Dance party for #dancingman
$40,830 of $20,000 goal
*Any proceeds not used for the #dancingman dance party will be donated to an anti-bullying campaign.
I am not comfortable knowing some of us still live in fear on a daily basis. No one should ever be hiding; not from themselves and not from anyone else. No one should feel inferior or ever have their voice silenced. I want this next donation to help encourage positive change in society and to help create an environment where we all feel safe and comfortable to simply be ourselves. This next donation is dedicated to all of those in the LGBTQ community. I wholeheartedly understand, accept and embrace all of you. I want us to live together in a world where your civil rights are no longer denied. The love you feel is equal to mine and nobody has the right to ever take that from you. Your voices are powerful and they should no longer be muffled. Now is your time.
This donation will be used to support LGBTQ youth in crisis by furthering the life-saving and life-affirming mission of The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Trevor works to end suicide by providing accredited nationwide resources such as the Trevor Lifeline, a free, confidential, 24/7 phone counseling lifeline to young people 13-24 thinking of suicide, TrevorChat and TrevorText, secure digital instant messaging services for LGBTQ youth in crisis, and a variety of additional LGBTQ-competent educational resources and training for youth service providers.
With the funding from this campaign, Trevor will be able to train up to 5 volunteer counselors to support their crisis intervention services and further create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for everyone. Your gifts help demonstrate the importance of a dedicated support network and let young people in crisis know that they are never alone.
To learn more about The Trevor Project’s life-saving work, please visit www.thetrevorproject.org.
If you are thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate support. Please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.
This single donation will offer 125 counseling sessions to victims of digital abuse. I am still in awe at how many of us were touched by this story and at what our hearts created together. Once again, thank you very very very much. This gift was made possible by each and every one of you.
The Cybersmile Foundation was founded in 2010 in response to the increasing number of cyberbullying related incidents that are devastating lives around the world. They are a multi award-winning cyberbullying non-profit organization committed to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns.
The Cybersmile Foundation is committed to helping everyone realize their true potential by supporting those that are bullied online, changing the behavior of the bullies themselves and through education – preparing this and further generations for a safe and positive digital future.
To learn more about The Cybersmile Foundation please visit their website at:
Today we are happy to share that a second donation of $10,000 will be made to Kidscape out of London, United Kingdom.
Kidscape has been working to equip young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK since 1985.
Kidscape has a beautiful vision that we are very happy to support. They believe all children should be able to grow up in a world free from bullying and abuse, and that all adults should keep children safe and help them to reach their full potential.
This donation will help ensure children live in a safe and nurturing environment. Kidscape is committed to providing training, support and advice to children, parents, schools and those in professional contact with young people. This donation will help expand knowledge and the development of confidence and skills to challenge abuse and bullying in all its forms.
Please learn more about Kidscape by visiting their website.
I am thrilled beyond words to announce the first foundation chosen to receive a $10,000 donation is the Megan Meier Foundation out of Saint Charles, Missouri.
The mission of the Megan Meier Foundation is to promote awareness, education and positive change in response to the issues surrounding bullying, cyberbullying and suicide.
The Megan Meier Foundation is in the process of an office renovation to expand their Resource Center that offers personal guidance and support to individuals and families who are experiencing bullying and/or cyberbullying situations. The goal of this area of the Foundation is to provide validation and appropriate resources so these individuals are able to effectively resolve these frustrating and scary situations. The Foundation offers other targeted programs which include middle- and high-school leadership workshops, a scholarship program, community outreach, Megan Meier Day, and speaking engagements for students, educators, parents and other professional groups. In an effort to provide a greater scope of services and more individualized assistance to struggling families, the expansion of the Resource Center (which serves on a national level), will offer more therapeutic and services. Services will include access to an on-site mental health provider, one-on-one mentoring, youth group activities, a means of independent creative activities associated with art and computers, and team leader training for our leadership workshops.
This donation of $10,000 will touch the lives of over 1,500 children, parents, or educators that seek assistance through the Foundation.
Please take some time to click the below link to learn more about Megan's story and this incredible foundation.
@Denise Parzych As horrible as cancer is, I would never give money to a person with such a horrid attitude as you, I did a little research and saw your comments on other peoples pages, there might be a reason among them as to why people choose not to help you. Before you utter yourself on the internet or anywhere in fact, it's important to think of how your words will be read, no illness can save you from being judge by your actions. If I saw that you was kind and caring of others (regardless of this story) I would have donated but since all I see in your comment history make me wrinkle my nose in disgust, I make the choice not too. Regardless, good luck with the cancer and hopefully someone will give you the money you need.
I am a Brit living in Los Angeles and I am in the fitness profession. I was 55 lbs over weight and living in Liverpool in the late 90s and I made it my dream to be a personal trainer in Los Angeles. After two years of weight loss and money saving, I made it to LAX. 17 years on, I love this city and l love my career. This story has moved me to tears. Thank you for caring and good luck to Sean, I hope you enjoy my adopted home town!
@denise - people have the right to donate their money to whatever they want to. its THEIR money and they are free to do what THEY see fit. I haven't donated yet, but I do donate to findraisers here quite often. i am more willing to donate money who are trying to have fun than someone who is mean and nasty. i get it, you are trying to live, but in being upset and posting what you did, you have potentially turned off a few donations...mine included. people don't have to donate money to anything, and many dont. you don't know if any of these donations came from people who were bullied. you don't know if any of these people were close to suicide, and many people who are bullied do. you don't know why he is overweight either. your comment on his weight is EXACTLY the reason this fundraiser is going. good job. PS- you should probably look up the definition of priority because you clearly don't have an understanding of the word. PPS- KEEP DANCING, DANCING MAN! if tickets are sold to this dance party i will gladly purchase one :)
To anyone who wishes ill to those involved in this campaign... Take a moment to ask why you would be against one human lifting another human up. The strong don't use their strength to put others down. They use it to lift others up. This campaign is not for dancing man. Its true purpose is for people like Andre and Juan, and anyone else who feel angry that this has happened. It is to show that good hearts are stronger then the mean hearted. I pray this message makes it through to anyone who has been incapable of feeling that goodness so far. I pray you know the feelings of blessing at some point in your future.
Denise oh, Denise... I'm so sorry. Your pain is actually rolling off the screen at me, it's so intense and so... big. I really am sorry. I read through all the comments after yours and I noticed nobody mentioned the thing that jumped out at me, so I will. Documentation. Really? Documentation? That's almost entirely counter-intuitive to the whole notion of a site like gofundme. I couldn't survive the anxiety of fretting over the 'legitimacy' of the causes I choose to donate to. I just couldn't. That would eat away all my joy... and I just won't let myself sink into that place. Why would I? Might I be funding a fraud? A charlatan? A selfish git? Sure, it's possible. That's not the point (at least not to me). The point is, I choose... then I listen to my gut... then I donate... then *poof* I smile and never worry about it again. Each donation I give is a gift. So, if I give a "bad guy" a gift? *shrug* I implore the universe to not let him hurt anyone with my money, but otherwise... I'm okay with giving a gift to the "undeserving" (whatever that means). But, honestly, I don't think anyone is really undeserving... some people have been hurt a lot and they lash out... but that's not the same as being "bad". Hang in there, Denise. If you were in front of me right now, I'd love to give you a hug.
Denise, why would anyone want to donate to a selfish person. It sounds like this has been your personality your whole life. Maybe the cancer is karma. You live with hate, you become sickened by it. This man is hurting just like you are, but in a different way. Mentally hurting can be just a destructive as a physical ill. I myself had cancer, there is help out there. Quit feeling sorry for your self and find other ways to get help. Calling someone fat will not get u donations. Your heartless and selfish. Grow up before its to late. As for the dancing, rock on buddy. Have the best time of your life....i know you will
I will admit I was pissed when I heard about this story. I have stage 4b Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and struggling to get donations to help me fight this cancer. I mean how the hell can a guy get 40k raised for him to have a party because he was made fun of because of his weight when I'm fighting for my very life and cant get a single penny to help me fight this cancer? Then I read Denises' comment. She said everything that was in my heart, but I realized something: God doesn't want me to be resentful over someone else receiving more blessings than me. Just because I haven't received any help doesn't mean that I wont. I know God will provide when the time is right for me to receive it. Denise don't stop fighting and please be patient God is working on your blessing, and Dancing Man don't stop dancing cause I know what its like to be made fun of. I grew up being harassed because of my red hair (which I no longer have cause I'm bald as fook lol) For everyone that's fighting I have one thing to say #keepgoing
Denise....you are ashamed at the foolishness being funded? Really. Why are you ashamed? Has nothing to do with you. Who is being the bully here? As a cancer survivor...I will pray for you. I know the hardship. Maybe you need the therapy. Be happy for others. Maybe it would be good if you didnt read the various fund raising sites.....as they seem to add to your frustration. Good luck in your fight! Dancingman......you are the MAN!! Have an awesome party! You deserve it!
Denise - I too am fundraising on here for cancer related surgery. At first when I saw the trending campaigns, I was truly envious. All I need is $2000 (AUD!) so I can go ahead with my surgery and I was like "this is so not fair..." and I felt sad and frustrated. I have a 6 year old son that I raise alone and if something happens to me, he has no parents. But at the end of the day, we can't hate on those who are having their dreams come true. Saying #dancingman should lose weight etc is just plain mean. Bullying is awful - I've experienced it my whole life and we should be happy that there is people out there that will get behind your cause if they believe in it. I can't make people wanna love my double mastectomy and reconstruction of fake boobies - it's not a fun and happy topic! But if we having a good heart, we'll get what we need eventually too. Love to everyone who makes such generous donations on this wonderful site. xxx
Ease up, Denise. Your attitude isn't exactly endearing other people to your cause, in turn. I get that you're probably very stressed out and I sympathise with you, but people are entitled to put their money where they wish. It's their money, they don't owe it to you.
I truly wish I could donate but right now I'm fighting for help with my husband a usmc who suffers with ptsd so I'm raising money to get him help:) but if I see a rude post on here I look at you like you must have no life.everyone who isn't one here is born here for a reason whether or not that reason is good to you does not matter we all have issues that we are struggling with Daily and I support this young lady and her campaign if I was able to donate I would
Please do not leave negative comments on here just because you deem it a "stupid or useless cause." I am very happy to see how many people decided to help. Bullying is such a horrible thing. I cannot stand people who bully and even those who are coming on here to leave their negativity are bullying. Being a victim of bullying at a young age (especially because of being overweight), I know exactly the kind of scars it can leave. I feel like someone who got bullied receiving therapy is no different than a cancer patient receiving their treatment; both not receiving them could lead to fatal consequences, such as death. Just because you were able to have tough skin and "shake off" any negative remarks people made about you, it doesn't mean someone else can do the same. Some people end up doing extremely terrible things to themselves because of what comes out of others mouths. If you come here and complain about how no one gives you money and this person has a lot donated, please change your views and perhaps life will begin to improve. Be thankful for what you have and be more respectful... there are people who have NOTHING donated at all- like me haha... (oh by the way, please donate (pilsencats) but still manage to remain hopeful that things will get better. Blessings xx
Dear Sandra, my heart hurts for you. It really does. But being mean and nasty is not the best way to get people's attention to your cause. Some may have even sought you out from here to help had you not reacted so harshly. People are entitled to donate as they see fit. Just because you've been through a lot, doesn't make you more deserving than this man. You don't know what his entire life has been like. You only know of the one instance he was picked on that went public. Maybe next time try and be more humble and some of these people might be more than willing to help if they can. You can't act like a tyrant just because this went viral and his cause is getting more attention than yours. I wish you all the best on your journey and I hope you get the help you're looking for.
As a victim of bullying my entire life because of my weight by my peers, I just want to say that you are an inspiration to me. Forget the ones who bring you down and only surround yourself with those who lift you up! Dance on dancing man! Maybe we can have a dance together someday! :)
I have CANCER I am trying to raise money to LIVE and pay BILLS. It seems trying to LIVE is less popular than a GROWN man being "bullied." SERIOUSLY people, get your priorities straight. All he has to do is go on a diet. Bullying has been around since time began and he is an ADULT capable of defending himself. I am ashamed at some of the "POPULAR" fund raisers, birthday parties, the fund raisers with big dramatic stories and pictures. The man who needs a car to get to work already got over $25K. Come on...think about what you fund. How 'bout the Mothers who raised MILLIONS for "great" birthday parties for their kids? How about the kick-starter campaign that raised $50K for a man to make MAYONNAISE??????? Before donating think if this is saving lives, or actually a real need. Where is the documentation??? This is very sad as are many of these fund raisers. I guess I shouldn't have smiled, but that is what I do. I am ashamed at the foolishness being funded. I was "bullied" as a child, and teen, I didn't sue, I am not bitter and if someone makes fun of me now, as an adult, I feel sorry for them. If I can walk around bald, swollen and looking like a monster, anyone can. Again, so sad. REALLY? THERAPY people, THERAPY.
Melissa is RIGHT!!!
Always dance like nobody is watching. And if they are watching and not dancing themselves then they are in awe. Just keep dancing. :)