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donating a used cpap

Postby ds on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:10 am

I have a used Remstar/ pro cpap that I'd like to donate to someone who can't afford to buy one. The DMA company who supplied me with the machine doesn't take back used machines,nor does Respironics, but they suggested I post this on this site. I'd love to give it to someone who needs it.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby Wulfman on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:19 am

It might help if you would register as a member of the forum. That way, people can send you private messages (PMs). Otherwise there's no (safe) way for people to be able to get in touch with you directly.


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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby Slinky on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:30 am

Another option is to check w/your local sleep labs and w/VNA.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby abbadavis on Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:23 pm

I am so much inspired from your thought. I also have used cpap and after using it I have just thrown it to the dustbin but after reading your post I realize that I should not throw it. Any ways from now I will see that my equipments will not be wasted and I will give to the people who really needs it but can not afford it.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby juanbkm on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:01 am

Hi,

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.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby davecpap on Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:26 pm

I'd also like to hear some other ideas of where to send gently used equipment. Awake in America isn't accepting any donations right now.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby SleepingUgly on Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:41 pm

davecpap wrote:I'd also like to hear some other ideas of where to send gently used equipment. Awake in America isn't accepting any donations right now.


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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby elena88 on Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:11 pm

I bet you can use masks too? just about any accessories?

I dont have an extra mask, but if I did I would send it along to you..

I bet there are some folks here who might be able to do that..

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby juanbkm on Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:57 pm

elena88 wrote:I bet you can use masks too? just about any accessories?

I dont have an extra mask, but if I did I would send it along to you..

I bet there are some folks here who might be able to do that..


hi,

were you referring to the post i made? yes we accept not just machines but other accessories to go with it. please let me know if you would like to donate any.

thanks

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby cpapernewbie on Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:49 am

wulfman: it is time for you to delete: http://www.awakeinamerica.org/
This org has not been accepting donation of CPAP for months!

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby Wulfman on Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:01 am

cpapernewbie wrote:wulfman: it is time for you to delete:..........................
This org has not been accepting donation of CPAP for months!


OK. I edited and deleted it from my first post........now you can edit your post and delete it, too.


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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby torontoCPAPguy on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:18 pm

We have a lodge in Cuba that we send medical supplies and glasses to each month or so. Never thought about CPAP/APAP machines but now that I think about it I am sure that they would be gratefully accepted and faithfully applied. I can be reached by email at jjachin2 at yahoo dot com. Thanks.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby davecpap on Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:13 pm

Who else accepts donations? I tried contacting the Reggie White Foundation, no reply.

I got a machine in 2002 but only used it a couple nights and its been sitting in the closet ever since. Its a DeVilbiss 9000D, and its in pristine shape. I turned it on and the unit has approximately 40 hours on it. Would this still be of use to anyone? I have a cold-air humidifier and a ResMed Ultra Mirage II which also looks brand new despite its age.

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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby Hospiceangel on Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:42 pm

Hey,
I talked to Mark at http://www.secondwindcpap.com and they are working with sleep apnea association to help people who can't afford a machine. They are happy to take donations. They are really easy to work with-I bought the Intellipap (new) from them. Mark is the owner. He has been a Resp. Therapist for over 20 years.
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Re: donating a used cpap

Postby jdm2857 on Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:14 pm

torontoCPAPguy wrote:We have a lodge in Cuba that we send medical supplies and glasses to each month or so. Never thought about CPAP/APAP machines but now that I think about it I am sure that they would be gratefully accepted and faithfully applied. I can be reached by email at jjachin2 at yahoo dot com. Thanks.


I just wanted to point out tha Americans are going to have a bit of difficulty trying to send anything to Cuba. Not so much for Canadian, however.

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