Crowdfunding: New way to raise money for health needs

People faced with soaring healthcare costs have looked for help before. Now they’ve found another possible solution online.

Thousands are sharing their stories on websites in what is known as crowdfunding. It’s the latest online evolution connecting individuals who are in need, with people who want to do good.

In the past, you might have just donated to an organization. But now, you can find the actual person you want to help, like little Madden.

Madden was born with a rare genetic disorder. He needs surgeries to stay alive, and the costs are overwhelming.

GoFundMe“ER visits, medication, he’s on a special formula,” said Mandy Sheridan, Madden’s mother.

While his disease is rare, his situation is not. Millions of Americans struggle to pay for their medical bills, just like Madden’s mother. But now thousands are getting help thanks to crowdfunding. Their stories are shared on crowdfunding websites, where perfect strangers pitch in and help.

“It was so exciting…

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