MedGift, a 501(c)3 charity, is a resource for people facing a health-related journey. MedGift no longer offers personal fundraising.
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Whether you or someone you love faces a long-term fight like childhood cancer, recovery from a surgery or accident, or is in need of items that can ease a health-related journey.
MedGift allows you to create your own personal support page so you can share with your friends and loved ones where you are on your journey and how they can help. You can share updates on progress, post photos, and receive encouragement and support from your community. Keep this private or with share your social network if you like. You also have calendaring to organize help for day-to-day life.
MedGift takes the guesswork and awkwardness out of asking how one can help. Through your personalized MedGift support page, you or your advocate can describe how friends and loved ones can best provide support.
While Diem lost her fight on November 14th, 2014 her dream lives on, please learn about MedGift’s vision through her own words…
“Hi, my name is Diem Brown. During my first bout of Ovarian Cancer in 2005 …
“Hi, my name is Diem Brown. During my first bout of Ovarian Cancer in 2005, I realized how hopeless and isolated one can become while going through a hardship.”
“I was an entertainment reporter at the time and wanted to get a real looking human wig so I could continue working without letting anyone know I was undergoing chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer. I had no idea that human hair wigs costs were in the thousands! At the same time, all of my girlfriends were asking how they could help me and I wanted to say “I need money for a wig” but I felt too silly to ask them for money.”
“That was until I kept getting email after email from my girlfriends with their wedding and baby registry links. In an instant, I realized that we celebrate and support every life milestone except when one becomes ill or is going through a hardship. We celebrate the birth of a child with a baby registry, we celebrate the joining of two lives with a wedding registry… why not create a site where we could also celebrate the fight for a life going through a hardship with a support registry.”
“MedGift was born because I know how isolated one can feel when it seems you are going through a tough journey alone. I wanted to create a home where people can feel how powerful a support community can be and bring an element of celebration of that fighting spirit in each of us when life seems to throw you an unmanageable curve-ball.”
“My educational background is in communications and journalism. My skill set of investigation lead me to diving into the world of programming and learning website design and user experience compatibility since 2005.”
“I currently write a weekly blog for People Magazine as their health and women’s issue contributor as it is my passion for those who struggle to know that they are not alone and to help show them a way to regain the hope that helps us to fight!”
“My second ovarian cancer battle in 2012-2013 gave me more insight into what someone needs when they feel their world is crumbling in around them. It also gave me even more passion and inspiration to create a complete support website that can help someone who is struggling on every level: emotionally, physically and financially! MedGift is a site for you, so please let us know your comments and ideas on how we can better help you through your hardship journey!”