How To Answer the Question "What Can I Do To Help?"

Written by: Cate Conroy

When a loved one is faced with a major crisis like a cancer diagnosis or recovering after a car accident, the first thing we ask is "What can I do to help?".  Thanks to fundraising sites like GiveForward, you now have an answer to the question.

Gone are the days when the most helpful thing you could do is bring over a casserole when a loved one is sick.  Now people have a variety of tools at their disposal to lend a hand, including online fundraising sites that have empowered families to raise millions of dollars for out-of-pocket expenses.  While we hope that the casseroles themselves keep coming, having a tool to help with the financial tool of a crisis can be a lifesaver for many families.
 
As the daughter (and niece, and friend) of a cancer survivor, I have seen first hand how medical expenses can impact families - even those with a great health insurance plan.  
 
A study by Duke Medical & the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients (with insurance) was around $712 a month.  By starting a fundraising page, you can empower loved ones from across the country to come together in one place to send financial support, leave notes of love and get updates on how the beneficiary is doing.
 
Even more amazing than the financial support that can be generated by a group of friends and family, is the emotional support that emerges.  Over and over users tell us that the emotional support they received had an even bigger impact than the check they received.  Between seeing old friends emerge from the woodwork to send help and reading notes of support left on the fundraising page, the act of rallying a community can relieve some of the stress associated with a crisis and instead allow your loved one to focus on healing.  So the next time someone asks "What can I do to help?" you can tell them to GiveForward
 
Posted on August 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM