Sharing #UnexpectedJoy with GiveForward

As a mom of 3 boys, I am thankful every day that we have, for the most part, been very fortunate. None of our children have had major illnesses, injuries or other medical issues. Unfortunately, for many parents, this is not the case.

I went to Penn State, and throughout my entire college career, I was involved with THON. The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, THON has raised over $114 million dollars since 1977 {with over $13 million of that coming last year alone!} for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which helps children who are suffering from pediatric cancer. Each year, more than 700 students remain awake and on their feet for 46 straight hours.

I danced in 1997, when THON was way smaller than it is now {although it was 48 hours long when I did it!}. I was in so much pain at the end of the weekend, I thought I’d never feel better. My left leg went straight down in a straight column from thigh to foot — it looked like I had no knees or ankles, it was so swollen.

While I understood that my pain was just temporary and nothing compared to what those kids with cancer face on a daily basis, what I never could have comprehended until I had children of my own was what the parents of those children go through. Not only are they watching their children go through an ordeal they wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy, they are watching the medical bills pile up, often times into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When David was in first grade, one of the little boys in his class was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood leukemia. He underwent treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital for several months. It was amazing and inspiring to me how our community came together to help out his family. Almost immediately, there were several collections going for money and gift cards, and friends of ours organized a 4K race to help the family with medical bills. It was heartwarming to see so many people who wanted to help, but at the same time, it got a little confusing for those of us who wanted to contribute. We weren’t sure if we were supposed to give to everyone, or if everyone was coordinating, or what exactly the deal was. 

GiveForward.com allows you to create an online fundraiser for someone in need, making it easy to help bring #UnexpectedJoy to a life.

So when I recently heard about an organization called GiveForward, I thought it was an absolutely amazing idea. 

GiveForward is an online fundraising website and one of the easiest ways to raise money for a loved one in need. In addition to being the #1 platform to start a medical fundraiser, they are the only site who provides fundraising coaches who help you come up with fundraising ideas and guidance on how to raise money online. 

Through GiveForward, you can quickly and easily create an online fundraiser that includes your loved one’s story, as well as a few photos, and then spread the word for your fundraiser via email and social media.

GiveForward.com allows you to create an online fundraiser for someone in need, making it easy to help bring #UnexpectedJoy to a life.

To date, GiveForward has raised over $106 million towards medical expenses. 

I also love that, if you’re fortunate enough to not personally know anyone who might need assistance right now, you can go on their website, search their current fundraisers, and help out someone you might not even know.

We are currently teaching our boys about giving back and helping those who are less fortunate than them, and I think this site is a great way for kids to see what other people may be going through and help them out — even if you don’t know them personally.

GiveForward.com allows you to create an online fundraiser for someone in need, making it easy to help bring #UnexpectedJoy to a life.

Another great GiveForward feature is their Ambassador program. GiveForward Ambassadors are part of the team, and get first access to jobs, product updates, and events. GiveForward also will give the first donation to any fundraiser started for or by an Ambassador’s loved one.

For more information on GiveForward, or to become a GiveForward Ambassador yourself, visit their website today!

Have you shared unexpected joy with someone, or has someone brought unexpected joy into your life? Share it in the comments section below or Tweet about it using hashtag #UnexpectedJoy.

I was compensated by GiveForward for this post, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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