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Great minds needed! I need ideas and input

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posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 12:28 AM
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First off, thanks for taking the time to read this. It is appreciated,
and for those that respond, i welcome all ideas.


Let me start by a back story, i will try to make it short.


One year ago, i decided to change jobs, the job market around here is not great at all,
and the kids are getting older, and as kids get older they cost more. I have a son who
is 13 and daughter 10. So i looked at several ideas and areas, but most just were not
feesable, so i decided to go over the road as a truck driver. Not the most glamorous of jobs
but the pay is decent and the work is steady. So i got the training needed, got my cdl
and got a job with a major company. My last time out was a long 4 week run. I'm not a
fan of being away from home, but it was worth it knowing the needs of the family would
not be a problem. On my 3rd week i noticed that my feet were swollen,as well as my legs
but i did not put much into it, since i had a lot of drop's in big cities, i just chalked it
up to lots of shifting and clutching.

So i got home for a couple of days, and was glad for it, and my wife talked me into going to
now care to get the swelling checked out, i was not a fan of it, but the next day we ended up
going. Once there, it wasnt 10 min into the exam and now-care took me straight to the E.R.
they figured i was having heart problems, this turned out not to be the case, but they
did a lot of test and set me up with a local doctor. a few days later i went to the local
doctor who advised me my liver was having issues and she would have to set me up with a
specialist.

So a week went by, stuck at home cant work going nuts, finally the appointment time came.
i get into the specialist office, the first thing she tells me is, "your not dead yet"
which was a total surprise to me, then she said "from what i am seeing of your test you
have around 2-3 years left depending, unless we can get you a transplant" which totally
surprised me, turns out some how some where years ago i had picked up hepatitis C, how is
unknown, and since then it has been destroying my liver. She diagnosed me with stage 4
cerosis of the liver with hepC. Needless to say this was a quiet ride home.
She told me to quit work and apply for disability that day and life as i knew it was over.
I though she was nuts then.. but now, a year later, she was right, life is no where near what
it was, and its a down hill battle.
I got approved for disability 10 months after i applied, and now am working on getting medicare,
which i have to have in order to get a transplant. Since i'm not rich and dont have $540,000 laying
around.

Now to the great minds required.

Medicare will cover the surgery if i am lucky enough to get it, and lucky enough to survive it..
odds are not in my favor at all, but one has to hope, there are many mile stones to come for
the kids and i would like to be there to see them. simple thing as graduating high school is
a real thing i may not be around for.

But there is a LOT that medicare will not cover, the anti rejection medications that are required
for up to a year after a transplant will cost $60K, when you are piked for the transplant you
have to go to a transplant center, which for us is Seattle, you will be there for up to 4 months
so you need a place to live while you are there, plus before the transplant you have to go to
the center for test's and biopsies and other things, you can expect at least a dozen trips,
all of this on what little disability gives you a month is not possible.
So the option is to have a lot of fund raisers to build up enough to cover expenses before the
transplant. which is where i am, i need ideas for fund raisers, there are the normal, silent
auction, chilli feeds, etc, but when you are looking at raising $150K, most of those are a drop
in the bucket. I need a idea or a few that can be done on limited budget that will raise
big money.
Ya i know, if it was that easy to raise money everyone would be doing it, but i don't have a option
i either come up with the money to cover the cost of it all that medicare wont cover, (most centers
wont even take you as a paitent unless you have raised enough money to cover the meds and stuff
after transplant). or i will die in a couple of years.

so, anyone have some ideas to throw around? I am asking here because i know this is a group
that thinks outside the box, and has some great minds.

btw, thank you in advance for your input.




posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 12:52 AM
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If it's big money that you're after, call Obama... I'm sure they would love to do a nice little PR piece about your situation.

In all seriousness... how much do you have to start with?

Start a non-profit and make enough to fund your medical costs... maybe even direct this non-profit towards your medical issues or current situation. It either pays off in time, or leave behind a small legacy of trying to help people.



Anyways... I'm sure you'll figure something out.

Best of luck



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 01:00 AM
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If anyone has some great ideas for making alot of coin, they won't be sharing with you I'm afraid.

You need to come up with your own ideas, do some thorough research then decide whether you want to take the gamble or not.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 01:25 AM
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Severedsoul, I am so sorry to hear that you are going through all this crap. Maybe get your story out in the local papers. Newspapers love a good human interest story and people love to help others out when they are in need.
Maybe have some raffles or something. God, I feel so helpless and lost for words. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. It angers me that our very lives depend on how much money we have. HUGS!!



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 01:30 AM
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This may not be the route you want to go.

But most churches have funds specifically for such occurrences, that would be one option, they would also be willing to help organize fund raisers and the like.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 01:36 AM
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Think outside the box e.g go abroad to get the surgery.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 01:37 AM
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I like the newspaper, local TV/media idea, and the Church idea.

I think you need to get your story out there! Hit the pavement, get your family involved hitting the pavement. Start a website, a facebook page.

Organize a 'Liver Run' 10K for charity.

I will keep thinking of ideas, and sorry to hear about it. Yes, it is a bunch of crap that our lives can depend on the amount of money we have.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 01:45 AM
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Had another Idea, hit up local businesses who may want to donate products for a charity auction.

Start with privately owned small business owners and work up toward the corporate offices of major retailers.

Prepare a letter with a summary of your situation, put pictures of you and your family in it as well as medical information about your condition.

Make as many copys that you could afford, if you have to you can probably tell your story to the local Staples/office depot/ kinkos and get them made free.

look into local laws about such activity so you cover your self there.

Once you have a good amount of products to raffle or auctions.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:09 AM
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reply to post by FractalChaos13242017
 

*lol* ya i'll give obama a call *lol* some who i dont think that would get me far. *LOL*

not much left at all, had a nice little nest egg, but not working for 10 months with no income and dr's
ordering test's and med's, kind of has a way of wiping out savings one might have.

non profit is not a bad idea, would be nice to help others, but that sadly takes money to set up and get
going. But a great idea for me to keep in mind for the future.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:11 AM
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Ya, sadly this is true, i've been researching and looking at diffrent things, i still have a little time to decide
i just want to make sure i am going the right direction when i do so i dont end up coming up short
and loosing anyway.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:14 AM
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The first thing I thought of was a benefit concert. Maybe find a bar or a venue that can hold a few bands and send out some requests. I would imagine that they tend to do better than most other benefits and I know that some musicians really appreciate being able to help out if they can.

Best of luck.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:14 AM
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reply to post by Night Star
 


Thank you night star, its defiantly been a adjustment, not where i expected to be at this stage in my life thats for sure.


News papers are not a bad idea, its going to be a battle for me because i'm not that public of a person, you would not believe how long i have considering posting what i did, but i was needing other ideas and gave in.

Yup, considerd raffles, though about doing them online, although not sure how well it will work, but have kicked around that idea as well.

I agree, it is sad, anyone that thinks life dose not have a price, just get sick and that will soon change.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:15 AM
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ATS WTF? I am disguted by the apathy of some of you, this man is in a life or death situation so you make political jabs at the POTUS?

Op we don't know eachother, we will most likely never meet IRL. I swear on my mother if I can help you I will! I know how you feel, I also have a terminal condition that will cut me down sooner rather than later, probably before my 8 year old gets to graduate.

Set up a paypal approved account, so that you can take donations online. Then collect coffee cans, use them to put your picture and a short message describing your situation and needs on the can. Every gas station and grocery store in your area should be willing to let you put it in their establishment for charitable donations( this is area sensitive, so check your local laws first!)

Then contact your local chapter of whichever charity operation services liver transplant patients exculusively. They are often a great resource for monies, however the need is high and the funding is finite, so find them and contact them tomorrow, as it is usually first come first served, unless you have a certain tissue type that will be more readily available, rejection issues will force the hand of the medical establishment. They can't give you an organ you will regect when some who won't regect it needs it also.

I am not religious myself, wether you are or aren't, find GOD, church groups are a great resource for funding( I am not condoning faking religion to get money, but it is your only life you get, beg barrow, cheat, steal, lie whatever is necessary to aquire the means to pay the monies in question)

Ask ATS owners for a special consideration for a charity drive, ask for a established link to your paypal approved account to funnel donations. I am dead broke, and have no money, however the ten bucks I can send plus any able ATSers one five or ten dollar donations will add up fast!

If you are on any social networking sites put it on your home page, and a link to your paypal approved account. You may be suprised how many people want you to live, I bet even former enemies will pay to see you live, if only to be able to insult you another day.

WARNING!!! Don't attempt to defraud others for finacial gain, it will end with jail time and large fines, as defrauding a charity is one of the sickest things in the world. Not accusing you of course, just saying this is the net and these things do happen. Just remeber the boy who cried wolf.

Disreguard the above if your genuine, I am only thinking of your best interest.

Hope I helped at least a small amount. I will subscribe to this thread. So I can keep up to date. Please pm me or email me if you have any questions about my ideas.

Probably shouldn't give out email on open chat so I will give you my oldest active account, I check it weekly.

Ohmygodimbadass@yahoo.com

Best wishes op, I am not as stated above religious, I will pray for you though, as it can't hurt to try. Gl man, I hope your situation improves sharply in the nearterm.

Best wishes
IV



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:17 AM
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reply to post by benrl
 


I have considered that as well, and the support line would not be a bad idea either, i have considered going to church again for about a year now, but i feel like i would be doing something wrong, using them i guess,
i have mixed emotions about it, but have considered it.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:18 AM
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Gofundme.com

take a look at this site


Medical, Illness & Healing Raise money for medical bills: Fundraising for medical bills and related medical expenses.


Like kickstarter but for general purpose help, including medical illness.
edit on 12-8-2012 by benrl because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:19 AM
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I've looked into going to another country for the surgery, but its not that easy, most places have a waiting period before you qualify for medical, and there are other restrictions as well. Even had a few friends (one in England and one in Australia) check on things, and just moving and getting the surgery is not that simple.
It would take longer than i have to accomplish the transplant.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:21 AM
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I agree, but my family consists of my wife and 2 kids, other than that there is not much as far as relatives in the area, most are 2000 miles from me.

Hmm have to do some research on the liver run idea, they are nuts around here for marathons and stuff.
Worth looking into, i haven't considered this yet.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:23 AM
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I have considered the idea of a auction as well, since i live in a small town (300 people) not sure how it will go
over, but i have thought about it a few times, i think its a decent idea.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:25 AM
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That is not a bad idea, there is a bar close in town that has grown quite the reputation over the past
couple of years, i may have to talk to them and see what i can come up with. They already have bands
every now and then, last year it was every weekend, but they have cut back it seems this year.



posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 02:28 AM
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I have considered that as well, and the support line would not be a bad idea either, i have considered going to church again for about a year now, but i feel like i would be doing something wrong, using them i guess, i have mixed emotions about it, but have considered it.


Heres the thing, thats what the church is there for people may have forgotten that, but its why its supposed to exist to help others. Everything else is second to that first goal of the church, you know golden rule and all that.

I have had my own bout of health problems, had a major stroke that damaged my heart, I lost some cognitive function as well and my doctor was amazed at the level of function I retained from the actual event. I went from making lower 6 figures to having to rely on the kindness of others to get me through.

It was a humbling experience to say the least, and in the end I am better off having been served such a humbling experience.

It allowed me to see that good people are out there who are more than willing to help, it showed me the flaws in the way I was living.

I have a wife and no kids, the thought of me leaving my wife a widow was enough for me to do what was necessary to improve my own situation. Any misgivings about "using" the church should be put aside, go to multiple churchs, talk to the leadership there, tell them you had no other Idea about what to do.

Im not saying they will pay for it, they may just point you in the direction you need to get the funds.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and I will continue to try and think of other alternatives for fundraising.




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