BONUS 44: Crowdfunding Infertility Treatments

April 1, 2016

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This bonus episode is a little different than normal in that I’m not talking to a medical professional in the infertility world. My guest is Jacob Upshaw. He and his wife, Sarah, are infertility warriors who have used a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their infertility treatments. It’s a unique way to raise money that you may never have considered, but Jacob is here to share how they have done it and how it might just work for you.

Jacob and Sarah’s infertility is a result of his being a healthy carrier for cystic fibrosis, with a main side effect being infertility. Procedures need to be done to correct the problem and IVF is required for them to have biological children. The GoFundMe campaign began simply as a way that family members could donate money in lieu of gifts for Jacob and Sarah at the holidays. It has evolved into something in which even perfect strangers have donated!

Ironically, it took about nine months for Jacob and Sarah to reach their financial goals and begin the treatment process. We wish the Upshaw’s success as they continue on their journey to BEAT INFERTILITY!

  • Before we get too far, I’d love to hear your personal infertility story. When did you start trying to have a baby, what was your diagnosis, etc.?
  • What made you decide to try crowdfunding as opposed to another method of financing your treatments?
  • How would you describe the response?
  • Have there been any strangers who’ve donated, or is it mostly friends and family?
  • What tips do you have for choosing the right crowdfunding platform?
  • What about actually setting up a compelling page? What tips do you have there?
  • How do you recommend getting the word out about your crowdfunding campaign?
  • I noticed your campaign has been live for 14 months. Looking back at your crowdfunding journey, is there anything you would have done differently that might have sped up the process for you?
  • What’s kept you hopeful all this time?
  • What’s next for you in your infertility journey?

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