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Your Sister or Brother could be infected with Hepatitis C this Weekend

The clinic at 721 is now seeing 2 to 5 patients each week who now have undetectable viral counts. With one more test in 12 weeks they we be CURED of Hepatitis C. Every patient we cure eliminates the chance for your daughter, son, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or friend to catch the deadly virus. Just this week, I saw a high school student who was infected while attending a party where someone decided to do tattoos on all the people attending. This person was devastated, but with what we are doing, we will get the medication for free, and be able to cure someone who can move on and live a healthy life. We have only been open for 3 months. Patients coming to us need 2 blood tests before we can start treatment.The cost of these tests alone are over $1000.00. We have negotiated with a clinical research company from Miami to drive up here and help us. We will be at Pinellas Hope, known as tent city, on March 19th, to get blood tests done at no charge for the homeless residents there. It is estimated that 40% of the people living there have Hepatitis C. We hope to get 50 people tested that day. On March […] readmore

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4 March 15

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The Building Looks Awesome

Hello Friends of Love the Golden Rule. With great thanks to Mason Schawake and Korey Lightford, the murals and the characters on the building have added new character and life. Both of these artists worked very hard to give us a clear view of Love the Golden Rule and our mission. We thank you for your talent and your support. Please come by and see the new look. The awnings were installed last Friday as well, so now we don’t look like an abandoned building any more. Each step is raising awareness that we are here and sparking more interest in what we are doing. The clinic population continues to grow. It has been necessary to increase my time at the clinic. I am now seeing HIV/AIDS patients, and Hepatitis C patients from 9:00AM until 4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our Better My Image program is growing every week. If you know someone struggling with Obesity, please have them call 727-228-1650 and ask for an appointment on any Friday. We also offer an Over-Eater’s Anonymous meeting from 12:30 to 1:30PM every Friday. That group is getting a good attendance and is growing as well. The apartments upstairs have been demolished, thanks to the help of some great men […] readmore

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17 February 15

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Latest Updates

Hello Everyone, We are pleased to announce that our first two clients have passed their 8 week treatment and their Hepatitis C viral loads are undetectable. We are extremely excited to say the least. We are also continuing to grow at a steady rate of five new clients a week that we are getting into treatment. The great news is that they are reporting no side affects to the medication they are on. That is great news on the side affects front. Our obesity program BMI (Better My Image) is starting to take off. We currently have seven clients enrolled, which is a great start to a wonderful program. They are meeting with me one-on-one, and will be for the first six weeks. After which I will be asking them to meet as a group so they can get support and inspiration from others. There is a wonderful Overeaters Anonymous meeting that meets every Friday at 12:30 P.M. It is a great program for those battling the same addiction. Our demolition project will be happening this Saturday, February 14th from 9AM to 5PM. We will be gutting the entire upstairs so we can start anew with our apartments. We feel this will be the best way to get everything the […] readmore

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11 February 15

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MLK Day of Service

Hello everyone, We had an awesome day on January 19th, our first Health Fair for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Love the Golden Rule Inc. hosted 9 other vendors including, ACT, Sistahs of Compassion, Walgreens, Bay Care, and Hepatitis Main. We had over 200 people come through while we gave out weight scales to those fighting obesity, blood pressure cuffs and healthy food. This was out first year, and we hope to make it bigger and better next year. On another great note, our first patient started on treatment for Hepatitis C has become undetectable for the virus, and with one more test to confirm, we will be listed as a cure. We have many more just behind him and hope to cure 500 people in this year. We are in need of donations to help us get the clinic equipped with Electronic Medical Records and need at least $10,000.00 to do this. Every dollar helps, so please click on the donation button and support us. Finally please look at our new Mural on the North side of our building. e give thanks to Mason and Korey for the awesome job they have done so far, and we look forward to the completion. We wish you […] readmore

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25 January 15

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We are continuing to grow

January 19th, 2015 Hello Friends, The clinic at 721 continues to grow. We are seeing 6-8 new patients everyday, and getting approvals to put them on the life saving drugs for Hepatitis C. Or first 2 patients are nearing completion and we hope to see that they are cured. On another note, the mission statement of Love the Golden Rule is: we are a group of people dedicated to advancing and enhancing the lives of any one who ever had a dream. At the age of 59 I just got one of my dreams to come true. The right to marry my spouse. ON January 6th, 2015, JoJo and Dr. Bob Wallace were married by Mayor Rick Kriseman at City Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was an event to remember. We made history and want to Thank the Mayor and his staff for their wonderful support. Please consider donation to us. We have a lot more plans, and cannot move forward without donations. Remember: Be Happy, Help Others Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn readmore

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12 January 15

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Happy Holidays from Love the Golden Rule

December 22, 2014 The clinic is getting busier every day. We are at the point where our volunteers, Donna, Albert, Bill, Mark and Gordon are so busy that we need more help. Chris Schombs, our Executive Director is busy organizing and planning the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Day Health Fair that will take place on January 19th in our parking lot. We are now applying for Patient Assistance for Hepatitis C treatment on 6-8 patients every day. After our successful free viral load testing at Pinellas Hope and Safe Harbor, we are finding ways to get people who have been left homeless, by tragedies, loss of loved ones, and loss of jobs, get the help they need to get free treatment for Hepatitis C. We have already started patients on therapy and have patients calling us every day telling us that they just received their medication from the Biotech Company, Gilead Sciences, by UPS and are ready to start treatment. Our first patient is in his 5th week and we hope to see him cured by week 8. With all of this happening, I have decided to give more time to seeing patients at Love the Golden Rule. I will only work at the Health Department on Wednesdays, and […] readmore

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23 December 14

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Free Testing

Hello Everyone, We had an amazing week last week for the free testing event we had. We did a total of 92 free viral load tests, over a three day span. Day one was at our clinic, day two was at Pinellas Hope, and finished it up at Safe Harbor. We are considering it a big success. We would like to say Thank You to Bio Collections of Miami for their time, services, and support. If it weren’t for them, we would not have been afforded the opportunity to give these potential clients the ability to get a test done. Stay tuned for the next round of free viral load testing. Dr. Bob Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn readmore

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24 November 14

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Things are heating up

Hello friends, It gets more exciting every time I walk into the clinic. We now have 4 people on the life saving medicines to cure Hepatitis C and 4 more in the application process. Two of our new friends learned that they have cured themselves with healthy lifestyles and good immune systems. This happens in 10-20% of those who are infected the virus. We are applying for more grants, and beginning the plans for our first Health Fair which will be held on the parking lot on January 19th, 2015. We have 2 aquariums being prepared to provide nice tranquil colors to the waiting room. We have begun to clean up the apartments upstairs, in preparation for a nice “face lift” to the rooms. I am fortunate to have an Uncle with great experience, and multiple degrees in Engineering, volunteering his time to draw the necessary plans for us to move forward. Thanks Uncle Bill. Our purple awnings have been ordered and should be up in the next 6 weeks. There will be FREE viral load blood tests drawn at the office on Wednesday all day and Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, we will be at Pinellas Hope drawing blood to help the homeless population qualify for possible treatments, and […] readmore

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18 November 14

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Update

Hello Friends, We are excited to report that we have now been open long enough to get approval to start at least 3 patients on therapy for Hepatitis C. We are grateful for Gilead Sciences and Support Path. We have also just been awarded a Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service Award that will fund our first Health Fair on January 19th, 2015. We will need volunteers for that, so please call Chris Schombs at 727-228-1650 to sign up. We have also been nominated for the Diamond Award from the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We are so grateful for the recognition and support. Please consider donating to Love the Golden Rule Inc. Every dollar will help us treat and raise awareness of the 2% of our population who are infected with Hepatitis C, and 75% of them are unaware. Please get screened for Hepatitis C if you were born between 1945-1965, or if you have every experimented with drug use. Remember, Be Happy, Help Others Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn readmore

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6 November 14

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We are now seeing patients

October 13th, 2014. Last week was awesome. I had the chance to begin seeing those who have been waiting to get care. As I’ve told you in the past, nearly all of the patients seeing me have limited resources and have barely been getting by in life. They have been working on health habits, getting sober, stopping smoking, and eating healthier foods. We are now raising funds to provide lab work support for these patients. This is where you as the concerned follower and supporter can help us. Each patient will need to have a blood test known as a viral load. the Health Department will not pay for this. With the assistance of Gordon from Hepatitismain.com, we have found a lab to do these for $90.00.Patients will need at least 4 of theses during their treatment. The test normally costs $400.00. Other labs are needed as well.The problem is that lab is in Tampa, requiring our patients to spend the entire day on buses to get there and back, and most don’t have the fare. For us to help each patient, we need about $400 for labs, and better transportation (A Van) to help people get there. Oh yes, we are aggressively trying to get local labs to compete, […] readmore

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13 October 14

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