• Any ideas on how to fund-raise for my brother who was just diagnosed (NHL)? He's missing a lot of work, no sick leave.

    Asked by caneenj on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Any ideas on how to fund-raise for my brother who was just diagnosed (NHL)? He's missing a lot of work, no sick leave.

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    • MamasLibrary's Avatar

      Try american cancer society[phone number redacted]) and call cancer care[phone number redacted]). Good luck and best thoughts your way!

      almost 5 years ago
    • CathysSis' Avatar

      Hi caneenj,
      I started a donation website to help my sister with fee's outside her insurance.


      The $4,000 goal is for food, child care (for her daughter) airfare, to stay with us for a month to care for her and help her learn better nutrition as well as alternative therapy. (Now that we have researched alternative therapies, Gerson, SD Cancer Center, Reno facility, the $ goal was a HUGE underestimate. Sis is still coming to stay but now we don't know what to do.)

      There are other sites to help get the word out for donations, I checked out 4, but this one only takes 5% of each donation (unfortunately), which was the best for what I was looking for. Also be aware that Paypal takes a %. To date, with the two, Paypal and GoFundMe, I have paid $500 from the donations received to them so far. It seems like a lot but the site looks professional, connects you to Facebook and Twitter, and without those I wouldn't have gotten as close to our goal as we have.

      I also found another site for keeping people/donators/ updated on my sister's progress. I also linked it to my sister's donation site on GFM


      I like this because it doesn't interfere with GFM's basic info about why we are looking for donations. If you post an update on your GFM site, it becomes the top post and moves the important (I feel) main story below it. Then new visitors have to scroll down to see the info. I looked at many sites on GFM before I made my sister's site.

      I am also going to contact some local churches to see if they would sponsor a bake sale in honor of my sister. I hope some of this info helps you.

      Cathy's Sister Coby

      almost 5 years ago
    • caneenj's Avatar

      Thanks MamasLibrary.... I will definitely call.

      Hi Coby,
      I'm so glad you wrote because I've been looking at gofundme and wondering if that's the one I should use. Did you set it up so that donations went to you OR directly to your sister? I was going to set it up to link to his paypal acct so that he'd have the money directly. Any advice on that?
      Thanks for the tip about caringbridge.org too. I will remember that.
      Thanks so much for the information. There are so many hidden expenses in all this. You don't realize it until it happens to you or someone close to you.


      almost 5 years ago
    • mikecraycraft's Avatar

      I have used GiveForward.com suggested GiveForward.com to one friend for a post-stroke fundraiser and another one recovering from cancer. I have personally used them for an event in June to raise funds for our organization.

      All three of us have been happy with the site.

      almost 5 years ago
    • caneenj's Avatar

      Thank you Mikecraycraft.

      almost 5 years ago
    • CathysSis' Avatar

      Hi Jan,
      I ended up making a new email via google and a new Paypal account for her linking to her bank account and mine. I put the Go Fund Me with my email and Facebook contacts. Cathy isn't very proficient on the computer so it was easier to keep it all separate and have me be the main website, email person and mover of funds on the Paypal account. Also she feels like XXX so much that she isn't hardly interested in reading emails etc. Also the light from the monitor hurts her eyes, I think because of the chemo. May all be things you might want to consider for your brother if he is going to start chemo or?

      Send me a private message if you need help and I will help you through it. I also received excellent advice on what to write for her Go Fund Me site. Thank god because I was ready to start freaking out on people and start begging and if you looked at my sister's link, I managed to keep it calm.

      I hope your brother can beat his cancer. Words can't even explain how you feel when it attacks your family :o(


      almost 5 years ago
    • joyce508's Avatar

      My best friend had a spag.dinner for me but we also took orders from people I worked with and had someone deliver the meals at there lunch time,People also made up baskets to raffle off I made a list of baskets like scents for the home.-pampered pooch.-things for kids- womens bath,-baking ect.. and numbered each basket I then was able to have people from work buy chances by having them write what # basket they wanted

      almost 5 years ago
    • 123wayne's Avatar

      Hi Caneenj, My wife had put a request on facebook to all our church family and prayer partners for money for me to travel.
      My son also designed a T shirt with the green lymphoma ribbon on a black shirt and sold them at school and to family.
      Also contact your local Leukemin and Lymphoma society for their annual $100.00 Patient Financial Aid. Also check out LLS's Co-Pay Assistance Program.

      about 4 years ago
    • Zack's Avatar

      My sister set up a bank account, I think most banks will do this, and just started going by word of mouth. Anyone with my name/story could put into the account and only my mother could withdraw from it. I know we raised at least a few thousand dollars that way. Hope this helps!

      about 4 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      check with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Also your hospital social worker.
      Here on Durham, NC we sometimes put jars or cans in restaurants with a note about who it is for.
      You might want to publish a cookbook. Unless you do it through an organization like church or Jaycees, you will have to put out some money initially, but can make at least a $1000 and probably a lot more. I recommend Morris Press.

      about 4 years ago

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