who are unaware, benzodiazepines are the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. They are often prescribed for sleep & anxiety, but also for other reasons like tinnitus, muscle spasms and vertigo. Some brand names include: Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin. “Sleeping pills” like Ambien and Lunesta are similar.
These drugs should be prescribed for no longer than 2-4 weeks. Yet, medical providers continue to prescribe them for longer -- often without warning their patients of the risks. As a result, people are becoming physically dependent. This means they cannot stop taking the medication, even when they want to, without a long taper and debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes the withdrawal is severe. We know of many innocent victims of these drugs, who took them as prescribed, and were horribly damaged (suffering sometimes for many, many years and other times losing their lives due to suicide, the withdrawal too painful to endure) and we want to shine the light on this epidemic of medical harm. To learn more about the benzodiazepine problem go to w-bad.org
I am totally determined to bring awareness through my running that hopefully supports people moving towards a healthy and successful life, as opposed to down the devastating path of benzodiazepines.
Thank you in advance for encouragement and support. Please cheer me across the finish line of the TCS New York City Marathon 2018 Feet don’t fail me!
All funds raised are immediately donated to Holly Hardman of Gobbo Films, and director of the documentary-in-the-making “As Prescribed,” which is a film that will expose the decades-long scandal of benzodiazepine prescription, physical dependence and withdrawal. To learn more about the film and to watch the film’s trailer go here: asprescribedfilm.com
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
Thank you for any and all support!


http://w-bad.org/

http://w-bad.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PRESSPACKETFINAL.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJZE6_z3-Tw



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W-BAD's #3FORAP Campaign
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http://www.asprescribedfilm.com/donations.html

As Prescribed End-of-Year Fundraiser! Help Us Wrap Production!
For Tax Deductible-Donations:
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Make a tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies.

On the linked page, scroll down alphabetically to As Prescribed, enter your donation amount and click "Donate." You will be taken to WMM's secure online shopping cart. Click "Check Out Now."
If You Prefer to Write a Check
Please make checks out to our fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies, and write As Prescribed in the memo line. Send to:

As Prescribed Documentary
Gobbo Films, LLC
P.O. Box 662
Williamstown, MA 01267

Please email if you have questions.
Women Make Movies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.​
Note: Donations of stock/bonds/mutual funds are also accepted. Contact Barbara Ghammashi, Production Assistance Program Manager for Women Make Movies at bghammashi@wmm.com or (212) 925-0606 to arrange a gift.
Donate through Donorbox:
For those who do not care about the tax-deduction, donate here.

Note: Donations made through Stripe are not tax-deductible and are declared as income to Gobbo Films, LLC.
Help us wrap production!

It’s true. We’re almost done with Phase 2 of the film (Production). There are four basic phases: Phase 1: Development, which involves putting elements and funding in place to begin filming. Phase 2: Production. Production on As Prescribed began on August 6, 2014. As we close out 2017, the end is in sight. We have three more location shoots that are budgeted at a cost of $15,000. If we raise the funds by the close of 2017, we will be able to have the film in the can, as the parlance goes, by late January 2018.

More about Phase 2: Production. We began production for As Prescribed began on August 6, 2014. As we close out 2017, the end is in sight. We have three more location shoots that are budgeted at a cost of $15,000. If we raise the funds by the close of 2017, we will be able to have the film in the can, as the parlance goes, by late January 2018.

Please help us get there. Help us meet this crucial goal!

Phase 3: Edit/Post-Production. We have already been able to cut together some compelling scenes. We are making a powerful film!

Phase 4: Marketing. The costs needed for release and distribution. We’re not there yet. We need to stay focused on Phase 2 right now. We’re keeping our eyes on the most pressing task at hand. We need to get this film wrapped and we need your help!

*Key points to remember --

AS PRESCRIBED is:

*Produced and directed by a benzo survivor*

*A film that will reach beyond the benzo community*

*A film that will make a difference!*


Questions and comments: hellogobbo@gmail.com
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Dear family, friends, and potential supporters,

Thank you for stopping by my fundraiser.

Hi, it’s Angela and Rafael Medalla from Hicksville, NY. For those who don’t know us, we are a husband and wife team who enjoy running and training together. This year, we would like to use our running for activism and fundraising for a very important, yet underrepresented, cause.

Rafael has been training hard and on Sunday, November 5, 2017, he will be running the TCS New York City Marathon 2017. His goal is not only to finish his first NYC Marathon but to also fundraise towards: raising awareness about prescribed benzodiazepine drug risks, harms and dangers. To do this, he needs your help.

For those who are unaware, benzodiazepines are the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. They are often prescribed for sleep & anxiety, but also for other reasons like tinnitus, muscle spasms and vertigo. Some brand names include: Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin. “Sleeping pills” like Ambien and Lunesta are similar.


These drugs should be prescribed for no longer than 2-4 weeks. Yet, medical providers continue to prescribe them for longer -- often without warning their patients of the risks. As a result, people are becoming physically dependent. This means they cannot stop taking the medication, even when they want to, without a long taper and debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes the withdrawal is severe. We know of many innocent victims of these drugs, who took them as prescribed, and were horribly damaged (suffering sometimes for many, many years and other times losing their lives due to suicide, the withdrawal too painful to endure) and we want to shine the light on this epidemic of medical harm. To learn more about the benzodiazepine problem go to w-bad.org

I am totally determined to bring awareness through my running that hopefully supports people moving towards a healthy and successful life, as opposed to down the devastating path of benzodiazepines.

Thank you in advance for encouragement and support. Please cheer me across the finish line of the TCS New York City Marathon 2017. Feet don’t fail me!

All funds raised are immediately donated to Holly Hardman of Gobbo Films, and director of the documentary-in-the-making “As Prescribed,” which is a film that will expose the decades-long scandal of benzodiazepine prescription, physical dependence and withdrawal. To learn more about the film and to watch the film’s trailer go here: asprescribedfilm.com

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

Thank you for any and all support!
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Created April 19, 2017
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$100
Luis Gonzalez
14 months ago
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Keep bringing World Awareness of these dangerous drugs that are disabling the mind/soul of people.

$20
Valerie Lee
15 months ago
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Many thanks!

NS
$100
Natalie Sarafian
17 months ago
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Wishing you lots of luck for the marathon and for your cause!

$25
Anonymous
18 months ago
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$30
Donna Rosen
18 months ago
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Great cause! Thanks, Raphael!

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18 months ago
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