Rs. 8,15,915 in 60 days! The Successful Crowdfunding Story of Harish Rohra

Harish, who was new to crowdfunding, raised more than 8 lakh from friends and supporters to fund his kidney treatment on Impact Guru. Here is a first-hand account of how he did it.

“I fell upon difficult times in my life when both my kidneys failed me. The medical bills piled up and my health stopped me from going to work. My life became filled with uncertainty and anxiety. I didn’t have money for my transplant but gradually my family and I collected almost enough. Just when I thought life was resuming normalcy, disaster struck. My daughter, Parvati, was diagnosed with a genetic condition that was affecting her vital organs. Major surgery was required. We acted quickly to rescue my daughter, like any responsible family would. But we were back to square one in terms of funding my own treatment.   

One day while browsing Facebook, I stumbled upon Impact Guru – a fundraising platform. The concept of online fundraising was new and unfamiliar to me. But I had nothing to lose and decided to give fundraising a chance. My family doubted if fundraising would generate funds. They didn’t believe in the possibility of acquaintances and strangers funding my medical treatment and the fact that donors would have to donate online to help me, made them even more skeptical.

I wrote an emotional appeal to potential donors, describing the events in my life honestly and provided a letter from my doctor stating my medical condition clearly. My brother also took photos of me as I was going through dialysis treatment and uploaded them on my fundraiser page. The Impact Guru team helped me put my story up in a better manner and post that, my fundraiser was live and ready to receive donations.

I shared my fundraiser on Facebook and my family did the same. I had not been socializing much due to the various turmoils in my life. But Facebook helped connect me to my old friends, classmates and acquaintances. When they heard of my serious condition, they came forward to help immediately. Not only did all of them donate to my fundraiser but they also shared it with their networks and asked for donations on my behalf. With tremendous support from my family, friends and their friends, donations began coming in rapidly including from overseas; much to my surprise. Within 35 days, I reached my target of Rs. 8.15 Lakhs.

After the completion of my fundraiser, Impact Guru disbursed my funds within 2 working days. I am yet to find a kidney match but my family and me have been relieved of our major mental stress- money.

Honestly, this would not have been possible without Impact Guru’s platform and their dedicated customer support who guided me through every step of my fundraising journey.

My family has turned from doubters to believers and recommend Impact Guru to anyone who is in a predicament similar to the one I was in.”

Take a look at Harish’s fundraiser. If you too are facing a medical emergency and want to start a fundraiser, click here or email us at info@impactguru.com

Treatments for Cancer

In India, an estimated 8.8 lakh cancer related deaths are expected by 2020. These numbers are terrifying, and therefore it is important for us to learn about the little things in our everyday life that can be possible causes of cancer. However, for a cancer patient, the most tricky part is to recognize the symptoms of the disease and take immediate steps to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.  

 

Read more: How did Guru manage to fight Leukemia, cancer of the blood?

 

Cancer is treated differently at different stages, depending on the type of cancer affecting our body, such as  – lung cancer treatment, blood cancer treatment, breast cancer treatment, stomach cancer treatment, etc. There are some commonly practiced treatments, as well as new alternative cancer treatments. That said, the cost for each type of cancer treatment is quite high, adding significant financial burden to the patient and the family. Therefore it is important for patients and families to understand the health, as well as financial implication before taking a decision on the treatment.

 

Chemotherapy

More commonly known as ‘chemo’, it is the use of drugs to treat or kill cancer cells that have already spread in a person’s body. While radiation and surgery can affect cancerous cells only in a certain part, chemo medication has its effects on the entire body. It is often used as palliative treatment, when cancer is in its advanced stages, with the goal to reduce pain or improve the patient’s quality of life.

 

Radiation

Radiation is that one word which is most commonly associated with cancer treatment. It uses high-energy x-rays, gamma rays, beams, or protons to damage or destroy cancer cells, and prevent them from multiplying or spreading to other parts of the body. Radiation comes with some side effects, because the rays may also affect other cells in our body. Side effects include fatigue, nausea, hair loss, skin problems, appetite loss, etc.

 

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is a relatively new technique that uses drugs to attack only cancer affected cells. It is similar to radiation, but has different side-effects because it is more specific in it’s target.

 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses one’s own body and immune system to fight cancer. Certain proteins are given to patients, to stimulate their immune system to work harder in order to fight the cancerous cells. In most cases, it is used in a combination with another treatment.

 

Surgery

Usually when cancer is found in only one part of a person’s body, it can be removed with one or more surgeries by cutting out the cancerous part, and preventing it from growing and spreading. This technique won’t be efficient if a person has cancer spread in other parts of the body, therefore it might have to be done in combination with another treatment.

 

These cancer treatments as well as the alternative cancer treatments have their positives and negatives, which your doctor can explain best. But the real problem arises when a person already affected by the disease can’t access proper cancer cure and treatments due to financial constraints. Each of these cancer treatments have a draining effect on the financial position of the sufferer.

 

Regardless of mediclaims, insurances, or medical loans, majority of the Indian population affected by the disease is not in a position of afford even basic treatment for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, let alone surgeries – which would completely deplete a person’s financial savings, even if they have been saving for years. In these situations, people need to look at available alternative cancer treatment or different ways to raise funds for cancer cure, such as crowdfunding, to help them pay for treatment.

 

By starting a crowdfunding campaign, a patient can mobilize people who are compassionate to help, and request them to donate towards a treatment fund. So if you, or anyone you know has cancer, don’t let them fight alone.

 

Help save a life!

 

5 Women whose Social Innovations changed the World

Social innovators in India are making progress against varied social problems such as the lack of high-quality education, limited access to clean water and hygiene, and inadequate nutrition. Some of these social innovators are woman entrepreneurs and are among the most powerful women in India. However, you maybe surprised at how young some woman entrepreneurs are.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, we at Impact Guru are celebrating successful women entrepreneurs whose social innovations have transformed the world we live in.

Learn about crowdfunding for women. And start an online fundraiser today!

 

Shalini Kumari

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Moved by the plight of her grandfather who was unable to use the stairs due to the limitations of his walker, 12 year old Shalini Kumari determinedly set about to rectify the situation.

She came up with the design of a walker with a spring and self-locking front legs. The user has to push the front legs of the walker on the upper stair and the rear legs rest on the lower stair which makes the walker stable and strong enough to hold the weight on it, enabling the user to climb the stairs.

This adjustable walker also has a foldable seat, a horn and a light attached to it. The walker can take up to 100 kg weight and can be adjusted to different environments.

Learn about medical crowdfunding.

 

Shweta Sharma & Jaskiran Goraya

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These two Class 9 students from Jalandhar came up with the idea of putting a layer of liquid that degenerates the covering membrane and spoils the tablet after the expiry date. Shweta came up with the idea after discovering many expired tablets at her house and worrying that she might have consumed one at some point.

Jaskiran saw a TV serial in which an illiterate person gave expired medicines to a patient which worsened his condition. Jaskiran felt that she needed to find a technique to help an illiterate person find out if the medicine has expired or not. So her idea was to make the medicine box/packaging such that it changes colour once it expired.

Have a novel idea? Have you thought about crowdfunding it? Here’s how it works.

Remya Jose

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The pedal-powered washing machine cum exercise machine, featured in the film 3 Idiots, was inspired by the invention of 20-year-old Remya Jose from Kerala, which has also been showcased on the Discovery Channel.

During her 10th standard, her mother fell ill and her father was undergoing medical treatment. Remya had to change three buses while going to and coming from school and spent about two hours each way. As there was no washing machine at home, the chore of doing the laundry fell on her and her twin sister. Instead of wishing futilely for a washing machine, she decided to try her hand at making one during her vacations!

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Ajaita Shah

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Ajaita Shah spent the past eight years working in microfinance and clean energy distribution in India. Born in Scarsdale, New York, to Indian parents, Shah now lives in India full time.

She founded Frontier Markets in 2010 to provide more than 300 rural Indian villages with access to clean energy products, as well as training and services for those products. In lieu of a grid that creates equitable power distribution, she’s promoting the benefits of solar energy and making it easily available to people.

The achievement of these social innovators demonstrates the power of educated women. If we empower more women with education and opportunity, the list of their innovations is only likely to increase. In turn, these innovations could be key to finding solutions to problematic issues in India.

Learn how crowdfunding on crowdfunding platform Impact Guru can help fulfill yours or others’ educational dreams.