• Fundraising for his mom

    Asked by jkraus1 on Sunday, October 19, 2014

    Fundraising for his mom

    I am looking for support, and hoping that anyone here may be able to point me in any direction for help. I am a graduate student in Chicago who has done work in Kenya. The mother of a good friend in Nairobi has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and healthcare/insurance there is lacking compared to the US. I am trying to help him fundraise for her, and am looking for possible ideas as to where to turn. Here is a link to the page we created for her:
    http://www.gofundme.com/asmiletomary

    Any help you can provide in pointing me in a positive direction would be greatly appreciated!

    Julie

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      People come here all the time, posting fundraisers to raise $ for another needy cancer patient. I needed fundraisers myself, and many cancer patients do because it is a very expensive disease to treat. I was what they call underinsured and I lost everything including my home to medical bills.
      There are a million sob stores out there, so I wouldn’t expect much from strangers because the odds are they already have someone suffering in their family and they are unable to pay their own bills......
      But-
      Personally I didn’t raise a dime when I did an online fundraiser, but they are worth doing if you have a ton of FB friends and relatives all over the country. Of course post this on FB if you haven’t already, and send out an email to all your contacts, and get her son involved in spreading the
      word. My friends did throw a couple of successful fund raising parties for me, and raised thousands which helped pay down some bills. I don’t know if that would help her, but maybe her son could do it if he has a lot of local contacts. People do want to help others if they can.
      Good luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • jkraus1's Avatar
      jkraus1

      Thanks for the honest post. I really do appreciate it, and am trying my hardest to help his family out! Thabks for the advice!

      over 6 years ago
    • jkraus1's Avatar
      jkraus1

      Also, for what it's worth, his family are trying everything to raise funds there, he is a very good friend and I'm trying to figure out the best way to be supportive from far away. Thanks again for your advice!

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Hi jkraus1,
      Just focus on your personal contacts and get her son to do that as well! If you’re in school maybe you could get some help from classmates? And of course I would use social media as much as possible.
      Good luck!!!

      over 6 years ago
    • jkraus1's Avatar
      jkraus1

      Thabks again for the positive wordd and help! Trying to figure out how to help from afar when you've not done that before can be a bit overwhelming, but you've been helpful. I'm always willinh to take helpful advice. Any other ideas are always welcome. Have a greay Sunday!

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      One more idea and I hope that I don’t waste your time, by any chance do you know a nurse or doctor or anyone that works at major hospital?
      It is a long shot, but if you do I would go to them for help with her story and just see what happens.
      Because I’ve been in treatment over 4 years and I’ve gotten to know a lot of the nurses very well. And I do know a few nurses at my cancer center who have gotten family members flow in and treated for cancer there completely free and paid for. Not by government funding because there isn’t any to speak of, but paid for by private donations only. There is charity care available at many cancer centers, again private donations raised to help people who are poor and in treatment for cancer. It isn’t easy getting approved, I know because I was approved myself at one point, and getting someone who isn’t here in person approved is probably impossible without a personal connection...but I’m just saying it does happen. So again, go over your personal contacts and see if there are any nurses, doctors, or administrators who work at good private hospitals with charity care funds. That is my last idea! I guess I’m just saying to look into your personal connections and reach out! Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • jkraus1's Avatar
      jkraus1

      That might be a really good avenue I didn't evem consider! Thanks again for your help :-)

      over 6 years ago
    • kashubian's Avatar
      kashubian

      Funny you should ask this, I've just done some research on fundraising myself. Check out the Stand Up 2 Cancer website for fundraising ideas. They offer support for your event and you can alot a minimum donation amount, meaning you should be able to earmark the rest for his family. I haven't had the chance to look into that organization's finacials, but the ideas were very good and very do-able. An idea I liked was a cookbook with submissions from family and friends, then ask for a $5 donation for the book or an enhanced donation to the amount a person would spend if they went out to eat. And, they have many other ideas. People like to get things, and another WhatNexter had posted Choose Hope dot com as a place to get cancer support items, and they support cancer research with monthly checks, those are posted on their site. Rather neat. Reach out to everyone in your contacts lists, look into doing "round up" or penny jar fund raisers at a local merchant, check. Pocket change can help. Best of luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • jkraus1's Avatar
      jkraus1

      Thanks so much!

      over 6 years ago
    • zippymaus' Avatar
      zippymaus

      My co-workers held a bake sale and were able to raise a surprising amount considering we're a small company. (They rock, btw).

      Local shops in the small town where we work often put up flyers and donation cans for those in need who are locals. Don't be shy. Ask your local shopkeepers if they'll do the same. People are very kind and do want to help. Unfortunately, it really does take a village to pay for healthcare in this country and it gets worse each year. Even though we picked a plan with good coverage and my mothers doctors were, for the most part, willing to take what the insurance paid, it still ran into a small fortune. And if, heaven forbid, you are anyone you know ever has to go into hospice, don't fall for the "hospice is fully paid" routine. There are many things hospice won't cover while the patient is under their care. They refused my mother's insulin, as well as her blood pressure pills as two small examples. I guess they felt it would be cheaper to hurry her along to the grave.

      over 6 years ago

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