Dear PAGER Members and Friends,
As we approach the end of 2007, we have some wonderful achievements to be thankful for.
2007 accomplishments list
- The PAGER website had a phenomenal increase in web traffic this year. Web traffic just hit 950,000 page views per month with total hits over 1.6 million per month.
- The web site now has 300 pages of content and 31,000 discussion postings. Over 40% of the traffic on the site is to the discussion forums. That translates to over 680,000 messages viewed each month.
- By the end of the year, our volunteers will log about 1500 hours for a total value of nearly $30,000. (You are worth $18.04 per hour according to the federal government.)
- PAGER staff logged about 2,000 hours this year – a small portion of that time was paid and the rest volunteered.
- We now have almost 9,000 members worldwide.
- We helped TAP Pharmaceuticals with the Kids Create. Parents Relate. Coloring and Drawing Contest for the third year in a row.
- Reflux Digest, is now available on-line in the newsletter archive.
- We said Good Bye to Jan Gambino who is retiring from PAGER after five years.
- We hired Jennifer Rackley, a long time volunteer to be our new Volunteer Coordinator.
- We created a position for an official discussion group monitor and hired Lisa Panzarella, RN.
PAGER Association goals for 2008 include:
We have been able to accomplish quite a lot this year. Please help us accomplish even more in 2008 by making a donation. You can do so by visiting the DONATE page on the left menu.
- Website Development: Our goal to develop a mirror site in Spanish. This is very expensive and we are seeking corporate sponsorship.
- Parent Education Materials: There is an ongoing need to develop parent education materials, particularly Spanish and low literacy materials.
- Public Awareness of Pediatric Acid Reflux: Through ongoing outreach to parents and physicians, we can increase public awareness of gastroesophageal reflux, leading to prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
- Volunteer Training: With the revision of the Volunteer Training packet, PAGER Association is ready to train new volunteers. We hope to train several Spanish speaking volunteers in 2008.