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Contact: Christine Payton March 21, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Bryson Mestayer, a senior majoring in nursing at UL Lafayette, is spearheading a campus-wide initiative to raise money for Pennies for Pills, a community program that helps provide prescription medications for low-income patients in six Acadiana parishes.

“ We’re asking students, faculty and staff to simply donate any amount they can. There are collection jars across campus,” he said. Mestayer serves in the Student Government Association as president of the College of Nursing.

Last semester, Mestayer worked at St. Bernadette’s clinic, a health care facility in downtown Lafayette, as part of a nursing course focused. The clinic serves patients who are homeless and/or underinsured.

“ That experience really motivated me to get involved, because the money helps provide care for this vulnerable population,” he said.

Students in the College of Nursing raised money for Pennies for Pills last year. This year, they have issued to challenge to students across campus. “We got involved a bit late last year and didn’t raise as much as we would have liked. So, this year, we’ve made it an intercollegiate challenge,” said Mestayer. “We wanted to raise more money and also more awareness.”

The Pennies for Pills program is administered by and supports the Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic’s Community Pharmacy. The Community Pharmacy serves residents in Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. In 2010, it supplied prescription medications worth $1.7 million to nearly 5,000 people.

Document last revised Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:24 AM

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