Saturday, September 20, 2008

Charity Helps Millions Left Starving by Health Insurance

Local Charity Helps "Feed" the Millions Left "Starving" by Health Insurance

Manna Scholarship Fund was formed in 2007 as a 501(c)3 organization focused on filling the funding gap for individuals needing inpatient eating disorder treatment. Because insurance policies will rarely cover the cost of successful inpatient treatment, MSF is attempting to "fill the funding gap" for those in need of treatment. Manna Scholarship Fund is hosting a fundraising dinner "Manna in Motion" to promote the scholarship fund and to raise awareness of this great need to the public.

Atlanta, GA, September 11, 2008 -- Who: Manna Scholarship Fund was formed in 2007 as a 501(c)3 organization focused on filling the funding gap for individuals needing inpatient eating disorder treatment.

Why: Because the Health Insurance industry does not understand the significance of adequate eating disorders treatment, insurance policies will rarely cover the cost of successful inpatient treatment. This cost can be between $800-$2000 a day, with appropriate treatment ranging from 60-90 days, and often longer. This puts families of these sufferers in grave danger. Statistically, this illness is extremely significant because "anorexia has the highest premature fatality rate of any mental illness" (Sullivan, 1995). Without assistance, those in need of this type of inpatient treatment will have no other option but to pay the full price of treatment.

Being awarded a Scholarship from the Manna Fund provides the scholarship winner with:

· An active role in the choosing the treatment facility
· The opportunity to receive adequate, life-saving care
· Options to extended treatment that previously weren't available through the health insurance and/or to patients that have no inpatient benefits
· A greater chance of recovery due to access to the In-Patient services
· The opportunity to gain wholeness and in turn give back to others in need.

How: In order to provide adequate eating disorder treatment for those in need, Manna Scholarship Fund seeks to raise funds through many avenues, including in-kind donations, outreach programming that focuses on family investment (jewelry-making parties, bowling tournaments), corporate sponsorships, and grants. Manna Scholarship Fund has raised nearly $100,000 for scholarships in the past year and a half, supplying three individuals with the necessary inpatient treatment and reaching a hundred families through outreach. As the word has gotten out about the existence of this fund, scholarship application submission has sky-rocketed.

What/When: In order to contribute to this need, Manna Scholarship Fund is hosting a fundraising dinner "Manna in Motion" to promote the scholarship fund and to raise awareness of this great need to the public. This event will be held on Thursday, September 25th at the 1420 Room at 1420 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, Georgia.

At this event, guest speaker, Barbara Gaby of the Gaby Foundation, will discuss her journey through her own eating disorder as well as what it was like to be a part of a prominent family while enduring an eating disorder. Guests will also hear from Genie Burnett, the Executive Director of the MSF, in regards to the mission and vision of the MSF, as well as outreach and ongoing fundraising efforts. Guests will also be entertained by surprise performances as well as a jazz quartet. In efforts to raise funds for MSF, Manna in Motion will also hold a silent auction.

For more information about the Manna Scholarship Fund and the upcoming fundraising event, please go to www.mannafund.org, or contact Jesse Stanford at jstanford@mannafund.org or @ (404)-665-7725 The Manna Scholarship Fund, Inc. 2250 Satellite Blvd, Suite 100, Duluth, GA 30097.

Headliners:

· Up to 10 million people each year suffer from eating disorders while their health insurance leaves them paying the bills.
· Without treatment up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. With treatment that number falls to less than 3%.
· A local charity Manna Scholarship Fund bridges the gaps in patient's ability to pay for necessary treatment.
· Founded by Dr. Genie Burnett and Leslie Cox RD, LD in 2007, the Manna Scholarship Fund focuses on education, awareness, and action in offsetting the exorbitant cost of treatment.
· Recognizing the hidden "holes" in the typical health insurance coverage, Dr. Burnett and Mrs. Cox chose to go about fixing the problem the only way they knew how and not with the indifference that the Health Insurance Industry displays.
· The huge number of potential recipients that could benefit from a scholarship is simply so big that the Scholarship Fund needs your donations.

Contact Information

Manna Scholarship Fund, Inc
Dr. Genie Burnett, Executive Director
(404)-665-7725
info@mannatreatment.org
www.mannafund.org
770-495-9775

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