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For those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) finding an effective treatment can be difficult. Traditional treatment options such as inhalers, steroids, or oxygen can unfortunately only address the symptoms of lung disease, rather than the progression of the disease itself. For relief from symptoms and a chance to promote natural healing within the lungs, patients turn to stem cell therapy.
As stem cell therapy is not yet covered by insurance, personal finances can become a looming issue. Some people find it helpful to try fundraising. With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to present 5 tips for treatment fundraising to help you reach your goal and get treatment. Here’s how many people have used fundraising to help them.
5. Start Early
When preparing to fundraise, the key to success is starting early. Many people find that, if there is no deadline, it helps to give yourself one. After deciding on a deadline, give yourself realistic increments to reach your goal. For instance, you might say that by the end of the first week you will have raised $200 dollars, and by week two, $400. During this preparation period, many patients recommend establishing your pitch and practicing it often in front of the mirror and then to friends to perfect your delivery and pace. This step is perhaps the most important and when taken seriously will yield the highest chance of success.
4. Break Out Your Little Black Book
Many people have expressed that one of their biggest fears when undertaking a fundraising effort is the fear of asking for help. Though not everyone you ask will donate, we guarantee that 100% of the people you don’t ask won’t either. The key to success when asking for help is preparation and the ability to present clear information in a way that moves people. Many people recommend reaching out to anyone and everyone that cares about you. These people can be church members, family, friends, coworkers, or even nurses and physicians.
3. Share Your Story
What resonates most with people when asking for donations is a compelling story. Whether you’ve developed lung disease as a result of smoking, proximity to smokers or genetic predisposition, you hold a unique story: your life. When constructing an email, a Facebook post or speaking with someone directly, give them a snapshot of your life and what treatment could mean for you. Share our stem cell research with them and the statistics on the effectiveness of our treatment. People who have tried fundraising recommend making others feel connected to you.
2. Get Creative
Everyone has a talent, whether that talent is developed or not, people tend to be naturally inclined to at least one thing. That talent may be painting, singing, dancing or making silly faces, but the key is to utilize that talent to inspire others to donate to your cause. Many people suggest offering something, such as a gift or small token of appreciation, to the people who donate. You could offer to send a hand drawn portrait for anyone that donates $20 dollars to your campaign. You could offer to shave your head or learn a new dance or song for $50. The key is to think smart and let your talents work for you.
1. Ask for Help
Perhaps one of the most important things to remember when fundraising is that you don’t have to do it alone. Ask a friend or family member to be a part of your team to help fundraise. Enlist your local church to rally around you in an effort to spread awareness to your cause. At the heart of psychology, it’s been found that people are happiest when helping other people. The key is to give others the opportunity to help you.
Although fundraising can be an uncomfortable and difficult task, a chance to improve your quality of life and take control of your lifestyle again is a goal well worth the trouble.
If you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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