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GiveForward Surpasses $100 Million Raised in Medical Fundraisers Across the Country

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The nation's leading medical crowdfunding platform celebrates this milestone by reflecting on the impact of $100 million

CHICAGO, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GiveForward announced today that it has helped raise a total of $100 million for more than 100,000 medical fundraisers over the past six years. By achieving this milestone, GiveForward has delivered on its mission to empower compassion many times over to consumers across the globe.

From five donations on GiveForward's first day to more than 6,726 donations in one day, GiveForward has helped more than 100,000 people harness the power of kindness by getting them the funds they need to feel better or improve their quality of life as much as possible. Crowdfunding trends and donor demographics witnessed over the years include:

  • A United Country: More than $400,000 was raised in a single day – April 18, 2013 – days after the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. It stands as the highest day of fundraising in the site's six year history.
  • Families and Friends Care: Donations are most likely to come from a beneficiary's own support network of family or friends.
  • Common Medical Treatments: The top three most common medical causes fundraised for are for beneficiaries who are being treated for cancer, require surgery or are awaiting a transplant.
  • Compassion Goes Coast-to-Coast: The top five fundraising states represent both coasts and the midsection of the country too: California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois (in order).
  • #ThoughtfulThursdays: Thursday is the most popular day of the week for donations.

"It's both thrilling and empowering to know that through GiveForward, people going through very difficult times have been able to access funds that will support their healing process," said Desiree Vargas Wrigley, GiveForward co-founder and CEO. "When Ethan and I started GiveForward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we were struggling with the same question that many people grapple with: 'How can we help?' We are happy that GiveForward has helped connect and support so many – both the donors and those in need – and we look forward to helping even more in the future."

GiveForward provides an answer to the question "What can I do to help?" that many ask when a loved one is sick or injured, and provides a platform for support networks to come together to help those in need. What does $100 million supply, in terms of direct or indirect medical expenses – or even the little things that bring families joy?

  • 1,041,666 pairs of crutches
  • 334,448 iPhones
  • 81,103 ER visits
  • 75,988 weekend trips to Disney World
  • 58,823 hospital overnights
  • 3,715 minivans

Visit GiveForward for a list of current fundraisers and information on the people who will benefit from the next $100 million:

About GiveForward

GiveForward is the #1 medical fundraising site and easiest way to help a loved one in need. While many online fundraising websites cater towards more general fundraising efforts, GiveForward specializes in and is the premier online platform for medical fundraising.

Since August of 2008, we have helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars online for things like general medical expenses, cancer treatment, transplants, funeral costs and disaster-relief. Whether you or a loved one is in need, our team is committed to helping our users bring their fundraising plans to life and supporting them all throughout their fundraising experience. For more information, please visit

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