When Gary Stacy was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH), he knew he had to give back somehow. Gary joined the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s (PHA’s) Sustainers Circle, PHA’s monthly giving society, in March 2005. He is PHA’s longest donating Sustainers Circle member. PHA staff interviewed Gary to find out why he has continued to give for so long:
What is your connection to PH?
It is a very personal connection as I was diagnosed with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH)in March 2003 and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in October 2010.
How did you learn about PHA?
After I was diagnosed, I did what others have done – research, research and more research. I wanted to know everything about PAH. In the process I found PHA.
Why did you decide to give monthly to PHA?
I visited the website often and saw how it is such a great way to exchange knowledge and create a community of support. There really isn’t any other site out there that is as robust as PHA’s.
Why have you continued to give all these years?
Well, I do have some “skin in the game!” I know that my monetary contributions are being used to spread the word about PAH, as well as provide support and a sense of community for those of us that have PAH.
What would you tell someone considering giving to PHA monthly?
Everyone has a “cause” they get behind. This is mine! It affects me personally and the contributions are being used for research, programs and education. I refer them to the www.phassociation.org/aboutpha web page. It pretty much says it all!
Join Gary today in the Sustainers Circle to begin your ongoing monthly support of PHA. Members of the Sustainers Circle receive a quarterly newsletter designed specifically for monthly donors, as well as complimentary copies of Pathlight, PHA’s quarterly print magazine. Our monthly donors also know that their gifts are providing a consistent source of funding for PHA’s patient and caregiver programs. Join today and together, we can achieve our vision of a world without PH, empowered by hope.