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General Membership Meeting

On March 30, 2016, during Let's Save the Brain Foundation, Inc.'s General Membership Meeting, the following were elected to the Board:

                                      President          :  Jose Leonard Pascual V, MD, FPNA 
                                      Vice-President   :  Philip Ramiro, MD, FPNA 
                                      Secretary          :  Martha Lu-Bolanos, MD, FPNA 
                                      Treasurer          :  Julette Marie Batara, MD, FPNA
 
                                      Board Members
                                          Carlos Chua, MD, FPNA
                                          Gadwin Handumon
                                          Grace Orteza, MD, FPNA
                                          Godfrey Robeniol, MD, FPNA
                                          Marianne Quebral
 
Congratulations! Rest assured you can count on the support and commitment of the members and benefactors.

How to Donate

Dear Donor,

Let’s Save the Brain Foundation is a non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since January 2012.  It was established with the aim of assuring excellent medical care for indigent patients of the Department of Neurosciences, University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) who hail from all over the country. These patients suffer from conditions of the nervous system such as stroke, epilepsy, meningitis, encephalitis, hydrocephalus, congenital malformations, brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, among others. All these are serious conditions that can be treated more adequately with sufficient resources. But they could be fatal in the absence of proper diagnostics and medications. Given the costly expenses needed for their treatment, this becomes a great burden to our indigent patients.

Let’s Save the Brain Foundation takes pride in partnering with many of the best doctors in the country who have chosen to be of service to the marginalized Filipinos who need their expertise. These selfless and compassionate doctors in UP-PGH do provide free services. However, funds are still needed for the other needs of the patients such as medicines, laboratory tests, procedures such as brain imaging studies, and medical equipment like life-support systems, etc. Oftentimes, the corresponding crucial care cannot be given to them so their conditions take a turn for the worst.

In response to these critical needs, Let’s Save the Brain Foundation established the Patient Welfare Fund and has launched a fund raising campaign from December 20, 2016 to December 19, 2017. The funds raised will provide indigent patients access to the necessary tests, procedures and medicine that will not only treat ailments at the soonest possible time, but more importantly, save lives.

Did you know that
 

            .. for every peso you give, a patient will be able to breathe for three more minutes? 
               Many patients need to rent ventilators to survive.  Every peso that will be donated will count. 
            .. for PhP12,000 (or just around USD 285), you can already provide an aneurysm clip that is worth the productive 
               lifetime of a patient? 
              And if you have more blessings to share, for every PhP100,000 (or around USD 2,350): 
         
            ü  Eight aneurysms will be clipped and secured, never to rupture again. 
                        ü  Two fatal infections will be fought, clearing the way for a new life.
                  ü  Two patients will survive a stroke with no significant disability.
                  
ü  Five patients will undergo lifesaving brain surgeries.
                  ü  Ten important MRI procedures will be done, so patients will be managed more accurately.

Let’s Save The Brain will appreciate any amount of contribution that you can give.

Donations are not limited to Php2,000 even if this is the largest amount in the drop-down box of this Donate Page.
          
  • When donating (via credit card, Dragonpay, Paypal), one does not have to have a bank account in the Philippines. The important thing is that the address in the Donor's Information sheet is the same as the billing address.
  • The Paypal option is for those with a Paypal account since the "guest" feature has not yet been activated for those residing in the Philippines.
Dragon Pay is a secure way of processing donations through Online Banking and Over-The-Counter/ATM Banking.


AN ALTERNATIVE WAY


Sometimes donations given through the Donation Page of this website fail. An alternative way is to deposit your donations directly to our bank accounts, which are as follows:

UnionBank
        Account Name: Let’s Save the Brain Foundation, Inc.
        Account No: c/a 00-070-0017045
Banco de Oro (BDO)
        Account Name: Let’s Save the Brain Foundation, Inc.
        Account No: c/a 002-348019557  

For those residing abroad, telegraphic transfers can be made as follows:
        Account Name    : Let's Save the Brain Foundation, Inc.
        Bank Name        : Banco de Oro
        Address             : Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center
                                   Amapola corner Estrella Streets
                                   Makati City, Philippines
        SWIFT/BIC Code: BNORPHMM


Sincerely yours,

 

Jose Leonard R. Pascual V, MD, FPNA
President


DSWD Authority/Solicitation Permit No.: DSWD-SB-SP-00028-2016
Coverage: National
Duration: December 20, 2016 - September 19, 2017

"Clot Buster" Recipients

Update on “Clot Buster” Recipients

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, a patient with an acute ischemic stroke was admitted as a charity patient at the Dept. of Neurosciences.  Since he came in on time, the doctors were able to administerrecombinant tissue plasminogen activator(rtPA), the “clot buster” that can reverse the effects of such a stroke. This drug, which costs sixty-three thousand pesos (Php 63,000.00) was available thanks to the generosity of a donor.  Two days later the patient was almost fully recovered and the only manifestation of the stroke was a drift when he extended both arms while keeping his eyes closed.  He and his wife are expecting a baby so when the new addition to the family arrives, that infant will have a healthy daddy to love and take care of him or her.

Then on Monday, January 25, another stroke patient was admitted with a similar presentation. Again, the doctors were able to administer rtPA thanks to another donor who gave funds precisely for such emergencies.After a few hours, that patient’s National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score improved from 19 to 4.  Patients with a total score of 4 or less generally have favorable clinical outcomes and have a high likelihood of functional independence.  His Glasgow Coma Scale also improved from 11 (Moderate) to 13 - 15 (highest rating), which classified his brain injury as "Mild".

Both patients have since been discharged and doing well.

Since Let's Save the Brain was launched in 2012, rtPA has been administered to 4 stroke patients who would not have been able to avail of this costly “miracle drug” were it not for our generous donors who share our advocacy to save the lives of our indigent patients.

Here’s a photo of 2 recipients: Mr. D. Ligutan and Ms. L. Caragay.You wouldn’t think they just suffered a stroke, would you?

LSTB's 2016 Starts with Two Newborns

Among the first patients Let’s Save the Brain Foundation, Inc. assisted at the start of 2016 were two newborns diagnosed with hydrocephalus.  The ventriculoperitoneal shunt, costing Php 12,500 each, will enable these babies to live a normal life.  We would like to thank our generous donors for without them giving hope for a brighter future would not be possible.