|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 but 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 gofu##me.com. 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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.medgift.com/help-tracy-baker-fight-breast-cancer Tracy is the definition of tough.
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 http://www.dragonmasterfoundation.org/resources.
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 www.medgift.com.
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).
“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
Co-founders Mark Edelstein and Megan Brown Clarke joined over 100 MedGift fans at the fundraiser.
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)
Reminder: The simplest way to support MedGift day to day is to sign up for Amazon Smile! Take seconds. First go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and BOOKMARK this as a favorite! The 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 smile.amazon.com, instead of just amazon.com. 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.
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’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 Ambassador@MedGift.com, subject line: attn. Meagan
Meagan’s son, Camden has short bowel syndrome, a rare and serious illness that resulted from a 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 Ambassador@MedGift.com. Visit MedGift today!
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.
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.