DONOR TO MATCH UP TO $10K AS MAG CEO, HALL BOOTH ATTORNEY TO RUN 200 MILES TO FIGHT RX DRUG ABUSE

Contact Tom Kornegay at 678.303.9260 or tkornegay@mag.org

ATLANTA – An anonymous donor has significantly bolstered Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr.’s efforts to raise money for the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state by offering to match any donations that came in beginning on Monday, March 2 up to $10,000.

Palmisano and Trey Reese with the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. will each run 100 miles during the Umstead Endurance Run that will take place near Raleigh, North Carolina on March 28-29 to raise money for the campaign. As of March 1, the duo – aka ‘Team Think About It’ – had raised more than $19,000.

Palmisano notes that he must complete his 100-mile run to qualify for the matching donation from the anonymous donor.

“The MAG Foundation is honored and grateful that Donald Palmisano and Trey Reese would use this kind of innovative platform to raise money and awareness for the ‘Think About It’ campaign,” says MAG Foundation Chairman Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D. “We are also thrilled that our anonymous donor would step up in this kind of selfless way – simply to help the people who live in this state.”

Dr. Chapman adds that, “I am also proud to report that we have already had a fantastic response to this fundraiser from a diverse mix of individual and corporate sponsors – from $25 to $2,500 per pledge or donation – so every step that we take means we’re one step closer to our ultimate objective of eradicating the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Georgia.”

Individual and corporate sponsors can go to www.mag.org to support ‘Team Think About It’ with a donation or a per-mile pledge. Palmisano has personally pledged $1,000, and 100 percent of every donation will go to the ‘Think About It’ campaign.

The ‘Think About It’ campaign is designed to reduce prescription drug abuse in Georgia by raising awareness and promoting a comprehensive drug policy. Target audiences include physicians (i.e., prescribers) and the general public (i.e., patients). The MAG Foundation’s partners include medical societies, the Georgia Composite Medical Board, Georgia Pharmacy Association, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies, schools, businesses and community organizations.

Go to http://rxdrugabuse.org for information on the ‘Think About It’ campaign or to support the effort with a donation.

Also contact Lori Cassity Murphy at lmurphy@mag.org or 678.303.9282 with questions or to make a donation.

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