Crowdfunding for eye cancers
Eye cancers are quite rare but complicated to treat. An eye cancer like intraocular melanoma might occur more frequently in white people than in other races. However, other risk factors include age and individual history. For example, people with ocular or oculodermal melanocytosis (pigmentation of the eye or the area around the eye) are likely to be prone to eye cancers. The same can be said of people with spots like moles in the eye and people with dysplastic nevus syndrome, a condition marked by multiple flat moles irregular in shape and color.
Eye cancers can be expensive to detect and treat. Both detection and treatment can be done in varied ways Biopsy, gene profiling and imaging can be used in case of detection and multiple approaches like surgery, radiation therapy and others in case of treatment. As in other cancers, early detection facilitates better chances of survival and hence it is very important. Because of the expenses, many people avoid treatment. This is where crowdfunding can be of much help.
Crowdfunding your treatment of eye cancer can be both detection based and treatment based. For the detection part, you can have one fundraiser and if cancer is detected you can create another fundraiser later. A fundraiser for detection should be made if you are at risk of developing eye cancer and yet do not have enough money to fund your treatment. In such a case, start a fundraiser on a platform of your choice and contact all your friends and family asking them to contribute to your cancer crowdfunding venture.
Make sure you keep all these people updated about the results of your treatment because you might need them later if cancer is detected. If you have to go for crowdfunding for cancer treatment, you have to raise far more money than you did at the detection level. This can be a lot of work but there are ways of medical fundraising which will enable you to raise the added expenses. Here are some ways:
- Create a fundraiser on a crowdfunding platform of your choice but be sure that that platform has enough experience with cancer crowdfunding and can provide you with a campaign manager for the service fees you paid.
- Write your fundraiser. Your fundraiser can be short but it has to explain your conundrum well and be lucid. This is of utmost importance. People should be able to follow your problems. In order to make the fundraiser more believable you have to upload pictures of your medical documents and pictures of the patient. If possible, make a video of the patient conveying a message.
- Send your fundraiser to your friends and family. These are the people most likely to contribute to your campaign. However, make sure that you can reach to other people too.
- To reach people outside your circles, use social media and email. Send your fundraiser to as many people as possible. If you think you do not have enough number of people following you, crowdfund with a team.
- A team is very important in medical crowdfunding. Your team will handle your fundraiser when you are busy in the hospital. There are a lot of people your team can reach out to. Ask them to share your fundraiser with as many people as possible.
- If you think you do not have the social media reach or you cannot raise the target amount through only one fundraiser, create a number of support fundraisers. Support fundraisers will raise a part of the final amount. Your team can look into the shares and reposts that receives and the amount they can garner.
Once your goal has been reached, you must let all your contributors know the condition of your patient. This is important as you are dependent to them. Thanking your contributors also creates good crowdfunding culture.