This Father is Beating the Odds against Parathyroid through Crowdfunding
Your parathyroid glands are tiny glands, the size of rice granules in your neck, responsible for maintaining a balance of calcium in the bloodstream. Over activity of one of these four glands can lead to an excess of parathyroid hormone. This condition, called Parathyroidism makes its presence clear through symptoms like weak bones, excessive urination, depression, fatigue, nausea, joint pain and often, short term memory loss.
Treatment includes prescribed medication, and paired with consultation charges can come up to Rs 1-2 lakhs. For many underprivileged, low and even middle income families across the country, the expense can be tough to manage. Patients from such families have increasingly been turning to medical crowdfunding, an industry that offers an alternative for low income patients that cannot turn to loans and have little savings to lean on. The concept of collecting a little from a large number of people caught on quickly, and today, crowdfunding is the first choice when it comes to getting help with funds for thousands of campaigners across the country.
How a father is turning to crowdfunding to aid his daughter’s path to recovery
Parminder is one such campaigner, struggling to raise funds for his daughter, Manmeet, a young school student. When she began falling ill repeatedly, complaining of abdominal and joint pains and nausea, her parents took her to the doctor, where she was diagnosed. For a low income family such as theirs, the sudden medical expense of Rs 1 lakh is a difficult amount to suddenly raise. After desperately looking for options to help them afford her recovery, Parminder came across Impact Guru’s crowdfunding platform and created a campaign instantly.
Parminder now accesses user-friendly features like social media sharing straight from the fundraiser page, the option to allow friends and family to create support fundraisers and a simple, secure donation portal that would take only minutes of a donor’s time to make their gift. He is able to spread the word about his campaign to close and distant connections easily in minutes, and post updates of Manmeet’s progress with passing days.
Though crowdfunding initially began as a tool for nonprofits and concerned individuals who wanted to aid nonprofits in making a difference, it has evolved to include patients who can’t afford their treatments in the mix. Today, over 50% of funds raised on crowdfunding platforms across the country are towards medical causes, and crores of rupees have been contributed to save lives. Join the movement, and begin crowdfunding today for a loved one’s recovery.