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Cancer Fundraising Tips

Crowdfunding has revolutionized the way people fight cancer. While financial help for cancer patients from the government and organizations exists, crowdfunding makes it easier for people to raise the funds they need fast. GoFundMe can help you get both financial and emotional support from your community during this difficult time. Use our cancer fundraising tips to set your fundraiser up for success.

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Top tips for cancer fundraising

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Find an advocate

Creating and managing a fundraiser takes time and energy. In order to receive support, you will need to share your fundraiser frequently and creatively with your community. While in treatment, it may be easier to ask a trusted friend or family member to create a fundraiser on your behalf instead. Check out this helpful article for more information regarding finding an advocate for your cause.

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Be transparent

We understand that sharing your story and asking for help can be difficult. It’s important to be transparent and honest with your donors regarding your diagnosis and treatment plan. Make sure the fundraiser description includes key information like:

  1. How will these funds help you or your beneficiary fight this battle?
  2. What treatment will they be going through? (Chemo, surgery, clinical trials, etc.)
  3. What is the expected costs of everything?

Example: In his fundraiser, Help Esther Conquer Cancer, Rick adds critical details about Esther’s diagnosis, her treatment needs, and all of the costs. Esther also contributed a first-person narrative about her story, and there are links in the fundraiser description to her personal blog and to her treatment centers.

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Post frequent updates

Our update feature allows you to easily share any news or progress with your supporters. Share the highs and lows of the treatment or recovery process in your fundraiser updates. Your supporters want to know what you’re going through. Feel free to get creative with your update messages using videos or photos. Having an event? Try using one of our fundraising ideas for cancer patients.

Example: in his fundraiser #RichardsArmy Against Lymphoma, Richard provides detailed, honest, and emotional updates to his supporters.

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Rally support

Besides asking for financial support, consider asking your friends and family to help in other ways within your fundraiser description. For instance, someone may be able to help you run errands or drop off weekly meals. Read our post How to Help a Friend With Cancer for more ideas.

We’re here to help

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Our team will be right here to support you every step of the way. Contact us if you have any questions. Take a look at cancer fundraisers currently raising money on our platform. And if you don’t already have one, start a free fundraiser today.

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