The past few months have been a bit of a challenge for me. I was diagnosed with brain cancer in February. Since then, I’ve been going to treatment five times a weeks, reading everything I can get my hands on to learn about brain cancer, and taking as many naps as I can get. On top of all that, I’ve been pawning my belongings to pay for treatment and asking friends and family to help me.
The response has been overwhelming. Not only have friends and family reached out to support me – total strangers have sent me checks in the mail, saying that they heard about me through so and so, and that they wanted to help. I feel very blessed to have so many people standing in my corner.
The irony is that my own fundraising and cancer treatment have sidelined by efforts to raise money for abortion patients. I’m still involved with Abortion Access Network of Arizona, but I have had to substantially decrease my role. The reason that I say this is ironic is that over the course of the past year, AANA has raised approximately $8000. That’s great news. But the sad thing is that I’ve been able to raise $8000 for my cancer treatment in three months. What does that say about people’s attitudes around abortion?
I’m not asking this question as a form of criticism. I guess I am just expressing mixed emotions about the fundraising game. Please believe that I am very grateful for every penny that people have given me to help me fight my brain tumor. On the other hand, I wish that folks were just as passionate about helping people pay for their abortions. I don’t know how to reconcile those feelings.
For those of you who are part of abortion funds, how have you been able to connect with donors and get them motivated about funding abortions? When I compare AANA’s bowl-a-thon numbers to other funds who have raised between $10,000 – $20,000 at one event, I feel like we have a lot we can learn from the success of other funds. I’d love to get some ideas so that AANA’s fundraising can be as successful as my own efforts to raise money for my health care expenses. Got any suggestions?
Serena is a freelance writer who enjoys baking, protesting, and playing with little dogs.