Fundraising Aspirations

After a suggestion I have started looking into creating a fundraiser to help with…well everything.  Evan is unable to work due to his condition.  It seems like the ideas of something growing in a person’s brain makes him unemployable.  But honestly, it is the best for his health right now.  We have a small daughter to take care of and bills to pay.  Medical expenses and traveling add up quickly, as I am sure many people experience.  We are looking into sperm banking and storage, which adds up.  At the end of September we are moving and will need assistance with that as well.  I have a degree and am licensed to teach high school in North Carolina, which I have for three years.  I went back to work in January as an end-of-school year hire.  Addi was taken care of by Evan, whose health declined rapidly toward the end of the semester, so I am not able, nor comfortable going back to work in the fall.   

At first I was seriously against asking for help, but upon further discussion and thought I figured creating an online fundraiser to ask for help could be beneficial for many reasons. 

  1. It could take stress off of us financially, which would relieve stress period.
  2. This is a way to let people help us if they are able to.  If I ask my mom, sister or grandma for help they will do whatever they have to in order to help, even if they don’t necessarily have it.  This provides a way for those to help if they are able to, no obligation or awkward conversation.
  3. People want to help, but don’t know how or aren’t aware of our situation.  We live in a townhome that has no extra room.  There is family that wants to come visit and help, but aren’t able to do so because of the distance.  This provides a way for them to contribute, if able, and to help in their own way.

So, if you find yourself in a similar situation here are a few links I found that can help. I am currently looking into cancer outlets, but there are options out there for all.  Giveforward seems pretty solid and straightforward to use for people that need help with medical related issues.  The layout seems to mimic facebook or at least link to it.  There is also a lot of options through the American Cancer Society to explore. 

What are your thoughts on fundraisers?  Any platforms you’ve used that seemed to have helped? 

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