My name is Tiffany McKenna and I need your help.
Organized by: Tiffany McKenna
Tiffany McKenna via Crowdrise
June 14, 2014
We all have our own lives to tend to, bills to pay, expenses to meet. But a $10 donation from you can change my life forever and the lives of all the people I hope to help. I'm not going to show you sad pictures to guilt you into helping me. I'm not going to share the grim details of my mother's death. I am asking on the level of one human being to another.
My name is Tiffany McKenna. That's a picture of me to the left, with my mother, Christina. I am a real person. She was a real person. I'm not an actor. I am a school teacher. I grew up on Long Island. I went to a Catholic High School. I come from a family of 3: my mother, my sister, and me. I have an 18 year old bulimic cat, named Bailey. I not one of those people who knows thousands of people. At the moment I'm doing this all on my own. However, I've done my research. I am determined. I am intelligent. And most of all I'm ready to be a part of something bigger than myself. $10 is what I'm asking for from you... I'll take care of the rest. You don't even have to keep reading, though I hope you do. Here's to making the world a better place! I hope you join me. :)
If you don't have the means to help me out financially please, please, please share this on your page, email the link below to your friends, tell your co-workers. Please.
The unfortunate truth is most of us have either had some form of cancer or know someone who has. We've all heard the horror stories. Some of us have even lived through them. Cancer is a word many people are afraid to even think about. Yet it exists and we can't just close our eyes and hope that it goes away. There are many individuals, groups, organizations, foundations, businesses, non-profits, etc., that have joined arms in the fight against cancer. However, there are few that cut out the middle man and allow the world to directly meet the immediate needs and hopeful dreams of those actually battling-- right now.
Day-to-day living, when you're in perfect health, isn't cheap. For our friends, family, or community members battling cancer, the costs can be astronomical and devastating, even with the best insurance. For those without insurance the fight often feels impossible.
So my goal is a simple one. I hope to create a non-profit organization, called Three Little Dots, which will provide an arena for our friends, family, or community members who are battling cancer with an easy and effective way for the rest of us to join and support them in their very real, very scary, very important fight by easing their financial burdens. Members of Three Little Dots will be called Warriors because when my mother was battling cancer, my sister and I referred to her as a warrior. The definition of a warrior is someone engaged in a fight, struggle, or conflict and is known for having courage. The American Cancer Society highlights the following as possible causes for out-of-pocket expenses that someone undergoing typical treatment may face:
- Doctor visits
- Lab tests (blood tests, urine tests, and more, which are usually billed separately)
- Clinic visits for treatments
- Procedures (for diagnosis or treatment, which can include room charges, equipment, doctors, pathologists, and more)
- Imaging tests (such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, which may mean that you’re billed separately for radiologist fees, equipment, and any medicines used in the test)
- Radiation treatments (implants, external radiation, or both)
- Drug costs (inpatient, outpatient, prescription, non-prescription, and procedure-related)
- Hospital stays (which can include many types of costs such as drugs, tests, and procedures as well as nursing care, doctor visits, and consults with specialists)
- Surgery (surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist, operating room fees, equipment, medicines, and more)
- Home care (can include equipment, drugs, visits from specially trained nurses, and more)
Other possibe expenses include:
Transportation and travel. This includes expenses due to traveling to and from the doctor’s office and/or treatment facility, whether it is by car, bus, train, or airplane, and hotels or other lodging.
Family and living expenses. This includes costs related to running your household and caring for your family during cancer treatment, such as childcare, elder care, and coping support.
Caregiving, at-home care, and long-term care. This includes any additional care a person with cancer may need, such as hiring a person to fix meals or drive the patient to each medical appointment. It could also include extended nursing care at a specialized facility or the assistance of a home health aide.
Employment, legal, and financial issues. This includes the costs that arise when a person needs professional guidance on employment, legal, or financial issues related to a cancer diagnosis. This may involve addressing loss of wages by the patient or caregiver, learning about employment rights under the law, figuring out medical expenses during income tax filing, or writing a will.
Alternative Therapies, such as: Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Nutritional Counseling, Biofeedback, Aromatherapy, Meditation, Yoga, Music Therapy, Tai Chi, Pranic Healing, etc.
Nonirritating cosmetics, toiletries, household products, fabrics, etc.
Though the name might sound cute, it is anything but. Three Little Dots was derived from the blue or black tattoos that cancer patients receive prior to undergoing radiation treatment. My mother, Christina, had three little dots tattooed on her abdomen before she underwent radiation therapy to treat a very rare and aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.
Here's how it will work:
1. Select a Warrior.
Donors may search for a Warrior to donate to by name, geographic location, diagnosis, treatment type, or other search criteria. If a donor has no preference, Three Little Dots will try to partner the donor with a Warrior in their community (anonymously or publicly).
2. 100% of your donation goes to your Warrior
Three Little Dots directs 100% of all donations earmarked for wish lists to the chosen warrior in the form of online credit, which the Warrior can use towards purchasing items with our approved vendors. Three Little Dots takes $0 of individuals' donations for administration.
3. Ordering resources
The Warrior uses the credit to shop online from a network of affiliate vendors that have partnered with Three Little Dots. The Warrior has full discretion to purchase resources that meet their needs and increase their quality of life. If the Warrior is unable to meet their needs through any of our affiliate vendors, our organization works with our Warriors on a one-to-one basis until they get what they need.
4. 100% accountability and transparency
If applicable, Three Little Dots sends each donor an "Money Well Spent Report" which details item-by-item, dollar-for-dollar what the Warrior purchased with the donation. This is determined by the type of donation a donor elected.
5. Corresponding and interacting
Donors and Warriors can elect to communicate as often as desired, or not at all. This will be listed as an option for both Warriors and Donors. If both parties opt to enable communication, donors can learn about the difference they have made in the life of the individuals we're here to serve. In most instances, donors receive thank you letters and/or invitations to attend events personal to their Warrior. Donors may choose to support a Warrior in ways beyond financial contributions, such as visiting the Warrior, joining future fundraising or personal events, and other activities that are coordinated directly between donor and warrior. Please note, Three Little Dots does not support the activities of our donors or members outside of the mission described herein.
6. Lasting relationships
As donors participate in subsequent years, they not only enjoy the cumulative effect of their efforts with each successful year, but also develop a lasting and meaningful relationship with the person who's life they were able to make a little bit better.
Three Little Dots will be a 100% transparent not-for-profit, where 100% of donor dollars goes directly where it should go-- to our friends, family, community members who are fighting for their lives. Membership for our Warriors will be 100% free of cost, advertisements, and BS-- always.
I set up this fundraiser with Crowdrise because most people haven't a clue as to how much $$ to takes to set up a non-profit. Here's a breakdown of where your dollars will go:
1. Approximately $350 to form LLC and file with NY state.
2. $400 to file IRS Form 1023, lets the IRS know I am filing for tax-exempt status. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1023.pdf
3. $400 to file IRS Form 8718 which asks for a determination letter. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8718.pdf
5. Approximately $1000 for office supplies: computer, fax, printer, phone line, paper supplies, computer software
6. Approximately $1000 for human resources such as bookkeeper, attorney fees, accountant, consulting fees, web development
7. $200 domain name, website, web hosting, web development
8. Approximately $1000 for misc expenses: travel, advertising, fund raising materials, event entrance/booth fees