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    How Crowdfunding Can Be an Effective Alternative for Medical Hardships

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    Crowdfunding has turned into a reputable resource for people who succumb to tough times and are looking for an alternative method of support. However, it inadvertently has also turned into one of the few places where people from all walks of life can come together for a common goal.

    Most crowdfunding sites enable users to connect with supporters by providing updates and uploading photos. This feature offers a platform for family and friends to leave thoughtful messages and words of encouragement, creating an entire community of support.

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    Michael Genest

    A campaign can typically be created by the individual needing assistance, or by a family member, friend, or member of the community. While restoring hope to those it benefits, crowdfunding shows people that no amount is too small and making a difference in someone’s life is sometimes just a click away.

    For example, Michael Genest has an incredibly positive personality with a “failure is not an option” attitude, even under unfortunate circumstances. Late last year, Michael was diagnosed with a very rare neurological condition known as Bickerstaff’s Brainstem Encephalitis.

    The medical center in which he checked into to was completely unaware of the disorder. Michael was on total life support measures for lung, kidney, food and all bodily functions and could not speak and or easily move.

    With his inability to work, the immense amount of out-of-pocket medical bills and two daughters in college, Michael’s family turned to Plumfund to crowdfund his medical hardshipAfter only two months, the campaign has already raised more than half of its $15,000 goal and the updates provided by Michael’s wife, Jordan, state that he is in good spirits and was moved to the top rehabilitation hospital in Texas. The support and kind words Michael’s from friends and family are incredible and inspiring.

    However, Michael and his family are not alone. Unfortunately, there has been a dramatic increase in people turning to crowdfunding as an alternative method of raising funds for hardships, especially medical.

    Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to connect with friends, family, coworkers or anyone in your network. Therefore, it also becomes easy to share your crowdfunding campaign and reach more people than traditional fundraising.

    Users can collect any amount of donations from anyone anywhere in the world. Location is a limit with traditional fundraising, but with crowdfunding being web-based, it allows people the accessibility of sending and receiving funds at the click of a button. By incorporating technology, crowdfunding makes fundraising simple and more efficient to help ease the stress that comes along with any hardship. 

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    Ermina is a self-proclaimed “Internet Wizard” with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. She has strong interests in using her skills to help nonprofits and socially responsible companies. As a former refugee, her biggest interest is humanitarianism and working to unite social services with modern technology.

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