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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Digestive Diseases & Disorders, Digestive Diseases & Disorders Research, Health, Public Health

Mission: G-PACT was started by a group of people nationwide who are suffering from Gastroparesis. It is not a very well known condition so therefore patients are often misdiagnosed for years and do not respond well to treatment for other disorders.G-PACT is dedicated to increasing awareness of Gastroparesis among the medical profession, patients, and general population. We provide multiple educational resources and coping mechanisms to the public at no cost.

Results: We have over 12.500 Facebook fans from all 50 states and 50 different countries. We have some of the leading GP physicians on our medical advisory board. We are also conducting the first IRB approved international research study into Gastroparesis. We founded DTP awareness month in August 2010 which has become an international event. We are very highly regarded among the leading GP doctors in the country and are the go-to organization for these conditions. We advocate on Capitol Hill every year, but also expand and pursue different types of treatment options outside of the FDA.

Target demographics: individuals suffering from digestive tract paralysis, caregivers, general population

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,000 patients, caregivers, physicians

Geographic areas served: The international community with anyone who deals with digestive tract paralysis, including gastroparesis, CIPO, colonic inertia

Programs: Free educational booklets, accessibility cards to use at restaurants, certain venues, and restrooms, support groups online and 1-800 support line, cookbooks for Gastroparesis, unprecedented international IRB approved research study, one-on-one interaction with volunteers who deal with it daily

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My beautiful 16 year old daughter, Faith, was diagnosed in September 2012 with Idiopathic Gastroparesis. We had never heard of this disease before, and to put it bluntly, while I was relieved that the doctors had finally could explain why my daughter had been so ill for several long months, I was also petrified as to what this diagnosis meant for my daughter. I came across the G-PACT website when I was doing research on my daughter's condition while waiting the two weeks it took between getting the diagnosis and actually getting an appointment to see her pediatric GI specialist. Many of the sites I found provided generic information about Gastroparesis, but the G-PACT site is different. As I looked at the information on this site, I knew I had found an organization that cared about my daughter and other people suffering from severe chronic digestive illnesses. Not only is G-PACT actively working to raise funds for research into diseases like Gastroparesis, it also provides support groups for and pertinent information about these disease to people who suffer from them. My daughter has been able to connect with other young people who also have Gastroparesis which has been a blessing because it has helped her realize that she is not alone. It is wonderful for her to be able to share her experiences with others who understand what she is going through. I have learned more about how to meet the needs of my daughter through the information provided by G-PACT than I have through any other source, including her doctor. We live in a state where we have no medical professionals who are specialized in treating Gastroparesis, so this information has been a life saver. I have just signed up to be a volunteer for G-PACT because I truly believe in and appreciate the work they do.

Jessy B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has given me so much information and hope. I have a 5 year old that has suffered for a few years, and I have learned more here than with any doctor.

Lisa592

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gpact has given this momma and her teen daughter a better understanding of what was to be expected so much more then her drs prepared us for ..we are still new to the gastroparesis world ..but with Gpact in my pocket of resources I'm not as worried or over whelmed with dealing with this disorder .. now if only we can get the world to understand we would be golden .. anyone who ever hasld questions that I couldn't answer I send them to this group.. school nurse and teachers as well as family members are all one the same page ..I couldn't ask for better support we love Gpact ♡♡

Elizabeth235

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

g-pact is an amazing organization and an indispensable resource for info about treatment options and the latest research.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So much useful information. This site has been a God send through this entire nightmare. I love the pamphlets I received as well. Big thank you to everyone involved!

4 Lydia G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This fabulous group has unselfishly helped so many; from information and support for those with the condition (s) to raising awareness so even more can be helped.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that has helped my wife so much. She can get answers to her questions almost anytime during the day and night. They really work hard to help others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis nearly 2 years ago after 5 years of severe illness. This is a disease that can make you feel very alone because it is rare, and there isn't a lot of awareness out there for it. My sister did some research online and found G-PACT for me. They've been a lifesaver! There's so much good information available through this group for people suffering from this disease, and they're constantly working to raise awareness for it, as well as working to encourage the medical community to find more effective treatments. I'm involved with the support group online, and it's been so good for me. There are so many compassionate people there who are willing to share information about the disease. It's gone a long way toward helping me feel less isolated. I've made friends through G-PACT's support group who will be my friends for life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my mom has gastroparesis and i am boarderline. this page helps me to keep up with the news and events regarding this horrible disorder. it also helps to know that we are not in this alone. thank you to the volunteers that post information and fight for us.

Tabitha H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been diagnosed with gastropareis since 2007. My freshmen year of college. when i kept throwing up and the diarehia i didnt know what was happening to me. I ended up going to the hospital the Dr. there thought I was anerexic. I tried to explain to him i cant keep my food down. They just gave a prev pav to take 14 days. I was scared and went from 148 pounds to 98 pounds in a month or two. I really thought I was going to die. But someone preferred me to a GI Dr. they gave me the test where u eat the scramble eggs and have to lay down for two hours so they can watch how long it takes to digest your food. Right of the bat after taking the test getting the results he knew it was gastroparesis. i was happy that they found out what it was. i would think to myself i will be able to live and eat and get strong again. at the same time my boyfriend and i were starting to date. needless to say even though i threw up my food on our first valentines day and many other days. he was always there beside me giving me support and comfort. We just made it to our six year anniversary this year on Oct. 31 2012.If it wasnt for him i would have gone crazy. My eating improved after i took reglan for a week before i had blurry vision side effect, so they had to take me off of it. and on motillium. for five and half years i was doing good till Sept. 11, 2012 I started to have severe stomach pain.mit was Gastroparesis acting up i went back to my same dr. again and now im on the gastroparesis diet it has helped a lot. the pain eased up. i have a follow up appointment Nov 20 th. the only things i fear are: hoe long will this diet help me, will i get it even more severe than what it is now, not knowing if i have to get surgery or not, feeding tubes, stomach pacer, im not sure but i have asked my boyfriend is still gonna stay with me even though i have a chronic illness, he said, "yes i will be with you like i did at the biggening when it first started to the end..." so i hope i have a long life and that one day there will be better ways of treating this illness. this organization helped me in dealing with the sadness i had when i found out that this illness doesnt go away, made me laugh, suggestions on how other people who have the same thing i have deal with their own troubles of eating, change of diet, dresssing for comfort, and better ways of dealing with the symptoms of gastroparesis. I would like to thank them in helping me understand and deal with this chronic illness.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have idiopathic gastroparesis. GPACT gives people like me a voice. They work so hard to advocate for people with this condition. I am always excited to see what project they are doing next. And they inspire me to get involved. GPACT is working hard to spread awareness of this condition so that we can have better treatment options and one day a cure.