If it's possible would you consider it to the group that I just started with some friends of mine? We started a project called "The Breathe Initiative" ( http://www.breatheinitiative.org
). Our goal is to basically provide help to patients here in the Philippines who have no access to breathing equipment such as cpaps, bipaps and ventilators.
It's sad to say that our country doesn't have the adequate health care system in place to help it's citizens cope with medical equipments such as these. Most of the equipments used by patients are bought out of pocket. I can speak from experience since I've been on a BiPAP machine for more than 12 years due to a neuromuscular disease. All of my machines have been bought out of pocket and it's been quite a financial burden. Most of the money I make from working goes to medical equipment. Hence I'm 32 yrs old and I still live with my parents. Not that it's bad. It's actually common here but I just wanted to illustrate how difficult it is. This is saying a lot considering I already come from a middle-class family. A lot of people here aren't so lucky. They live on less than $300 a month. So having access to medical equipment is really difficult.
I hope that you'd consider donating the used equipment to us. What we intend to do with the equipment that gets donated to us is that we'll find a patient that needs it. It will get "assigned" to them for however long they need it. The provision is that if they don't need it anymore, whether they outgrow it or something it gets returned to us so that another patient can use it.
Both I and the people I'm working with on this project have been in one way or another affected by breathing disorders. I suffer from a neuromuscular disorder, while the others have children with a breathing disorder that necessitates the children being on a ventilator. So we know how difficult it is to live with something like this. Nevertheless we still consider ourselves lucky because by one way or another we were able to get equipment and help for it. We want to give back.
If you're open to this please let me know.
Juan Magdaraog http://www.fightpompe.com http://www.breatheinitiative.org http://www.psod.org.ph