We are only 80 days into 2017 and so far, things are incredibly exciting here at the C Three Foundation! We have launched several initiatives, more than doubled the average daily activity on our website, and we are prepping for two trips that will result in both fundraising and outreach opportunities.
Unfortunately, the C Three Foundation has also had more than just a few disappointments already in 2017, but as Claudia and I often say in troubling times, "onward and upward" until we reach our goals. That perseverance is at the heart of everything we do because we know that lives depend on our work.
Funding falls through
Donors rescue programs
Thanks to donors, we have been able to launch our first program specifically designed for supporting spouses and significant others. We call the program "SOS" because addiction can make a family feel like a sinking ship. Every single day we have people who reach out to us desperate for help and it's frustrating when someone has made the decision to begin treatment for alcohol use disorder using the Sinclair Method, but their husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or close friend actively discourages them from anything that does not include total and complete abstinence. The SOS Program is a bridge to help those who have been hurt by the alcohol addiction of someone they love, because addiction affects more than just the person drinking.
Thanks to one generous donor, we are a lot closer to the completion of the TSM Drink Diary smartphone app. This smartphone app will include a timer, which the individual will set when they take their medication. After the appropriate amount of time (one hour for naltrexone, two hours for nalmefene), the app will alert the user the medication waiting period has ended. This is important for extinction targeting. The app will also allow users to track, graph, and export their drink diary to share with their health care professional during followup appointments. We've seen the initial framework of the app and the developer is planning to send us a more detailed preview of the app later this week.
A team effort went into the donation that is helping us soft-launch PhyOP. B5 Books has been working diligently to help us raise money by pledging a portion of their net proceeds on certain items. When one of their customers told them his employer would match donations to registered 501(c)3 organizations, B5 Books took the incredible step of refunding his money so that he could make a direct donation and have it doubled by his employer. But that's not where the story ends. It turned out that his employer was holding a DOUBLE match month. Thanks to the donor's generosity and the quick thinking of Jaclyn Easton at B5 Books, we were able to submit our qualifying documents in time to turn what would have been a $1,500 donation into a final donation total of $4,500! This donation was enough to enable us to move forward on PhyOP instead of temporarily shelving the program.
The perils of time
Claudia has been working closely with a city in California in an effort to help a community homeless program find a way to integrate the Sinclair Method. In many ways, it is similar to our SOLVE program and may be used to create a "best practices" guide to scale both out and up at city, county, and possibly even state levels. Once all of the background moving parts have been aligned (and there are a lot of moving parts!) we'll share more with you. CC will also be headed 'across the pond' to appear at conventions in Telford and Edinburgh, with fundraising events at both locations. She also has another, as of now, "super secret" project on the horizon that will give C Three Foundation and the Sinclair Method national exposure. Trust me when I say, this woman is the busiest unpaid CEO in the known universe!
While Claudia is is 'FUN'draising in the UK, I will be representing the C Three Foundation at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) annual conference in New Orleans. Last year, the conference drew about 1,900 medical professionals who were there to learn about how to incorporate medication into treating addiction.
In preparation for the conference, we have created trade show banners (generously donated for only the cost of shipping) and we have created physician-specific marketing materials that are designed to convey how easy it is to treat patients with the Sinclair Method in a primary care setting. We are hoping that between this conference and the launch of PhyOP we will be able to expand our verified provider list from 30 to 90 in the first half of the year.
It's been a wild ride in the first 80 days of 2017, and we are ready to take on the remaining 285 with you by our sides. Thank you, as always, for your support. We could not do any of this without you.