Cancer is something that not only affects the person suffering from the illness but it also hurts everyone close to the patient to see their loved one suffer a fatal illness. It is only natural for a family with a member suffering from cancer to try to fundraise for medical treatment, as cancer treatment is so cripplingly expensive.
When asking for donations for such a sensitive case, try to understand that some will meet it with sympathy, a very few with empathy. However, the people that are sincere and have a strong sense of humanity, and are helpful by nature, will gladly donate for the cause. In the letter, you don’t have to go into the details of the medical report, as mere mention of the disease is enough to touch the hearts of many. Almost everyone has lost someone to cancer at some point.
Try not to make it look like you are begging, no matter how desperately you need the money. Since I have seen so many letters being dismissed for sounding too needy, I want to shelter you from making that mistake and its consequences. Here’s a sample letter:
Sample Fundraising Letter for Cancer Patient
January 16, 2017
Mr. Joshua Aguilar
3523 Isaacs Creek Road
Rochester, IL 62563
Dear Mr. Aguilar:
I am writing to you to raise money for my son’s medical treatment, He suffers from a stage 2 Anaplastic thyroid cancer. Since this is a rare type of thyroid cancer, the recommended treatment does not come under our health insurance.
Therefore, we have to find alternative methods to fund the treatment. We have tried hosting several charity events, which have helped us raise 40% of what we need for the surgery, and the radiotherapy that follows it.
I would be grateful if you were to donate to help save my son Eric Madison’s life from the grip of this fatal, but curable, illness. He is thirteen years old. Since the tumors are still operable at this stage, we still have a fighting chance of recovery. If the surgery and therapy work, Eric will qualify for special medicine clinical trials, which could help not only him but many other people who suffer from the disease. If enough people donate, then even small $5 to $10 donations will help.
I want my son to know how many people there are in the world who are ready to help a stranger in need. He is a caring boy who deserves to make a difference in the world. You could be one of the people that help him live to do so.