Save Lyon-Martin Launches '30 Days of Health' campaign

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Save Lyon-Martin Launches first annual 30 Days of Health campaign

"I'm going to bike 10 miles every day for 30 days. That's a big commitment but I'm a patient at Lyon-Martin and this clinic and my community's health is important to me." -- Sabrina Alonso.

San Francisco, August 24, 2011: Lyon-Martin Heath Services and Save Lyon-Martin are thrilled to kick off our first annual 30 Days of Health campaign. A fun, interactive way to raise money for our beloved community clinic, 30 Days of Health has the goal to raise $150,000 so that the clinic may thrive into the year's end.

30 Days of Health has a simple premise: participants choose a health-related goal for the month of September and recruit supporters to help them reach that goal. Each participant pays $10 to register and commits to raising a minimum of $300, although some have aimed as high as $5000. These health goals can be anything from doing yoga or learning a new sport or skill, to quitting smoking or taking vitamins. Participants can reach a specific fitness goal or even volunteer to help benefit the health or wellbeing of others.

All funds raise go directly to Lyon-Martin Health Services and participants are strongly encouraged to form teams and spread the word.

As the Bay Area community may know, Lyon-Martin has had a very trying year and came close to shutting its clinic's doors in January. With tremendous community support, sparked by organizers who formed the grassroots organization Save Lyon-Martin, over half a million dollars was raised to keep the clinic open and operating, a testament to San Francisco's dedication to providing quality health care to marginalized communities. Since January, community members have spearheaded the re-structuring and revitalization of Lyon-Martin, and the clinic is finally beginning to stabilize. 30 Days of Health is Lyon-Martin's campaign to continue community fundraising and support to ensure the clinic stays open for years to come.

However, this can't be done without the help of our community! To register and set up a page, visit http://www.firstgiving.com/87522/30days-of-health

About Lyon-Martin Health Services:
Lyon-Martin Health Services was founded in 1979 by a group of medical providers and health activists as clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care. Named after Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, feminists and well-known LGBTQ civil rights activists, the clinic soon became a model for culturally sensitive community-based health care.

Since 1993, Lyon-Martin also has provided case management and primary healthcare in programs specifically designed for very low-income and uninsured women with HIV. In 2007, the organization added sliding-scale mental health services..

Today, our mission is to provide excellent health care to women and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment with sensitivity to sexual and gender identity; services are provided regardless of ability to pay. Lyon-Martin provides services to approximately 2500 patients. Currently, 77% of our patients are uninsured and 70% live below 200% of the federal poverty level; 43% of our patients are people of color; 21% are transgender and 42% self-identify as lesbian or bisexual. Fifty-eight percent of our patients' appointments address mental health needs.

http://www.lyon-martin.org/