Heronshopefortodd

Organized by: Karen Pruitt

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THE STORY:

Hi, my name is Keli and my partner's name is Karen,

I am a former Hospice nurse and Karen has an electronics tech degree. We have an electronics/champion bloodline poodles/import-export business, KandK Deezinez.

In 2011 I lost my BROTHER Todd Heron to colon cancer. After the shock subsided some, we decided we were going turn our business into a non profit and start a charity helping others with colon cancer. Ever since, I eat, sleep, live Herons Hope for Todd. This is why I can assure you out of the thousands of colon cancer charities mine will be different and more successful. I have mad-drive, and almost possessed to get this charity off the ground and help as many people as possible. I had no idea how hard it would be to turn our business into a non profit or start a charity. This would be why it has taken me three years to get all my information and help form the board of directors of the charity to actually start getting the funds needed to start this charity. there are mountains of paperwork to fill out and we have learned we need a lawyer to help us with the endless paperwork. We also need start-up money for advertisement, t-shirts, web sites, organized charity events and many other avenues to raise as much money as possible to help as many people as possible. We saw first hand how hard it is on the families when the bread winner of the family can no longer work and the medical bills pile up on the family. Another reason we are so driven.

Todd was the greatest man I have ever known. He has a mother, father, sister, brother,wife, and four beautiful children who loved him more than any thing. He was the youth director in his church and has the ability to be the surrogate father to many kids who didn't have great families. He was a selfless man who gave more than anyone I have ever known and I am driven by the spirit of him and his goodness to do this and do it to the fullest.

Our goal with this charity is to help people that are more susceptible to have cancer who cant afford to have the necessary testing in order to prevent or at least catch the cancer in its early stages, help people and families who have colon cancer with the enormous cost of the treatment, and the children of these people to have the now available genetic testing needed annually to prevent them from getting cancer (as did my brothers sons and our other brother).

Todd was like most men and some women, he hated to go to doctors, so he didn't know he had it until his colon burst, by then it was too late. He had three surgeries and many treatments but it was just too late. We will make it our mission to SCREAM to everyone in the danger zone and everyone over 40 to have the necessary testing to try to catch the cancer in time to be treated.

We live in Alabama and it is one of the top five poorest states in the US. Although we are now required to have insurance many here still do not, and if they do it is the cheapest they can find and it doesn't help much. This is why it is so important to have this charity here. We are driven to save lives or make it financially easier on the families who are dealing with this disease.

I know most people out there have had cancer effect someone close to them, so we all know how important charities like these are. The difference in this charity is that myself and our board of directors are so driven to help people try to catch this disease in its early stages. If we can make it large enough we will go into funding those trying to find a cure for it, but as of now we are focused on those people who need our help.

Right now we need your help to get us off the ground and you have my promise we will use every cent we get toward making the HERONS HOPE FOR TODD FOUNDATION be one of the best and most helpful charities in the world.

I ask you please give as much as you can whether it be $1 or $10,000 we will be sure to use every penny for helping people beat this disease so that they don't have to leave their families in turmoil like Todd did us. If you cant give monetarily any help or advice you can give will also be greatly appreciated.

I also give my word that at least 75%, but will aim for 90% of the charity money will go directly into the charity (you only legally have to give 20% to the charity). Remember this when you give to a charity. I will have a transparent fiances to any one who chooses to see them.

I thank you in advance for any thing you can do.

UPDATES:

WELL WE ARE A COUPLE OF WEEKS INTO OUR CAMPAIGN AND I SEE WE HAVE NO CONTRIBUTIONS.  I REALIZE HOW HARD IT CAN BE TO CHOOSE ONE CAMPAIGN OVER ANOTHER. IT IS ALSO HARD TO GAUGE WHICH ONES ARE SERIOUS OR WHO MIGHT BE DOING IT JUST TO POCKET A LITTLE CASH. I WANTED TO SCREAM TO THE WORLD HOW DIFFERENT THIS CHARITY WILL BE COMPARED TO THE THOUSANDS OF OTHER CANCER CHARITIES

i added the following information I was able to find in five seconds. the reason I wanted to add it is because some year ago I had a very lovely boss that had a very smart brother, and family for that matter . Well Kevin's brother wrote a book in the 90's about just how little of your money actually made it to the charity. I remember after reading it how shocked I was and wondered how many people out there actually knew about this. As I stated above I promise to give at least 75% of all profits taken in, but will strive for 90%

 

A recent investigation revealed telemarketers and direct-mail companies sometimes receive 90 percent or more of the money people donate to charities.

The non-profit organizations end up with just pennies on the dollar raised through solicitation campaigns, and it's all legal. 

The Alzheimer's Association office at Ward Warehouse in Kakaako, Hawaii is one of 77 chapters across the country. Its staff and programs help the families of 31,000 people living with Alzheimer's disease in Hawaii. 

A recent campaign conducted for the Alzheimer's Association by a mainland telemarketing company generated $16,101 in donations from Hawaii. But the charity received just $19.71 of that money,according to the latest state Attorney General's charitable solicitation financial report.

The telemarketing company that conducted the campaign got more than 99 percent of the funds, leaving the Alzheimer's Association with only twelve-tenths of one percent of the Hawaii donations. 

Tim Taravella, director of development for the Honolulu office of the Alzheimer's Association, said he was shocked at the discovery.  

Taravella did some checking with officials at his group's headquarters in Chicago and said he found the "Care and Cure" campaign that yielded so little money for his charity was not supposed to raise a lot of funds. Instead, it focused on finding new volunteers who would donate time, money and support in the future. 

"It is more of a grassroots volunteer recruiting campaign, versus a fundraising activity," Taravella said. "If it was a fundraising model completely, I would have expected the percentage to be much higher in return to the local chapter." 

Hugh Jones, the deputy attorney general in charge of regulating charities for the state of Hawaii, said many people don't know about the lopsided payments that telemarketing and direct mail companies receive for carrying out some charity campaigns. 

"We feel that most donors that find that information out are more reluctant to give, so it can come back to bite the charity in many cases," Jones said. "It's not unusual that a professional solicitor will keep as much as 90 percent of the amount raised. Many charities feel that that's 10 percent more than they expected to get in the first place."

The investigators found plenty of examples of the 90-10 split in favor of the fund raisers instead of the non-profit agencies to which people thought they were donating. 

The Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation -- based in New Jersey -- reported collecting $46,557 in donations from Hawaii in the last year. The charity received only $4,655 of that. 

The direct mail or telemarketing company that conducted the fundraising campaign got 90 percent of the money and the breast cancer non-profit ended up with just 10 percent. 

The Firefighters Support Foundation, based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, reports collecting $22,699 from Hawaii residents in the past year. Most of the money -- 90 percent -- went to the marketing company responsible for soliciting the cash. Only 10 percent went to the non-profit that helps firefighters with training and buys them equipment.  http://www.americanownews.com/story/19707005/how-much-of-your-donations-really-go-to-charity

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