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For those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), finding affordable and effective treatment can be difficult. Traditional treatments such as inhalers, steroids, and supplemental oxygen address the symptoms of lung disease only, not the progression of the disease itself. For relief from symptoms and a chance to promote natural healing within the lungs, many patients turn to stem cell therapy. Unfortunately, stem cell therapy is considered a new treatment, so it is not yet covered by insurance. However, some find it helpful to try a fundraising strategy. The Lung Institute wants to help you reach your goal to get treatment, so we’d like to offer a few pointers on how some people have used Fundraising for Lung Disease Treatment.
When preparing to raise funds, the key to success is starting early. It helps to give yourself a deadline. Once you’ve set an overall deadline, proceed to set realistic increments or “milestones” on the road to reaching your goal. For example, you might decide that the end of the first week is your deadline to have raised $200 dollars. By week two, $400.
During your preparation period, think about establishing your pitch and practicing it often, first in front of the mirror, then later to friends. This will help perfect your delivery and pace. This step is perhaps the most important, and when taken seriously, it will yield the highest chance of success.
Identify Those Who Care
Many people say that one of their greatest fears when considering a fundraising effort is the fear of asking for help. Though not everyone you ask will contribute, you can be certain that no one will help if you don’t ask. 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. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Talk About It
A compelling story resonates with the people you want to help you. Whether you’ve developed lung disease as a result of smoking, proximity to smokers or genetic predisposition, your story is unique story. When crafting an email, a social media 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 statistics on the effectiveness of our treatment. Make others feel connected to your story.
Everyone has talent. Whether or not a talent is developed, people tend to have a natural affinity for at least one thing. It may be painting, singing, dancing or telling jokes. The key is to use a 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. So be creative, and let your talents work for you.
Ask for Help
One of the most important things to remember when fundraising is that you don’t have to do it alone. Ask friends or family members to be a part of your team to help fundraise. Enlist your local church to rally around you in an effort to spread awareness of your cause. People are sometimes happiest when helping other people. Give others a chance to help you.
Fundraising can be an uncomfortable and difficult task, but a chance to improve your quality of life is a goal well worth the effort.
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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