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You Made Hope Happen in 2016

We know that when you donate to support our mission, you may not always see the direct impact of those dollars. And as a member of the Help Hope Live community, you may not realize how your efforts spark change and inspire action in others.

That’s why we’ve put together this post–to show friends like you how you make a positive difference, every single day, by being part of the Help Hope Live family. Your time and effort added up to some big numbers with huge impact in Fiscal Year 2016.

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Last year, you helped:


Launch 732 new medical fundraising campaigns

Provide $9.3 million to help cover vital medical and related expenses

Support the needs of 1,400 patients and families facing the most difficult challenge of their lives: a lifesaving transplant or a life-changing catastrophic injury or illness.

But you didn’t stop there…


You also helped:


Crush 4,942 medical fundraising goals

Plan 550 gatherings of hope nationwide

Inspire 2,451 words of gratitude

Provide 57 emergency assistance grants to help families avoid an immediate medical crisis

Honor 25 loved ones’ legacies, and

Joined a community of 3,224 empowered and compassionate friends and neighbors


Families across the country felt the tangible impact. 16 Help Hope Live patients reported finding a “new normal” after a devastating medical crisis altered their lives.

“Thanks to so many wonderful people, my family and I have reached our Help Hope Live goal for my double lung transplant recovery. We have no idea what the future will bring, but hopefully, I will continue getting stronger every day. I cherish breathing.”

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Bob Wollenberg, Great Lakes Lung Transplant Fund


10 patients reached a major independence milestone after a catastrophic injury, from going to college to driving and living independently.

“Alex’s physical therapy sessions are two hours and he enjoys every minute of it! He loves traveling wherever his [new] vehicle takes him.” He is pictured below with wife, Marina: “A new chapter is beginning for two deserving young people who have overcome so much.”

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Alex Paul, Northeast Spinal Cord Injury Fund


To us, these aren’t just numbers. They are symbols of hope in the midst of extremely challenging circumstances.

When you engage with Help Hope Live as a donor, patient, or volunteer, you are shouting hope from the rooftops. You are refusing to let a medical crisis dominate the course of a life. You are defying the negative noise the world throws at you by taking a stand for strong, loving communities and life-changing new beginnings. You are telling someone, “You matter. Your voice is heard. Your story is my story, too.

That’s what it really means to help hope live. Never stop: the world needs you, and so do we.


Keep hope alive in 2017!


Click here to make a one-time or recurring donation to our nonprofit to keep our mission strong in 2017 and beyond. And from all of us…thank you!

How You Can Step Up To Support A Family Facing A Medial Crisis

Donating to HelpHOPELive isn’t the only way to support a family facing the financial and emotional burdens associated with a transplant. Just ask Danielle Bailey, who has helped three HelpHOPELive clients plan bingo and poker fundraisers using her event planning experience. Learn why Danielle pours her time, energy and expertise into helping these families, and you’ll be inspired to do the same!

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Danielle, left, supports multiple HelpHOPELive families


How did you get involved in fundraising?


My first event was to help fundraise for a little girl with a double cochlear implant who was having trouble securing state funds to attend a school for children with hearing loss. I helped to plan a bingo event, since everyone has fun playing bingo and it’s a great way to raise money and have fun. We were able to raise $400 for her.

Since then, I have been involved with events raising funds for several causes, including autism awareness, cancer awareness, canine companions, and kids’ medical needs. As an AVON representative, in addition to helping plan fundraisers, I typically reserve a table at each fundraising event to show support and advertise my services and I donate raffle prizes.

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Danielle has engaged in fundraising for several nonprofit causes


How are you connected to the HelpHOPELive families you help?


[Former HelpHOPELive client] Mary Jo Lovely is my mother. She made the decision to donate my stepfather (Stephen Boyes)’ organs in 1998 when he suddenly passed away. She was diagnosed with COPD and was put on 24/7 oxygen at 42. She was put on the transplant waiting list and she received her first single lung transplant in July 2007. A year and a half later, swine flu hit our family and the disease immediately put my mother’s body into a state of rejection. She received her second lung transplant in June 2015.

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Danielle’s mother “received her second lung transplant in June 2015”

I met [HelpHOPELive client] Karlene Novotny in 1998 when she did my taxes. We clicked right away. She opened her own business which I followed for a few years before she became sick. I saw her name in a news article shared on Facebook and we got back in contact. I was shocked to learn how sick she was and how much she had gone through since we lost contact.

I first met Natalie Meyers in person on March 12, 2016 while I was hosting the bingo fundraiser in honor of Karlene. She had just started fundraising with HelpHOPELive a few days before the event. A co-worker shared her story with me and I reached out to her, contacted the local fire company and started the planning process to help her with a fundraising event. I invited her to the bingo fundraiser in honor of Karlene so that she could see how events were managed to better prepare herself for the event in her honor later this year.

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Flyer designed by HelpHOPELive for the upcoming event


What’s the hardest part about planning a fundraiser?


I give myself a good six months to plan everything to limit hurdles along the way. I send donation requests to local businesses, find vendors to set up at the event, make sure there is advertising via social media and flyers in local groceries stories where permitted, and so much more. The hardest part is waiting for the event to happen!

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This year, Danielle is expanding her wheelhouse to include poker events


What is the most satisfying part of planning a fundraiser?


There is so much that is fulfilling about fundraising. Being able to help someone in need gives you such an amazing feeling. The most satisfying part is seeing a room full of 200 people pulling together to help a single person. Seeing local businesses helping the community also makes you proud to be a part of it.

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Danielle loves ” seeing a room full of…people pulling together to help”

Knowing I helped make it all happen for a great cause gives me such a sense of accomplishment! I love helping where I am needed. The actual amount raised may not be like winning the lottery, but for these families, it’s close because of the tremendous impact. Every little bit counts.


Do you help because you expect these families to pay you back in the future?


No way. I do not expect anything from anyone that I help. I just do it to get the feeling of being able to help, and that is enough for me.


Can fundraising be both emotionally and financially significant?


After my mom had her first transplant, I realized how much everything related to the transplant was going to cost. When your family is stressing out about how they are going to pay for the transplant and the medications that will keep them alive, it can honestly tear them apart. That stress can affect the entire family and fundraising can make a difference.

I have referred people to HelpHOPELive for years. I love that the funds raised go directly to the individual’s medical needs and not into some CEO’s pocket!


What does the word HOPE mean to you?


HOPE is life! Every day we take advantage of the things we’re given. We were all dealt a certain hand in life; it is who we are and what will make us stronger. Help those who are less fortune, because someday you may be the one who needs help.

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“Someday you may be the one who needs help,” said Danielle


Like Danielle, you can make a difference for a family facing a medical crisis. Start a fundraising campaign with our nonprofit today at helphopelive.org. Learn how to help an existing HelpHOPELive family by calling 800.642.8399.

Voices Of Hope: We Stayed Together After A Catastrophic Injury

Katie started dating Richard Travia when they were freshmen at Villanova University. Two years after graduation, Richard became paralyzed from the chest down after a diving accident at the beach. Katie and Richard stayed together after the injury and, today, they are happily married with two young children.

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Katie and Richard with their two youngsters in 2014


Did the injury impact your relationship?


Katie: The early stages were challenging, scary and overwhelming. Richard’s injury was a big obstacle on our path together, but we didn’t let it stop us from continuing with our goals and future. Today, there are still limitations to what we can do as a couple. For instance, we haven’t traveled to Europe together since his injury because we are fearful of the accessibility challenges; we can’t do some outdoor activities together that we used to enjoy; but we find enjoyment and travel opportunities elsewhere. The injury has brought us challenges, but our relationship is stronger than ever.


Today, how does love play a role in your daily life?


Richard is my best friend and soulmate. We met and started dating when we were young, but we have grown and gone through so much together. I can’t imagine going through a day without talking to him 10 times. We are always eager to see each other every evening after work. Aside from the fact that he can’t stand on his own anymore, you would barely know that the injury had occurred. He is always positive, patient and logical. He keeps me in check.

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Katie calls Richard her “best friend and soulmate”

Each day has its own challenges, but we have built an amazing family together with two beautiful children and an awesome dog. Our love for each other and our love for our family is overwhelming to us. Sometimes, amidst the craziness at home, we will both look at each other and smile and say, “Look how lucky we are.”


How did Richard propose to you?


He was amazingly determined to keep with tradition: for months he practiced getting down on one knee during physical therapy. We got engaged on Christmas in 2007 and got married in October of 2008 at my church in New Jersey. Richard practiced standing in physical therapy, and with the help of two friends and a walker, he stood when I walked down the aisle and when we said our vows.

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Richard pursed physical therapy to be able to stand for his wedding vows


What advice would you give to someone else trying to hold onto their relationship after injury?


Keeping a positive mindset and remembering that things won’t always go as planned is the best way to remain sane. Surround yourself with positive people and things that make you happy. Find great support groups online or in your community and talk to people going through a similar situation.


How does your family and community provide support?


Being in a wheelchair for 10 years has its challenges, both physical and psychological. Richard has been lucky, because everyone surrounded him when he was injured and they stuck with him. He was able to move on with the life that he wanted to have because of that support. Our immediate family and friends have been amazing to us over the years, whether by modifying their homes to accommodate Richard’s needs or helping to lift Richard into a restaurant, home or location for a social outing.

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Friends and family “stuck with him” when Richard was injured

Another major source of support was the Villanova community. We graduated from Villanova together but we have received support from people we didn’t even graduate with. From getting people together to watch the game at home with Richard to VIP tickets to basketball games, our Villanova family has been so amazingly supportive. Now, Richard gives back to that community through his involvement with the Villanova Alumni Senate and other activities on campus.


Did that support translate into fundraising success?


Within the first two years after Richard’s injury, we did a great deal of fundraising with HelpHOPELive [pictured below], including a 5K Walk/Run, open bar nights and small events at schools in our area. The support was overwhelming. We were able to raise over $200,000, which has helped us tremendously. We are still relying on those funds now a decade later to cover medical expenses.

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One of our largest purchases was an accessible van for Richard. We were also able to cover the cost of home exercise equipment, prescriptions, ramps and other purchases that helped to make our living situation more accessible for him. The expenses associated with paralysis never go away and insurance covers very little, so the fundraising we did early on has provided some comfort for us over the years.


What is the thing you love most about your relationship?


Richard and I don’t have the best luck, but through all the obstacles over the years, we have still accomplished all that we wanted to accomplish, and we have done it together, as a team.


Did you find love before or after a life-changing injury or illness? Share your story with us in the comments section below and you could be selected to participate in an interview!

How Your Donation Will Support Our Nonprofit Mission

In addition to helping us to provide emergency assistance grants, your contribution will help fuel our mission to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses. Learn why that matters so much to families across the country.

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How HelpHOPELive Serves Families


Roughly 20% of families who have health insurance still struggle to cover their medical expenses. We understand that a medical crisis can create a severe emotional, physical and financial burden for any family. Community support, where relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers get involved in fundraising efforts, is often a vital untapped resource that can help people pay for uncovered medical expenses.

When a family chooses to fundraise with HelpHOPELive, they benefit from:

  • An online Campaign Page where they can ask friends and family for life-changing donations and receive messages of support
  • One-on-one consultation from one of our expert Fundraising Coordinators to help them develop a personalized campaign that is tailored to the needs and interests of the patient and their support network.
  • Custom fundraising materials like event flyers, awareness materials and press releases
  • The opportunity to earn Challenge Grants by reaching fundraising milestones
  • Our nonprofit status: fundraising support that does not jeopardize their medical coverage status (Medicaid, SSI)and the opportunity for their community members to make tax deductible contributions
  • Expert fundraising advice backed by more than 30 years of experience building successful campaigns

For many clients struggling with life-changing conditions, we are more than just a fundraising resource: we are a lifeline set apart by our compassion and expertise. In fact, in a 2014 survey, 92% of respondents rated our customer service as Excellent, Very Good or Good and 91% said they would recommend HelpHOPELive to another family or had already done so.


What Clients Say About Us


“We have had numerous experiences with nonprofit organizations and HelpHOPELive has been the best we have ever worked with. Compassionate, always ready to support and help, they have been rock steady in their devotion to those in need.”

The name HelpHOPELive says it all.”

“HelpHOPELive is a huge relief to me during a very stressful time.”

If it were not for HelpHOPELive, my son would never have received his transplant.

“Tangible financial support has helped immensely, by lifting a burden that would otherwise be hovering and weighing over us”

Many families would not be able to cover their vital medical expenses without fundraising. Your donations will help us to continue providing key fundraising support to families that depend on it.


We Still Need Your Help To Spread Hope!


We rely on contributors like you to help us continue serving families coping with the financial burden of uncovered medical expenses. Find out how you can keep hope alive for these families with your donation and support.

Fundraising With HelpHOPELive: Your First Steps

Once you have decided to move forward with fundraising, it’s time to start engaging your community! Talk to your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator about your family, friends and local area so we can help you decide which fundraising approach will work best for your campaign.

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If you’re not sure where to begin, these ideas will get you started:

  • My aunt Mary is a teacher. Could I ask Mary about holding a fundraiser through her school?
  • My friend Joseph is an avid golfer. Could a golf tournament be our big fundraising event for this year?
  • My town holds a yearly Strawberry Festival and a 5K Race to benefit a local citizen. How can I contact my town administration to find out more about getting involved in these upcoming events to raise money for HelpHOPELive?
  • I’m active in my church or faith community. Could we have a special collection in my honor or distribute my HelpHOPELive appeal letter to members?
  • My 10-year high school reunion is coming up. How can I get in touch with some of my former classmates who are local or live out-of-state?
  • A friend of my parents sells kitchen storage containers. Would she be willing to hold a container-buying party in my honor?
  • Before I worked with HelpHOPELive, my friends helped me hold a local Dinner Dance. Since that was a big success, maybe we can hold a similar event this year?
  • My cousin, my sister and my friend Marie all asked how they could help or support me as soon as I was diagnosed. Can I reach out to these contacts first to ask for help with planning, promoting and staffing my next event?

You can find a list of fundraising event ideas online in your HelpHOPELive Dashboard. Contact your Fundraising Coordinator today if you’re ready to start planning your event!

How To Share Your Campaign Page On Social Media

Over 70 percent of people who use the Internet also use social media. 28 percent use social media on their smartphones every day!

Use this guide to share your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page on Facebook and Twitter.


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  1. Go to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.
  2. At the top right, you will see a Share My Page section with social media icons.
  3. Click on the blue Facebook icon. Facebook icon
  4. A new tab will open up [see image below].
  5. You may have to login to your Facebook account to proceed.
  6. Add information in the empty box. For example: I need a kidney transplant to survive. Can you help?
  7. Click on the Share Link button at the bottom right.

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How to share your Campaign Page on Twitter logo

  1. Go to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.
  2. At the top right, you will see a Share My Page section with social media icons.
  3. Click on the light blue Twitter icon with the white bird on it. Twitter icon
  4. A new tab will open up [see image below].
  5. You may have to login to your Twitter account to proceed.
  6. You can either keep the Tweet as it is or make changes to it. Make sure you keep the URL in the Tweet! [see image]

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7. You will not be able to send out the Tweet if you exceed the character limit. You’ll see the number of remaining characters printed in gray at the bottom right of the Tweet.

If the number turns red, you’ve exceeded the character limit and will need to cut down the length of your Tweet to post it.Add hashtags or @ users if you want to.

[***see below if you’re confused about these terms.]

8. Click on the Tweet button at the bottom right.


Anatomy of a Tweet: The Basics

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  • A hashtag (#) is used to identify the topic(s) of your Tweet. When you share your HelpHOPELive page, you could add #HelpHOPELive or #fundraising or #hope to your Tweet. Anyone who searches for either of those terms on Twitter might see your Tweet.
  • If you want to reach out to a particular user or organization in your Tweet, use the @ symbol to “tag” that user.
  • WARNING! Not all users use their real name as their account name in Twitter. For example, HelpHOPELive is on Twitter as @HelpHOPELiveorg. You can search for a person or organization in Twitter ahead of time to find out what name to add after the @ symbol in your Tweet.

If you need additional help sharing your Campaign Page on social media, reach out to us on Facebook or on Twitter!

25 Medical Fundraising Tips You Can Use Today

Need to give your campaign a boost? Here are 25 powerful fundraising tips from HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinators that you can start using right away.


Asking For Auction and Raffle Items

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1. Think about the local businesses you visit on a regular basis, like bakeries, family-owned grocery stores, restaurants, hair salons, boutiques or even your dentist’s office. Ask each for a gift certificate donation.

2. When asking for item donations from local businesses, bring your HelpHOPELive Appeal Letter and Gift In Kind Form to help explain your story and the tax advantages of donating to your HelpHOPELive campaign.

3. Ask local organizations to sponsor your next fundraising event. You get reduced-cost products or services, and local businesses get exposure!


Getting More Donations

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4. Engage former classmates for donations.

5. Update your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page regularly, and edit the About section of your Campaign Page if you reach a major medical milestone. Pictures and updates help contributors feel more connected to your cause.

6. Create a YouTube video that explains your personal journey and asks viewers for donations.


Improving Events

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7. Coordinate your fundraisers with upcoming holidays. How about a first day of summer car wash, or a Father’s Day outdoor barbeque?

8. Sell chocolate bars with a custom HelpHOPELive label at outdoor events. Set up a table at your town’s next community fair or summer festival.

9. Add bonus events! Add a bake sale to your garage sale. Add a silent auction to your spaghetti dinner.

10. Sell HelpHOPELive wristbands at your next event. Ask your Fundraising Coordinator for details.

11. Use customized HelpHOPELive materials like flyers and brochures to spread the word. Your Fundraising Coordinator can show you how.

12. Turn a fundraiser into an eating competition. Bump up your next fundraising barbeque with a burger eating challenge! Charge admission for teams or individuals and offer prizes for the winner(s).


 Uniting Your Community

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13. Create a t-shirt for your supporters that includes a shortened link to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.

14. If donors have questions about HelpHOPELive, send them a helpful infographic.

15. Share your Campaign Page with extended family members so they stay in the loop.

16. Personalize thank-you notes for people who donate to your campaign. A small gesture goes a long way.

17. Thank event attendees and sponsors in social media posts. On Twitter or Facebook, use the @ sign to “tag” businesses or friends in a post.


 Fundraising On A Tight Budget

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18. Create a donation coin bank with the HelpHOPELive logo on it. Ask local businesses to display it. You Fundraising Coordinator can give you a customized coin bank label to support your HelpHOPELive campaign.

19. Auction off time instead of items! Ask friends to donate tax preparation help, house cleaning, babysitting or even piano lessons.

20. Share event registration pages on Facebook and Twitter so your friends can easily RSVP.


 Getting Help

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21. Engage your local Moose Lodge, Elk Club, Masonic Temple or Knights of Columbus organization for volunteers to serve as event staff if you or someone you know is a member,

22. Ask National Honor Society students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to volunteer as staff members at your event.

23. Check in with your Fundraising Coordinator if you are planning an event. We can provide customized HelpHOPELive materials, press releases, creative event ideas and much more!


Thinking Big

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24. If an event is successful, make it an annual affair! Ask your Fundraising Coordinator for tips.

25. Through pictures, videos or updates, show donors exactly how they have improved your life with their contributions.


Find more campaign-boosting tips from HelpHOPELive’s expert Fundraising Coordinators on Facebook and on Twitter. Fresh tips are posted every Tuesday.