Crowdfunding for Medical Expenses Best Practices

What do you do when you are faced with large medical bills?  Have you considered crowdfunding?  Here’s a great article from Bloomberg regarding the use of crowdfunding to pay medical bills.  Why does this make sense?  Well, when you are in need your family, friends and other loved ones want to help Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 5.10.03 PMbut other than flowers or cards they don’t know what to do.  So, consider creating a MedGift support page where you describe exactly what you need.  Share it with your support community and watch our generous they are.  If you haven’t heard of MedGift we are a not for profit,  completely free, refreshing alternative to other sites such as  Following are are some best practices for setting up and managing your MedGift support page.Crowdfunding Best Practices

1. Have a catchy MedGift page title. For example, which sounds better “Kickin it for Kelly” or “I need help” The first one, right? You probably have already done that when you started this page …but you can change it if you like…now or later.
2. We suggest you include a personal photo of the Beneficiary – this really warms the page and helps to establish a connection with your visitors.
3. We have really made it easy to connect and post to your social media outlets – email, FB and/or Twitter. You should share your new page as well as subsequent updates with as wide an audience as you feel comfortable. You can do this and more from your “DASHBOARD”. To access your dashboard, just log into you MedGift account, select your page, and you are off and running!4. Ask you community to also “Share”. What we have learned is that when a page and comments are shared, your community engagement increases by nearly 5X ( 500%), When sharing on FB or Twitter as the organizer, you become “verified” and that seems to make people much more comfortable engaging with your page.

5. Update your page frequently-– 1x /week at a minimum and share these updates with you social media connections as well. Your family and friends want to know how things are going, but often times don’t want to burden you by asking.
6. Add Photos or Videos. This will keep your page fresh, grab attention and invite compassion.
7. If you are looking to raise funds, the more specific you can be about how they will be used, the better. Also it’s best to start with a modest goal, but do not hesitate in asking for what you need and you can adjust up /down according to your needs. And don’t forget to enable your WePay account. This is where your donations will be stored. Whomever you designated as the Funds manager, yourself or the Beneficiary, will receive an email within 2 days how to do that!

8. If you are raising funds, it’s just like the tip jar, people often prefer to donate after someone else, and so we suggest making the first donation yourself. Our experience indicates this will jump start your efforts. And adjust your goals and timeframes as you are comfortable.

9. Use the Wish List to pictorially describe what you need or how you plan to use the funds

10. Please also explore the calendar. It’s a terrific tool to let your friends know if you would like help with meals, someone to visit or perhaps even walk the dog, transportation to an appointment, help with laundry or any other physical related activity. This has helped many other MedGift friends ease their burden.


The MedGift Team

Think You’re Tough?

Think you are tough, think you are having a bad day?

▪︎There is a less than a 1% chance of getting Breast Cancer again after undergoing double mastectomies but cancer has shown no mercy to Tracy Baker and her kids.
▪︎Tracy tackled breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 34. She endured months of chemotherapy and her breasts were removed. One battle with cancer is tragedy enough for a family but this family is faced with a SECOND cancer.

Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer, TWICE! Check out her head shaving video that went viral at  Tracy is the definition of tough.

When You Are Diagnosed with Cancer

When you are diagnosed with cancer there’s plenty of help there, you just have to find it.  Check out the following Reuter’s blog post by Debra Sherman.

Another great resource is the Dragon Master Foundation (DMF) which is a not for profit organization staffed by volunteers that maintains a list of resources for those diagnosed with cancer.  Check it out at

MedGift recognizes the needs of those undergoing a medical or health related crisis are complex.  These needs may include emotional support from friends and loved ones, ability to keep everyone in your support community apprised of your progress, you may may need financial assistance for non-covered expenses, you may need specific items such as a wheel chair, hospital bed etc and/or you may need help with routine activities such as meals, house work, transportation etc.  MedGift support pages address each of these needs in a simple, fast and easy to use manner.   MedGift, the vision of Diem Brown, is a totally free, not for profit that is refreshingly different.  Check us out MedGift at


Bill Reif MSPT on Self Treating Trigger Points to Relieve Muscle Tension Headaches


Bill Reif, MSPT is a friend of MedGift who has over 30 years experience treating muscle tension induced headaches.  He is the co-author of The Back Pain Secret: The Real Cause of Women’s Back Pain and How to Treat It which is available on Amazon (just click the link to read more or order).

Bill has written the following overview exclusively for readers the MedGift Voice.  Thanks Bill and we look forward to more posts in the near future.
How to Self-treat Trigger Points -the #1 Cause of Muscle Tension Headaches
Up to 80% of all headaches are caused by muscle tension brought on by stress, poor posture or trauma.
We all deal with emotional and physical stress in different ways. Problems arise when we lose our ability to overcome that stress. This can happen during illness, when we undergo financial or family hardship, when we become a caregiver or lose a job, or lose a loved one.
The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to reduce the stress and assist you in self treatment of the pain and headaches that tight muscles may cause.
Q. What is a trigger point? We all have these taut, hyperexcitable bands within our skeletal muscles. Bands, which when “turned on” or activated produce pain, headaches, numbness, tingling, and or weakness elsewhere in our body.
Stress in the neck may cause shoulder, elbow or hand symptoms, like headaches, pins and needles, tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. Stress and activation of trigger points in the back or buttocks may trigger leg symptoms, like sciatica.
Q. What activates trigger points? Bad posture, repetitive motion, trauma, stress.
Q. Which muscles are usually involved?
Stress often activates trigger points in two primary muscles. The Sternocleidomastoid and the upper trapezius. (See illustration below)
The X’s show common trigger points in these two muscles. When activated by stress these points produce headaches in common patterns seen above in these illustrations.
Q. What de-activates trigger points? These 5 things will help the most in treating and preventing headaches.
1. Breathing and relaxation techniques
2. Meditation : learn to increase awareness of your body and you can learn to reduce the tension in those muscles which cause headaches.
3. Stretching: learn to stretch  the neck and shoulder muscles which are short and possess trigger points which cause your headaches.
4. Massage: deep tissue massage can decrease the muscle tension in those tight muscles. Massage tools can help.
5. Posture: adjusting your seat position in car, home and work can realign your spine which in turn reduces the muscle tension causing headaches.
Bill Rief, MSPT


PageSix Covers Diem’s Celebration at Rumble Boxing In NYC

The MedGift fundraiser and celebration of MedGift co-founder Diem Brown’s life was a rockum-sockum success.  Check out PageSix’s article on the bash:

Rumble Boxing Crew
Rumble Boxing Crew

“Diem Brown‘s birthday was celebrated just how she would have wanted it.  Diem loved working out, jumping around to music and spending time with friends, which is exactly what we did last night,” her sister Megan told Page Six of Monday night’s fundraiser at New York’s Rumble Boxing.” – Megan Brown Clarke

MedGift Co-founders Mark Edelstein (left) and Diem's sister Megan Brown Clarke join Rumble's co-owner Noah Newman
MedGift Co-founders Mark Edelstein (left) and Diem’s sister Megan Brown Clarke join Rumble’s co-owner Noah Newman

Co-founders Mark Edelstein and Megan Brown Clarke joined over 100 MedGift fans at the fundraiser.

Visit to see what all the fuss is about or visit to help us help others.

Diem Brown Birthday RUMBLE

Please join us in commemorating Diem’s birthday at Rumble Boxing for an evening representing all things D: sweating + jamming out all while fighting the good fight oh behalf of MedGift!diem-BD-Pic

Your (tax deductible) ticket includes the cost of class, rental boxing gloves, wraps, a water bottle and surprise swag + treats!

Reserve ASAP as spots are limited. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Keep the Fight Alive.

*Can’t attend and still want to support D’s legacy? Donate below or directly to MedGift on her behalf! (a 501(c) tax deduction)

Support MedGift through Amazon Smile

Reminder: The simplest way to support MedGift day to day is to sign up for Amazon Smile! Take seconds. First go to and BOOKMARK this as a favorite! amazonSmile-1The first time there you will be prompted as to which charity you would like amazon to donate to. Type MedGift in search and select! From then on amazon makes a small donation for each purchase you make!! Remember, you must make purchases through, instead of just The site operates in the exact same way! An easy peasy way to feel good about every purchase you make! Check it out – its a no-brainer.

Meagan Glover – MedGift Ambassador Extraordinaire

MedGift Ambassador Program

MedGift’s Ambassadors act as point people and liaisons to individual communities and personal networks regarding how to best utilize MedGift and its unique features for patients, families and advocates.

MedGift is  non-profit connecting those who need with those who care.
MedGift is a non-profit connecting those who need with those who care.

MedGift’s focus is helping those undergoing medical and health-related hardships – our users are dealing with challenges much more complicated than figuring out to raise money to take a dream vacation. As a result, our ambassadors, who have practical experience with the complexities of navigating the healthcare maze offer invaluable insights and empathy to those experiencing a need. Meagan Glover exemplifies all the wonderful traits our ambassadors share: empathy, sensitivity and how best to use MedGift’s unique capabilities. Take a minute to read her story, if you would like to reach out to Meagan email her at, subject line: attn. Meagan

Megan’s Story

Meagan’s son, Camden has short bowel syndrome, a rare and serious illness that resulted from a Camden with mom and dad Camden with mom and  dad[/caption]midgut volvulus the day after his birth. He has a broviac cathether designed to deliver nutrition/hydtration directly to his heart to sustain his life and a g-tube. In an effort to save his life Meagan and her husband transferred Camden’s care to Boston Children’s Hospital to enroll him in a clinical trial to start a medication to save his liver from the same IV nutrition that was keeping him alive. Far from home, and having to put Meagan’s career as a speech-language pathologist on permanent hold, the medical expenses were large. A close friend started a MedGift account for Meagan’s family to help sustain her family financially and emotionally during a very difficult time and while they sought treatment far from their home in the Southern US. ‘MedGift made a profound difference for our family, it’s was the greatest gift we could have received during our fight- and knowing Diem Brown‘s legacy was behind it all gave us the courage to fight despite challenging times.’

Interested in Becoming a MedGift Ambassador?

if you are interested in learning more about the MedGift Ambassador program and how you can make a difference reach out to us via email at  Visit MedGift today!

Faith Brown is Rocking it on Fox’s Star.

Star – Fox’s show about the music industry

Cudos to Faith Brown for rocking Fox’s Star television program about the music industry.  Faith is the younger sister of MedGift co-founder and visionary Diem Brown and MedGift partner and Fox News Vice President Megan Brown.  Check out Faith’s amazing dance performance beginning around the 2:11 mark in the following youtube video released by the show:  Gooder Than A Mother” – Cast of Star – JR Taylor.

Heather’s Heroes Raises Over $12,000 in Less Than 6 Days

Heather's Heroes
Heather’s Heroes

Less than one week after Lindsey Sells published a MedGift support page for her friend Heather Morris, Heather’s supporters have contributed well over their goal of raising ten thousand dollars.  In less than 6 days, Heather’s MedGift support page has raised $12,140 or 21% more than the original goal.  Of course, MedGift’s support page didn’t make this happen,  it was Heather’s generous support community that deserves all the credit.  MedGift’s role was to provide a resource that connected Heather with all those who care.  Check Heather’s story at Heather’s Heroes.  Please consider sharing this post with your friends. MedGift is the only not-for-profit, completely free, COMPREHENSIVE resource for connecting those in need with those who care.