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How To Get Random Strangers To Pick Up The Tab For Your Medical Bills

Crowdfunding websites are all the rage these days. Celebrities and entrepreneurs alike have turned to sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to finance their next big idea with micro-donations from the public. But we’re always intrigued to hear stories of people who have found ways to pay for more practical needs as well. Boston newlyweds Patrick and Jessica Kensky were among dozens of spectators injured during April’s tragic Boston marathon bombing. They were lucky to have survived the attack, but both sustained major leg injuries that required amputations just below the knee. They needed hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical treatment in a very short time, so family friends decided to post a profile for the couple on GiveForward.com. It’s a crowdfunding site tailored for people in needed of health care funding. The response was overwhelming. Three days after the attack, the site had raised $300,000. To date, they’ve raised $873,255 from more than 13,000 individual donors, making it the site’s largest fundraiser. It’s the kind of success story that crowdfunders live for, but also a hint at how some sites are tailoring their services to fit a certain type of fundraiser. The Human Tribe Project is similar to GiveForward, raising money for individuals with medical needs. We also […]

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