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|Galesburg Native Helps Bring Prescription Drug Assistance to Town
|A bus that has helped nearly six million people across the country learn how to get lower cost or no cost prescriptions made it's way into this area.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance celebrated it's four year anniversary by rolling it's Help Is Here Express Bus here to Galesburg Monday. The bus helps those who are underinsured or not insured at all get information on programs that provide medications at a cheaper rate.
The bus tour is part of the PPA's nationwide effort to address the needs of those who are faced with chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
Galesburg native Ken Johnson, the Senior Vice President for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, tells WGIL the program has helped a majority of people who come to the bus asking for help.
"It's not for everybody," Johnson said. "But 75 percent of the people who take time to go through the application process wind up getting help. I'll give you a staggering number. 1,000 people in Galesburg out of the entire population have been helped by this program. Literally, one out of every 32 people you walk past in a day -- they've been helped by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. So we've had great success here in helping people."
Johnson also presented a charitable donation to the Knox County Child Advocacy Center before introducing television star Jerry Mathers from "Leave It To Beaver fame." Mathers was part of the tour as a diabetic to raise awareness of his chronic disease as well as getting the word out on this program.
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(The PPA's "Help is Here" Express was parked outside the Cottage Medical Group building in Galesburg Monday afternoon.)
(Ken Johnson, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Senior Vice President, presents a check to representatives of the Knox County Child Advocacy Center as Jerry Mathers, left, star of "Leave it to Beaver", looks on. WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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