Monday, December 15, 2014

Crowd Funding For Obesity After Thyroid Cancer

After being diagnosed almost twenty years ago, Ms. Edwards decided to perform a case study on obesity and autoimmune diseases, which sometimes develop after having major surgery to have the thyroid removed. Thyroid cancer survivor, DaVida Edwards, is fundraising to create awareness about thyroid issues and the health ailments associated with this type of illness.
As a result she started a fundraising campaign which will provide help to those with obesity and thyroid issues who want to get healthy and stay healthy. Starting with a small garden in her back yard she plans to expand her vegetable garden in order to supply much needed organic meals to families in the community who otherwise may not be able to afford them.

Since her diagnosis Ms. Edwards researched all healthy natural products that don’t include any harmful chemicals or hard to pronounce toxic ingredients. She plans to make those all natural products such as deodorant and shampoo, readily available to the public by launching a new website via this crowd funding campaign.
Visitors to the site will also have the opportunity to apply for grants to help with any obese or thyroid related health issues they may have, for instance, loosing a lot of weight after being obese leaves behind excessive skin that needs to be surgically removed. In the event this procedure is not covered under their medical insurance, people can go to the (just an example) to seek the assistance needed. 
After the tragic incident with Mr. Eric Garner, city medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by neck compression, along with "...the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police." However, contributing factors included bronchial asthma, heart disease, obesity, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Obesity is an epidemic. 

When asked why she started this fundraiser her response was, “I’m a Philadelphian and studies have shown that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is home to more than 1.5 million residents, is tackling obesity throughout the community. Approximately 67.9% of adults in the city and approximately 41% of youth aged 6-17 are overweight or obese. Additionally, nearly 70% of youth in North Philadelphia, the majority of whom are black or Hispanic, are overweight or obese, which is nearly double the obesity and overweight rate for youth in the United States. Fruit and vegetable consumption is a challenge for residents, with nearly 25% of youth and 30% of adults getting only one serving or less per day. Further, approximately 25% of youth do not get sustained physical activity even once a week.” 
Upon being contacted by The Doctor Oz Show in regards her thyroid issues, Ms. Edwards decided to seek support among the medical community from doctors and dieticians who specialize in treating patients with thyroid issues, obesity, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, gum disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, depression and eating disorders. These doctors would then become a part of her efforts to help others with obesity and thyroid issues to not only get healthy, but encourage them to stay healthy as well. 
U.S. health care spending has spiraled to $3 trillion this year, a 42 percent jump since 2006 according to CBS News. UnitedHealthcare (UNH), the biggest U.S. health insurer, is taking aim at controlling costs of cancer treatment with a new pilot program that will provide a set sum for a patient's coverage. The program will focus initially on patients with head and neck cancers, although the company said it may eventually expand the pilot test to include other cancers and to start pilots with other large cancer centers in the U.S. Recent studies have also shown American patients and their insurers shelled out $37.2 billion for oncology treatments in 2013. Prices in the U.S. are higher than in Europe, where medications can cost as much as 38 percent lower.

Donate to this campaign and go with Ms. Edwards on her journey to visit Dr. Sircus in Brazil and find out how his all natural treatments work out as she creates a video documentary on her wellness quest showing what remedies she sought out to get healthy and which ones she avoided.

The fundraising goal is $100,000. As she performs her case study on obesity and thyroid cancer and how to possibly prevent or overcome any autoimmune diseases by teaching others what she did to overcome and/or avoid such ailments altogether. Once Ms. Edwards raises enough capital for the video budget she plans to start making journal style videos and documenting her journey.

Also, planned are annual seminars, "Healthy Lifestyle Seminars" to help others find products and services to cope with their medical issues. The website will also make these products and services readily available to consumers. 
A portion of the proceeds from her ebooks sales, 90 Day Bible and The Fred Johnson Experience will also be donated to this fundraiser which is appropriately titled, “Help Me Fight Back To Help Others” and upon reaching the $100,000. milestone, 1,000 child safety kits will be donated to underprivileged families with cancer survivors. 
For more information how to support, participate in the events, and/or make a donation to teach others, despite their income, how to live a healthier lifestyle visit:

Here's the low-or should I say no-budget video...


Hi! For those of you who don't know me, my name is DaVida and I’m in the process of turning my health issues into a full-time position helping others. As a result of thyroid cancer my weight has blown way out of proportion. After having a total thyroidectomy at the age of 26, the autoimmune diseases started spiraling out of control. So far I’m rumbling with the side effects of taking medications, obesity, arthritis in my lower back and neck, eczema, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gum disease (the dentist said I need a full mouth extraction), sleep apnea (I wake up at night coughing and gagging for breath), migraine headaches, on the verge of being diabetic, depression, dry skin, hair and nails, and a follow-up has been requested for a "so-called" mass in my breast. Is this the part where I'm supposed to just roll over and die?

I can’t possibly be the only one who is suffering from the side effects of loosing a thyroid. There has to be others who are dealing with these very same issues. People who need to know how to avoid these problems. People who need to know how to cope once they have been diagnosed. People who need to know what foods to avoid. People who need to know how to get back to living a healthy lifestyle. There was a time when I thought that meant eating your vegetables, but that’s not the case anymore (some vegetables cause an adverse reaction with prescribed medication causing weight gain). There are other people who need to know learn to control their metabolism despite having glandular problems.

Here’s how I’ve decided to fight back:

1. Start a new non-profit business where people with thyroid issues can apply for grants to get help with thyroid related issues (i.e. obese people can apply for a grant for a gym membership or to have excessive skin removed as a result of weight loss).

2. Start a new for-profit business that is specifically designed to help others who are dealing with these issues as well.

3. Hire staff (assistant, webmaster, marketing agent, videographer, personal trainer, editors, attorneys, grant writers, masseuse, stylist, computer technician, farmers, drivers, consultants, dieticians, etc.) and hold annual seminars promoting healthy products and services

• Create 2 new websites (complete with a blogs and a forums)
• Create 2 new Youtube channels
• Create journal style videos of my struggles, which remedies worked, and what I did to overcome/avoid some of these ailments (i.e. diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.).

At the websites others will be able to:

• Obtain dietician consulting services specifically tailored for your medical history.
• Purchase tickets to attend our annual "Healthy Lifestyle Seminars" (the 1st seminar will be themed, “Thyroid Issues Annual Seminar” to be held Saturday, July 11, 2015)
• View/download recipes created for people who have thyroid issues (tell which foods helped and which foods hurt me or cause me to gain weight)
• Ask questions & Give feedback
• Watch pertinent videos
• Checkout reviews of products I’ve used along my quest to regain my health.
• Sponsor our cause or make donations
• Purchase Natural Products
• All natural deodorant
• All natural baby wipes
• All natural disinfectant wipes
• All natural body lotions
• All natural Shampoo & Conditioner
• Purchase Cookbooks & eBooks (specifically written for people with glandular issues)
• Become a member
• Join our mailing list
• Download apps
• Enter contest
• Share recipes
• Download free ebooks/video’s
• Download newsletter
• Download emagazine
• Apply for a job
• Become an intern
• Get consultation
• Apply for grants
• Share on social media
• Advertise
• Order additional Products & Services as the business grows

Website visitors will also be able to create “Getting Healthy Goals”
(for example here are a few of mines):

• Avoid diabetes
• Drop sleep apnea
• Heal dry skin hair and nails
• Drop 160 lbs. (join gym, eat organic, start juicing, hire a dietician that specializes in thyroid issues, etc.)
• Contact local county cooperative extension service to grow fruit and vegetable gardens
• Start co-op to set up distribution (to sell/give healthy organic vegetables to the community)
• Visit Dr. Sircus in Brazil for treatment (I read somewhere that there is a natural cure for cancer--it’s just not available in U.S.A. I’m going to find out!).
• Network with other farmers
• Create eMagazine “IT’S A THYROID ISSUE”
• Create newsletter “THYROID ISSUES”
• Acquire office space furniture and supplies
• Donate a portion of the proceeds from ebook sales (The 90 Day Bible and The Fred Johnson Experience) to this crowd fundraiser.
• Donate 1,000 child safety kits to less fortunate families with cancer survivors

These are goals that would make me feel better both mentally and physically. By accomplishing my goals, I’m sure, I’ll be able to help countless others who are going through the same troubles.

I'm a 45 year old, single, unemployed General Contractor (believe it or not) slash Business Consultant. The photograph used in this fundraiser is over twenty (20) years old. It was taken when I was happy and healthy. That’s the way I choose to remember myself. So, decided to use it as a tool for encouragement. I'll start making videos once this fundraiser reaches the video production budget milestone. Thanks for dropping by, thank you for caring, thank you for giving, thank you for volunteering, thank you for your kind words of healing, and most of all thank you for your support. Upon reaching my goal, 1,000 child safety kits will be donated to various schools, churches, day care centers, and low-income single parents (click here for more information).

For more information visit: