When Alicia McClelland learned that her friend Kimberly had been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, she made the decision to tie her upcoming marathon into a fundraiser that could help Kimberly with her medical expenses. By turning to donatewealth, Alicia was able to quickly and easily launch a medical fundraiser that enabled her donors to make a contribution 24/7 from any web enabled device.
Unlike most online crowdfunding sites that claim to be free, Alicia was actually able to keep 100 percent of the donations she raised. The reality is that so-called free fundraising platforms typically keep 5 percent of each donation, and this really adds up over time. For example, the fundraiser for Kimberly’s Fight collected $5,215. If 5 percent had been taken off of the top, this would have caused $260.75 to go toward fees instead of Kimberly’s medical bills.
Fortunately, donatewealth paid fundraising accounts make it possible to raise an unlimited amount of money for as little as $9 per month. As an added bonus, we include extra features that help increase contributions, including unlimited photo uploads and online payment processing via PayPal and WePay. Fundraisers can also receive assistance with their campaign via phone support.
Kimberly’s Fight Against Cancer
Kimberly is a nurse, educator and mother who is known to be caring and selfless. When she received a stage IV breast cancer diagnosis, her friend Alicia knew that it was necessary to offer emotional and financial support. Sadly, the typical insurance plan in the U.S. is not good enough to fully cover the costs associated with cancer treatment, and even the best plan can leave people battling with bankruptcy. Therefore, many people turn to DonationTo as a resource for collecting the necessary funding to avoid a financial hardship.
Alicia was already in the midst of training for her first full marathon when Kimberly was diagnosed, so it made perfect sense to combine these two things into one crowdfunding campaign. Alicia requested that friends, coworkers and family members make a donation in honor of Kimberly’s struggle and to commemorate the marathon. Combining these two goals made it possible to acquire enough support to exceed the original online fundraising goal of $4,000.
Approximately 12 percent of women in the U.S. will face breast cancer at some point in their life. More than 307,000 women will get a diagnosis this year, along with 2,600 men. Tragically, 40,450 women are expected to lose their cancer battle this year. Early detection and treatment is one of the most effective ways to survive breast cancer, so it is imperative for women to get regular screenings.
The good news is that breast cancer rates have been steadily dropping for 16 years, and there are also 2.8 million women living in the U.S. today who have dealt with this disease. In other words, women like Kimberly can benefit from the many medical advances that have been made, and everyone else’s risk of developing breast cancer becomes slightly lower every year. In time, it is possible that the most common cancer that women face will be completely eradicated.
In the meantime, it is vital for women such as Kimberly to have access to treatment, emotional support and fundraising options. At DonationTo, we believe that everyone should have the ability to receive top-notch medical care without accruing a mountain of debt. This is the main reason that we have created an easy to use crowdfunding platform that Alicia and other members can take advantage of without having any special technical skills or previous experience. Our partnership with PayPal and WePay also boosts online donations and provides members with instant access to funding.