Six Cancer Fundraising Tips to Help You Raise More Money

Crowdfunding has revolutionized the way people fight cancer. Through crowdfunding, it’s simple for people to quickly raise money to pay medical bills and find both financial and emotional support from their community. These cancer fundraising tips can help you find financial relief so you can focus on your health.

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Top fundraising tips for cancer patients

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1. Find an advocate

Creating and managing a fundraiser takes time and energy. In fact, you will receive the most support by sharing your fundraiser frequently and creatively with your community. We know it can be a challenge to focus on other tasks while in treatment—so this is when a fundraising team comes into play.

A trusted friend or family member can take point on managing your fundraiser and assembling a fundraising team that can help spread the word about your cause. To keep everyone organized, your crew of supporters can also help you create a fundraising plan.

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2. Be transparent about your financial needs

While some financial help for cancer patients comes from the government and organizations, it’s rarely enough to cover all expenses. It can be tough to ask for help, but listing all of your expenses will give your donors an understanding of your financial situation and why you’ve chosen your fundraising goal. Don’t forget to account for any out of pocket medical expenses when setting your fundraising goal.

3. Write a compelling fundraiser story

Your written fundraiser story is critical to fundraising success. It allows potential supporters to connect with you and get to know your history. People love it when you’re clear and honest, so try to answer these questions when crafting your story:

  1. How will these funds help you? Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.  
  2. What treatments will you be going through? (Chemo, surgery, clinical trials, etc.)
  3. What are the expected costs of everything? You can even include photos of medical bills (with personal information hidden).

If you’re feeling creative, why not come up with a catchy hashtag to use in your fundraiser? A hashtag makes it easy for your supporters to follow your story on social media.


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4. Let others know your needs

Asking for financial support isn’t always easy, but remember that your friends and family members want to help. One of the best, low-pressure ways to reach out to your network is through a fundraising letter. You can encourage people to visit your fundraiser by sharing a small portion of your story in your email, then telling them to “click my fundraiser link to read more and find out how to help.”

Besides asking for financial support, consider asking your friends and family to help in other ways within your fundraiser description. For instance, someone may be able to help you run errands or drop off weekly meals.

If you need a hand coming up with the right words, try one of our fundraising email templates that you can personalize.

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5. Post frequent updates

Sharing any news or progress on your fundraiser will keep supporters engaged and encourage continued support. Share the highs and lows of treatment or recovery in your fundraiser updates. Your supporters want to know what you’re going through, whether it’s good or challenging. Feel to get creative with your update messages using videos or images. Having an event? Try using one of our fundraising ideas for cancer patients.

Examples of successful cancer fundraisers

Help Support the Love of My Life

Andrew and Lela met in college. They fell in love, traveled the world, and five years later bought a home together. But their lives changed when Lela was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bowel cancer. The weekly $2,0000 immunotherapy treatments were not covered by their insurance plan, so Andrew turned to his friends and family through GoFundMe. He was able to raise nearly $30,000 to help Lela pay for treatments.

#RichardsArmy Against Lymphoma

Richard’s world was turned upside down when he saw his doctor for a sinus infection and found out he had lymphoma. Richard and his family weren’t financially prepared for the cancer treatment costs they’d encounter at every turn, and soon realized they needed extra help. After launching a fundraiser on GoFundMe, they were able to raise over $30,000 from friends, family, and total strangers.

Looking for more inspiration? See how even more people have used cancer fundraising to relieve their financial burdens.

Find the help you need today

Remember that you’re not alone on this journey. Your network wants to help, and GoFundMe gives them the tools to rally around you and offer financial support. We provide fundraising so you can meet your fundraising goals faster, and our Customer Happiness team is available 24/7 to lend an extra hand. Sign up today to begin fundraising.

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