Brooklyn, NY — If you’ve ever supported a friend or family member fighting cancer or another acute, life-changing disease, you probably know about CarePages and CaringBridge. The immensely popular sites offer free blogs to connect friends and family members during a health crisis. They’re designed to let people who’ve just become “patients” tell their stories and connect with other people like them.
Their only shortfall is that they don’t answer the very real question: what can I do to help?
This morning, on our internal Yammer network, Randy Brasof shared a new platform that might just answer that question:
Standbuy is a crowd funding platform specifically designed to reduce the financial stresses of cancer. It has the “connect, gather support and stay updated” features of CarePages with the added ability to create mini fundraisers for yourself or a loved one.
Each fundraiser has a deadline to create urgency, but, unlike some competitive crowd funding platforms, the donations are paid out whether the goal is met or not.
Standbuy was created by a young woman named Sashka Rothchild (pictured above). When she was 17, living in Santa Cruz, CA, her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. Between the trips to radiation, the cooking and cleaning, and managing the aparatus of healthcare in this country, she was competely overwhelmed. Rothchild hopes that Standbuy will help people find a little more room in their day for healing instead of worrying about financial stress.
Check out their Tumblr, too, for powerful stories about living with cancer.
Posted by: Leigh Householder