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Dec 22, 2008
beth anderson
PAGER Director and original GERD Nerd
Mother of Chris (1988) and Katie (1990)
Author of The Reflux Book
Member of PAGER since 1992
Donor since 1992
Holiday donations to PAGER
2008 Funding for PAGER and
Check your change jar!
The amount of money you have in a coin jar, hidden in your couch cushions or floating around in your car can help a family dealing with reflux. If each member could donate $1 to $10, we could reach our goal of $50,000 in no time!

We are over halfway there!
Has PAGER helped you? What value would you place on these services?
- Talking to a volunteer and creating a list of questions for your doctor.
- Educational materials for yourself or anyone involved in your child’s care.
- Help identifying trigger foods, formula and breastfeeding questions.
- Discussion boards where you can talk with other parents dealing with the same issues.
- Tips on coping with reflux-related sleep issues. - A website and newsletter devoted to bringing you the most up-to-date reflux information.

PAGER provides all of these things and much more at no cost to our members. Since we do not charge a membership fee, we rely heavily on the generosity of our members and their friends to offset our operating costs. The more generous our members are, the more services we can provide in the future.

Corporate Funding Can only Provide 66% of our Budget. We are currently at the IRS limit for corporate funds for 2008. The rule says we have to match every $2 from a big donor or grant, with $1 from our members and their friends. Patient groups don’t qualify for government funding. If we don't get more donations from members and friends, we will not be able to apply for more grants.

Where does your donation go? When you donate to PAGER, 100% of your donation goes back into the organization to meet our basic costs to operate. Some of these things include providing phone lines for quick access to PAGER staff, volunteer training, an enormous website that takes 2.2 million hits per month, providing GERD training for local health care workers and sending our staff to conferences to learn about the latest treatments! We occasionally require the use of an attorney who specializes in non-profits and we are required to keep insurance for several of our programs. Corporate donors and grants are usually earmarked for projects, so we need your small donations to cover these basic costs.

How can you help? It’s simple!
- Use our GoogleDonate® button to easily send a small donation with your credit card! It is on the home page. - Six Degrees® can help you to set up a small monthly or weekly donation. The link is on the home page. - Provide our tax ID and mailing address from the top of this page to your employer and ask them to donate a portion of your paycheck to PAGER. Many employers will even match your contributions!
- Do you have any empty inkjet cartridges? Send them to PAGER and we can get $3.00 for each cartridge.
- Ask your relatives to make a donation in your name instead of a holiday gift.
- Donate the money for one gift in your child’s name!
- You can even send us those duplicate holiday gifts you received and we will sell them on E-Bay.
- Of course, we always welcome good old-fashioned checks!

Please consider PAGER when you give this holiday season. It will change the life of a family on the reflux rollercoaster!

Happy (Hurl Free) Holidays from the staff and board of PAGER.
Dec 22, 2008
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Wow, thanks for that post -- I had no idea we could help by sending old cartridges or items to be sold on E-bay! That's awesome! My good old fashioned check will be in the mail soon -- this site literally saved my sanity, and may have saved my son's life, as I received enough support here to stand up and advocate for him when my observations were being minimized by a doctor. We wouldn't have known that he has sleep apnea from his reflux if I had just thrown up my hands and walked away, which is what I probably would have done if not for the help and support I received on the forum and the information I read in the Reading Room. Thanks PAGER!!!!
Dec 23, 2008
I have 3 boys, youngest has gerd, 18 months of no sleep. Prevacid 2x/7.5 mg thinking of switching to prilosec.
We'll add PAGER to our yearly donation schedule. It has been a Godsend to me!
Dec 23, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
i am not able to afford a donation this year but i want to thank everybody who is able. this site has been mo0re then a godsend to me and a daily contributor to my sanity (or what is left of it!) thank you all and i hope that some day i am able to give back soon! merry christmas and thanks again pager and pager doners!
Check with your
doctor first!