Crowdwish does it again! An amazing site run by amazing people.


Crowdwish 95 Actioned.

Today’s Crowdwish was ‘I wish that my friend would not have to face losing her home after the death of her husband’.

We completely appreciate that there are many, many people in the world faced with appalling sets of circumstances, and many incredible charities doing fantastic work to alleviate as far as possible the difficulties those people face.

So to be clear, we are not attempting to subjectively decide this is a more deserving case than any other; but it is one that has come to the top of the list on Crowdwish and so we are compelled to help, and happy to do so.

Whilst preserving the anonymity of the individual concerned, here’s the reality of their very difficult and delicate situation.

A woman is recovering from an abusive history; so abusive that she is suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

For years she cares for her husband who has Multiple Sclerosis.

The small savings pot they had accumulated becomes rapidly depleted by unavoidable medical bills.

Her husband dies and her reason for being and daily purpose are shattered. With the savings gone, she can no longer afford the mortgage repayments.

The acute nature of the PTSD means that – despite her intelligence and ability – it is not viable for her to hold down a regular job and generate a consistent income.

Further complications relating to confusing state benefits mean that statutory welfare payments are not forthcoming.

The bank starts to get increasingly less tolerant and they send representatives to her house explaining that it must be repossessed.

The remaining ‘family’ that she has are two cats and a dog that she rescued from a shelter. Their companionship that has meant so much is jeopardised by the likely loss of the home, exacerbating her anxiety and underlying mental health issues.

It seems likely now that she will lose her house, but friends are rallying round to see whether they can work out a way in which she might be able to move into an apartment and get to keep her pets.

One of those friends – Fern Mulholland – put the wish on Crowdwish some weeks ago, and that’s how we got involved.

We have helped Fern set up a page on Gofundme – a brilliant site in the US that has had lots of success in raising money for people in stricken circumstances – explaining the situation as we have above and asking for donations for her friend. We have donated $250 to get things going, and Fern has made a generous contribution herself.

At Crowdwish, we are really grateful for the many, many emails and messages we receive from people asking how they can help with the wishes, make contributions, ‘give back’ and so forth; so we hope this will be an opportunity for people to do just that. Here’s the link again. Gofundme

Until tomorrow.

Crowdwish – a Genie in the UK


If you have never heard of Crowdwish, let me tell you a bit about it. It is an amazing site that grants wishes according to votes. Many deserving wishes have seen some sort of action put into motion. One “wish” is granted daily. Today’s winning wish is talked about below:

Crowdwish 83 Actioned.

Today’s Crowdwish was ‘I wish we could crowdfund research into curing illness’

This is a really interesting idea and one that has yet to receive widespread adoption. Crowdfunding for business ideas on sites like Kickstarter and for creative projects on sites like IndieGogo is now a massive deal. In fact Kickstarter recently announced that a total of over $1bn had been pledged to date on the site, by over 14,000,000 people who have collectively funded over 58,000 start-up businesses and ideas.

Currently though, examples of Crowdfunding for medical research are few and far between. The rare Genomics institute in America is very committed to it; they have profiles of individuals on their site suffering from rare diseases, and the required research can then be micro-financed by groups of individuals. You can see some of their case studies here, and many children have already benefited from achieving their funding targets, and even exceeding them.

Elsewhere, is very cool. Backed by partners including the University of Washington, it allows for crowdfunding across a whole range of scientific research – from finding a non-toxic alternative to Teflon, to an in-depth study of Bison fossils. There are quite a few medical research projects on here and, again, it is a fascinating site to look through, even if you don’t intend to contribute towards the research financially. As they eloquently put it themselves:

As a society, we are in a position to study, learn, and innovate more than ever before. Yet there is one major bottleneck: funding. In recent years, it’s become increasingly difficult for new ideas to get off the ground, especially the innovative and high-risk ideas with the biggest impact.

Since 2010, 80% of principal investigators spend more time writing grant proposals and 67% are struggling with less funding. ‘Big science’ has become synonymous with ‘budget cuts’.

This is about our ability to invest in our future. This is about Science for the people, by the people.

On your behalf, we’ve contributed $100 to this project.

It has been posted by a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University called Dr Walter Moss. He is investigating whether or not viral molecular structures (EBV) can cause cancer and sounds terrifyingly clever. You can see his pitch at .

Posted on March 29, 2014





Thursday, March 27, 2014

Microbe Discovery Project Launches Crowdfunding for ME/CFS Microbiome Study

 (The following message comes from the Microbe Discovery Project. To find out more, go HERE.)

“I think that the microbiome is going to be where the action is [in ME/CFS] … I am really eager to pursue that work.” ~Dr. W. Ian Lipkin


In the past year our ME/CFS community has shown that it can rapidly raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for specific projects. After patients and supporters in Norway – with a population sixty times smaller than that of the US – raised $430,000 in 90 days for a clinical trial of Rituximab, a slew of US campaigns began crowdfunding and reached or exceeded their targets at astonishing speeds: $213,000 in 31 days for the documentary film Canary in a Coal Mine; $18,000 in 35 days for the documentary The Blue Ribbon; and $150,000 in 75 days for an Open Medicine Foundation study of Vitamin B12.

So, we can do this and we can do it quickly. Please donate now, from any country, so we can all benefit from the results of the study; Dr. Lipkin’s prestige is such that his findings will have international impact and help all of us. Tell your friends, your family and your local community to donate and spread the word.

Together, we can do this!

[Watch Dr. Lipkin describe this project here:]

ME/CFS: a devastating neuro-immune disease as disabling as multiple sclerosis, affecting one million Americans and 17 million people worldwide.

The study: a cutting-edge hunt for the causes of ME/CFS in the gut “microbiome” – the bacteria, viruses and fungi in the digestive system – led by “the world’s most celebrated virus hunter”, Dr W. Ian Lipkin at the world’s largest and most advanced center for microbe discovery and diagnosis at Columbia University in New York.

The payoff: a world-class study with the potential to swiftly lead to treatments using drugs, probiotics or exclusion diets.

Our challenge: to raise $1.27 million (£760,000; €910,000) to fund the project and do it fast! The scientists are ready to go and can complete and publish the study within 12 months. The sooner we fund it, the sooner it starts.

Donate HERE.

Paying it Forward: Gordon the Stuffed Pig


A lovely story about Lindsay, a warm, enthusiatic woman who believes in random acts of kindness…

Miss Four Eyes

Meet Lindsey! She’s a self proclaimed Professional Sunshine Spreader and she lives for Random Acts of Kindness. She wants to change the world into a more compassionate place, from her stories you can just tell that she’s definitely succeeding at it too. She’s guest blogging here today. Enjoy her post and don’t forget to visit her blog, Based On A True Story!

Yesterday, whilst preparing to enter the library for an afternoon of work, I caught a glimpse of a homeless man searching through the dumpsters seemingly quite intent on searching for some special object. I watched as his body language seemed to lift and stiffen in response to finding what he was looking for. He then dove halfway into the dumpster in order to fish something specific out.

When he emerged, his bright blue eyes were shining and his face was beaming with pride. I watched him stare…

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