Crowdfunding site seeks funding for lifesaving heart surgery
I've been a charity fundraiser for many fields in my time. Firstly it was underprivileged children, then funds to build school buildings for those who had no suitable place at the time, then Guide Dogs for the Blind and various animal charities. In recent years my focus has shifted more towards my local retro computer museum and medical research fundraising.
Tonight I was alerted to a GoFundMe campaign for an American guy called Michael Rhodes, who is in need of expensive heart surgery to give him a normal life. He's recently spent time in Sacred Heart and will need to go back regularly for follow up appointments. He will also require surgery shortly in order to continue to enjoy life as the rest of us do. Naturally, these things don't come cheap and his cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure will only get worse without intervention, so the surgery will soon be his only hope of any kind of future. However, no one has a spare $28,000 lying around, unless you happen to be seriously wealthy to start with.
So Mickey and his family have turned to social media and crowdfunding for help. Crowdfunding works for many people and here in the UK, we recently managed to raise thousands for several high profile cases. There was the case of the couple whose son was born early while they were in the US on vacation, the disabled pensioner who was beaten up and a homeless charity which benefited by several thousand pounds after one of their patrons had offered his only money to a student so that she could get home safely after losing her bank card on a night out.
Mickey’s brother George has posted a copy of his Facebook post on Mickey’s GoFundMe page Needing funds for heart procedure fast . In it, he explains the realities of life with a seriously ill family member. Michael's condition meant a long stay in Sacred Heart recently and he's also begun to suffer from regular ventricular tachycardia , or vtach, an overly rapid heartbeat which could cause him to have a heart attack at any time. That should not be happening to a man who isn't even 40 yet, but is a sickening reality for Mickey. He was first diagnosed in his mid-20s and is cared for at home by his parents until he becomes too ill, at which point he is moved to hospital, where the kind of specialist, expensive , lifesaving care he needs is available. Mickey already has a defibrillator fitted, but it can only keep going for so long before his own heart fails permanently. Had Mickey not been fitted with it, according to George, he would not have survived long enough even to write the GoFundMe post.
The best thing about crowdfunding is that you KNOW where the donation is going. It's personal, even though the crowdfunding sites do take a cut as well, of course. So why not donate to Mickey's fundraising today? There's a Nintendo in it for one lucky funder, Mickey says.
Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/heart-red-emotional-cartoon-29328/ by Nemo