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5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

18 Mar 2016
| Under Financial, Lifestyle, Lung Disease, Resources | Posted by | 17 Comments
5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

We all need a little help sometimes.

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

5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

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

5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

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

5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

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

5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

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

5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising

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.

Looking for more information on our 5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on our 5 Tips for Treatment Fundraising below.

17 Comments

  1. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Dorthy,

    Thanks for your question. Many of our patients with emphysema have seen positive results, including improved quality of life and being able to breathe easier. You can hear more of their stories by clicking here. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. dorthy showalter

    4 months ago

    will stem cell help me if i have empha

  3. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Nancy,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the difficulties COPD has caused your husband. Coming to our clinics for treatment involves travel and a hotel stay for 3-4 days. We are happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to learn more.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. nancy

    4 months ago

    My husband has end stage copd. He is in the hospital now and on the vent they want to do a teach on Monday . Will he still be able to do stem cell after all this?

  5. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Nancy,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Nancy Densmore

    4 months ago

    Does Humana insurance pay for any of it? I also have supplement insurance too. I don’t have the money for it but my lungs keep getting worse in this Michigan weather.

  7. Cameron Kennerly

    5 months ago

    Hello Karen,

    For tips on setting up your GoFundMe page, follow the instructions on this link https://www.gofundme.com/tour/.

    Hope this helps!

    -The Lung Institute

  8. Karen

    5 months ago

    How do you set up a go fund me page ?

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  10. Cameron Kennerly

    6 months ago

    Hello Barbara,

    In response to your question, yes, our Scottsdale office in Arizona would be the closest clinic to your location. We hope this was helpful, and for more information regarding travel arrangements please feel free to call us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best,

    -The Lung Institute

  11. Barbara buss

    6 months ago

    I live in Colorado is Arizona the closest treatment center

  12. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Joanne,

    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, to answer your question, it’s best to speak one-on-on with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment and cost, and they are happy to answer your questions. Feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  13. Joanne Murphy

    8 months ago

    I LIVE IN READING PA I HAVE EMPHYSEMA REALLY BAD WHAT WOULD BE A BALLPARK PRICE OF FULL TREATMENTS HOPE TO HERE BACK

  14. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Edward!

    It’s great hearing from you and thank you for your kind words! To answer your question, it is difficult to say when insurance will eventually cover stem cell treatment. There are a variety of factors and much of it depends on when they decided whether enough research has been published. As for now, we always recommend that it is better to act now than wait until later. Given the degenerative nature of chronic lung disease, time can mean worse health in the long run. However, please give us a call today to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 and find out what stem cell therapy can mean for your oxygen dependency.

    Thanks again Edward and we look forward to hearing from you!

    -The Lung Institute

  15. Edward

    9 months ago

    Is the stem cell treatment going to be covered by insurance companies anytime in the future, or should I just plan on paying for it out of pocket? I believe that the treatment would be extremely beneficial to me and possibly get me off of the oxygen dependancy that I am on currently. Thanks for all that you guys, and girls do for everybody!!!! I hope to be one of your success stories one day at the newly opening Dallas location, as I am from Sanger, TX.

  16. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Good Afternoon Sharon,

    We’re sorry to hear about you losing your voice and we hope you’re otherwise doing well. To answer your last question first, our clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona would be the closest available clinic to you on the west coast. In response to your question regarding costs, the cost of treatment depends on a variety of personal health factors so the best method to have your questions answered is to reach out to us at info@lunginstitute.com. One of our patient coordinators will quickly respond and can answer any and all questions you may have regarding treatment!

    We look forward to hearing from you Sharon and feel better!

    -The Lung Institute

  17. Sharon Williams

    9 months ago

    I’m not thinking of asking my church to have a fund raiser to raise money for me to have Stem Cell treatment. Can you give me the amount it will cost for everything please. I have lost my voice with this so I have to communicate by TEX or email. I live in California, so is AZ the closet place to go to get the treatments or is there a place in California to have this done.
    Thank you so much
    Sharon Williams
    God bless you 💕

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