Disclaimer: This post is sponsored, however, after reading it, I'm sure you will see that this is clearly a matter that is very close to my heart. All opinion and thoughts are clearly my own. I ask that you read this post with an open heart and mind.
Life rarely goes as expected. The reality is that for most, there will be some major hardships in life. Whether it be an unexpected death of a loved one, or a medical crisis, things happen that are far beyond our control.
A few years ago I watched as a close friend of mine battled cancer. He put up a heck of a fight. One that went on for years. He eventually lost that battle, and left behind his wife and two young children. And that's when the other battle started.
I watched in disbelief as the woman I had once jokingly called the "world's most meticulous planner" struggled to gain access to the bank account she and her husband shared. She wasn't trying to use the funds for some frivolous venture or shopping spree, she simply wanted to pay for her husbands funeral and feed their two small children until she could get back on her feet and venture back out into the workforce.
Even though she and her husband prepared for the inevitable, and had signed everything in both of their names, it took weeks, countless hours, and many tears of frustration and rage before she was granted the rights to have access to her own money. She eventually won the battle. But still, instead of being able to focus on properly laying her husband of 15 years to rest, she was instead focused trying to gain access to her own account.
My friends story is not unusual. In fact, in the recent years it's a tale that has become quite common.
Looking back, there were so many people who sent flowers throughout her ordeal, myself included. But now, I wonder how helpful those flowers truly were? Sure they were pretty, but they served no purpose other than ornamentation. Just imagine for a second how helpful it would have been if they, if we, had instead sent money? I'm sure it would have eased her burden. I'm sure it would have helped her feed their two small children and pay the electricity bill.
Though she is still one of the proudest women I know, I can't help but wonder how GiveForward could have helped fill the gaping wound that years of expensive medical treatments and an unyielding banking industry left behind? With GiveForward, money could have been raised to pay for the essentials until the bank finally released it hold on their money. They could have helped give her the time she needed to get back on her feet and wade back into the workforce.
GiveForward is an incredible company that helps people raise funds in their time of need. Unlike similar models, only .5% of funds raised goes to GiveForward.
And to ease your mind about potential security threats, any donations facilitated through GiveForward are secured through their encrypted technology.
In addition to providing you with a platform to fundraise and keep family and friends updated with your progress, GiveForward pairs you with a personal coach that can give you the one-on-one support that you need. In fact, GiveForward is the ONLY crowdfunding site that offers personalized coaches to help walk you through the process. That in itself says a lot about them.
It is my deepest wish that you never find yourself in a situation similar to the one I just described, but should you find yourself in the misdst of a medical crisis or dealing with the fallout of an unexpected death or tragedy, I want you to know that there are options. GiveForward can help.
As of today, GiveForward has heped raise $104, 690,000 and has changed countless lives. Who knows, GiveForward could very well change your life or the life of someone you love.
Please take a moment to check out GiveForward, and while you're at it, read a bit more about the stories of the people pictured below.
“No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” ~ Kevin Heath