World Stroke Day - Raise funds for stroke on ImpactGuru

By: Milton, Diamond

Published On: October 28, 2021

World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 every year with an attempt to raise awareness about brain stroke: the silent killer. The theme for this year is ‘precious time’ which aims at bringing attention towards stroke signs and the benefits of timely access to emergency medical care.

People around the world observe the day by educating themselves on the risk factors related to brain stroke while also learning about what they could do to prevent them, and how to react when someone around them is having a stroke.

The World Stroke Organization (WSO) states that at least one in four adults will experience a brain stroke in their lifetime. In layman’s terms, a stroke happens when the blood supply to your brain is cut off or obstructed, resulting in temporary or permanent damage to your brain cells. 

Brain stroke is one of the most deadliest non-communicable diseases as it ranks third in the leading cause of mortality in the world. According to the Indian Stroke Association,  India has been observing nearly a 100% increase in brain stroke cases since the past few decades. 

Stroke statistics & treatment in India

According to a report in 2019, brain stroke was estimated to have caused close to 700,000 deaths in India which contributed to 7.4% of the total deaths in the country. Moreover, the incidence rate of stroke in India is between 105 - 152 per 1,00,000 individuals in a year. 

The treatment for brain stroke usually involves medical procedures like intravenous (IV) thrombolysis, angioplasty and stent placement. Apart from these, a patient usually has to undergo rehabilitation programmes like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. 

The average cost for these treatments is usually over INR 5 lakhs but may also exceed INR 10 lakhs because of prolonged treatment. Steep costs of the medical bills usually force Indian families to delay treatment which inadvertently leads to irreversible damage or even death of the patient.

What is medical crowdfunding?

Medical crowdfunding enables patients to collect funds from a large group of donors online for their treatment. This takes place through a crowdfunding website in India wherein the patient raises funds for their medical bills with the help of donors by starting an online fundraiser for themselves. 

Patients have raised funds for brain stroke as well as other medical treatments like chemotherapy, organ transplants, bone marrow transplant, SMA treatment and many more.

Benefits of medical crowdfunding

In the past few years, crowdfunding platform - ImpactGuru has raised more than INR 1500 crore with the help of over 20 lakh donors which has directly impacted the lives of more than 5 lakh people! Here are a few benefits of crowdfunding with ImpactGuru:

  1. 0% fundraiser fee

At ImpactGuru, a patient does not have to pay any fees upfront for starting a fundraiser. This helps in amplifying the campaigner’s and the donor’s impact while also ensuring that all fundraisers receive maximum funds.

  1. No payback liability

Medical fundraising is vastly different from loans and insurance as there is no liability of paying back the amount. The total funds collected on fundraising platforms are raised by well-wishers and thereby they do not need to be paid back by the patient. 

  1. Instant withdrawal feature

Brain stroke needs emergency medical intervention and lengthy treatment. As time is crucial during a stroke, the patient or their family may need to pay the medical bills to resume the treatment. ImpactGuru allows patients to withdraw a partial or entire amount from the fundraiser. These funds are directly transferred to the hospital while the fundraiser remains active to receive more donations.

Medical crowdfunding helped Pradeep raise funds for brain stroke

Pradeep Aadhav, 49, was a broker and the sole breadwinner of his family which consisted of his old mother in her 80’s and an elder sister. One day, after returning home from work, Pradeep was sitting down to have a glass of water when his family heard a loud thud.

Pradeep had suffered a brain hemorrhage which had left his body half-paralysed. His condition was so dire that he had to be put on a ventilator for 8 days. Pradeep was on the verge of death but his comeback - his mother and sister say - was nothing short of miraculous. 

Pradeep was advised to go through rehabilitation programmes and other treatments to ensure he didn’t lose complete movement in his body. But his ageing mother and sister did not have the means to afford over INR 9 lakhs for the treatment. They had spent all of their savings on Pradeep so far and needed support from well-wishers.

Not knowing what else to do, Pradeep’s sister started a fundraiser on ImpactGuru. Within 100 days, 871 donors turned up to raise over INR 12,17,000 for his treatment!  His treatment was only possible due to the support of kind donors. As of now, Pradeep has to continue with robotic assistance therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy as his family and doctors alike hope that he makes a full recovery!

Several stroke prevention strategies are similar to heart disease such as following a healthy diet, monitoring your blood pressure levels, controlling diabetes and regular exercise. On World Stroke Day, medical experts raise awareness on adopting a healthy lifestyle in one’s daily routine until they become second nature. 

You can start a fundraiser for yourself or on behalf of someone who has suffered from a brain stroke to pay off the medical bills. If, on the other hand, you would like to help brain stroke patients this World Stroke Day, you can donate to brain stroke fundraisers on ImpactGuru.