Doctor Weibel, M.D. Speaks OutDepartment of Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 215-955-6590 or 215-955-0830
People In Crisis, Inc. was co-founded by Ms. Lana Samuel in 2003. It is a 501-CS non-profit organization whose mission is to financially and emotionally assist individuals who are suffering from debilitating medical conditions. These patients often lack the financial or the energy and knowledge to navigate the complicated healthcare system.
Lana Samuels and myself, Sandra Weibel, M.D., serve as Co-Presidents of thus organization and have enlisted multiple volunteers who always have our dedication to helping others in need. We have been able to assist patients in multiple ways including aiding financially for the payment of medications and helping them to obtain benefits and healthcare that they qualify to receive.
Unfortunately, despite our efforts many patients are still unable to obtain all their medical needs. These needs include transportation, necessary dental care, payment of medications and ability to obtain life-saving therapies that may fall outside the realm of their current insurance. To meet these needs, we are constantly enlisting the financial support of corporations and individuals to aid individuals. Currently, we have been focusing on two individuals in the most dire need, one who has received a kidney transplant but is struggling to meet his many other medical needs. The other patient who has multiple medical problems ans severe allergies has required medical equipment and complicated dental care for his survival not covered by his insurance. We need to raise a total of$100,000 for their medical survival.
To this end, we are currently trying to reach our goal of $2,000,000 to assist all our 150 plus patients. Any support given by individuals or corporations would be greatly appreciated by these two individuals and the over 100 individuals we are helping. For these multiple individuals, our immediate goals is approximately $200,000 for the treatment that is not covered by insurance.
Should you have any question, please don’t hesitate to call. Thank you again for your time and consideration.
Sandra B. Weibel M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Tobacco Research & Treatment
Medical Director, Pulmonary Care
Twenty years ago a man saved Lana Samuels’ life. Lana was seriously injured in a work-related accident, suffering a head trauma and neck injury while employed for Keeblers.
The man, a factory worker and bus driver of modest means, became Lana’s advocate. He contacted physicians and agencies on her behalf. He provided money to help pay her medical expenses when she was alone and desperate.
“His resources and financial help saved my life,” says Lana “When I was too weak to help myself.” Her friend’s humanitarian efforts so impressed Lana that she decided to do for others what he did for her. This started her on a grueling grass roots, door- to-door journey that continues today.
In 2003, she founded People In Crisis, an organization whose mission is to provide those in need with financial, medical and survival needs so that they can maintain a sustainable quality of life.
Lana goes door-to-door seeking assistance in all kinds of weather to raise money for the man who saved her life , because he has his own severe medical problems and survival needs. In an effort to help him by going door-to-door, she has met many people who were in crisis and also experiencing great hardship and severe needs whom she has helped. The number of people in crisis continues to grow as a result of our problem economy. She has saved the lives of many and had endured the heartbreak of seeing others die. In her travels she has secured the help of dozens of physicians and others from all walks of life. She has organized a 501-C-3 non-profit that is effectively helping those who cannot help themselves and would like to continue to help all people in crisis who apply for help.
Some Accomplishments: She has helped a woman who has MS to get a wheel chair lift and nursing care. She has helped dozens get free medications from prescriptions plans including Abbot and AstraZenca. She has contacted the Atlantic County Improvement Authority and secured a $20,000 grant to repair a home that was falling apart and endangering the lives of a mother and her children.
Lana came to the rescue of a reclusive woman who was too weak to help herself by securing a wheel chair and the medical assistance that saved the woman’s life. She is assisting a young returning Iraq veteran get medical assistance and directing him to veterans organizations that may be of help. She is caring for a cancer patient who lives alone.
Some of the remarkable people she has met during her door-to-door efforts are Mike Denunzio, a restaurant owner Sea Isle, who provided a fund raiser for People In Crisis. Mike also became a board member.
Joan Maddox, owner of American Diving Supplies in Northfield, who with Police officer Sean Griffith and Ann Marie Hoffman, provide Christmas gifts for children that Lana meets on her door to door crusades. She is also a board member.
She appreciates the many donors including an Atlantic City Police officer and Ben Newton, who used to be homeless. Ed Lawless who stand out in the cold during her door-to-door efforts and provide encouragement and funds.
Lana has scheduled a fund raiser at the Somers Point Fire Department with the help of Dr. Jeane Carlson, a member of the Board of Education in Somers Point to help People In Crisis clients.
Phil Martelli, St. Joseph’s University basketball coach, recently joined the Out Reach Committee. Other recent Out Reach Committee members are the owners of Liberty Lanes, Upper Darby, Pa and James Vander Gracht, owner of Merit Finance, Pa and NJ.
What You Can Do
There are many people in crisis who need your help. American citizens have already proven what we can accomplish when we all work together the way we did after 9/11. Let’s accept the challenge to do all we can for our fellow Americans who have fell on hard times. Your financial contributions as well as your time as a volunteer can help us all to triumph during these tough times.
Let the two huge acts of kindness done by Lana and her friend be the spark that ignites an unquenchable flame that burns brightly and eternally giving witness to the indomitable spirit of the American people!