HelpHOPELive brings communities together in tax-exempt fundraising efforts to help patients and families pay medical bills and access treatments.
Thousands of patients each year face severe financial challenges because they need a transplant or are living with a catastrophic injury or illness. For many, there is a network of support in their community that is eager to help.
At HelpHOPELive, we show fundraising volunteers – these are often family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers – how to engage members of their own community to join in fundraising opportunities to help cover the cost of uninsured medical expenses. These efforts can provide long-term financial support to patients and can also play an important role in helping family, friends and neighbors to heal and provide more effective support and friendship.
To meet the needs of each patient effectively, we use a highly personalized approach, pairing each patient with a HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator who works closely with family and friends to understand their personal network of support. From there we help develop customized fundraising plans that incorporate tools and options that are the right fit for that community.
The money we help raise helps pay for a wide range of expenses including out-of-pocket costs for medication, relocation or travel fees to visit specialized treatment centers, and even rent and mortgage payments for patients who are unable to continue working during treatment or recovery.
Last year, funds raised through HelpHOPELive campaigns provided more than $7.4 million in financial support to over 1,200 patients and families in need.
Team John Michael a part of the Southeast Spinal Cord Injury Fund
Air Force airman and firefighter John Michael LeMoine was enrolled in a firefighting school when he experienced a devastating spinal cord injury in 2014 that left him paralyzed.
As he was recovering from a cardiac emergency, John learned that it would take extensive rehabilitation to return mobility to his lower body.
After six weeks of rehabilitation, John could barely wiggle his left big toe.
Spinal cord injuries can cost patients over $4 million over the course of a lifetime. HelpHOPELive fundraising allowed John to secure home modifications and rehabilitation with Project Walk Atlanta.
John received continual support and encouragement from his “Air Force family,” his friends and “even strangers who have given us support and strength from the beginning,” noted his Campaign Page.
Thanks to his persistence at Project Walk, in 2015, John reported that he was able to stand on his own for the first time since his accident. When he is mobile once again, John plans to return to a dedicated life of service.