Indego Personal exoskeleton is approved for persons with Spinal Cord Injury level T3 and below. Besides Worker’s Comp and veterans, we have seen individuals achieve successful coverage for their Indego personal device through fundraising. Fundraising should be considered as a viable option for any individuals who qualify for Indego Personal. This article will offer some tips and tricks from the Indego team on how to successfully fundraise for your Indego Personal device!
There are several ways to approach fundraising for your own Indego Personal device. Individuals have found success fundraising through established non-profit organizations that help individuals cover medical expenses. Indego works closely with the non-profit charity Help Hope Live (https://helphopelive.org/). Help Hope Live allows family and friends to make a tax deductible charitable donation on behalf of their loved one. The charity helps families manage medical expenses, including the cost of an Indego, for families without endangering their ability to qualify for Medicaid or other financial assistance programs.
Another avenue to pursue fundraising for an Indego Personal is by means of fundraising websites, like GoFundMe, or accepting personal donation through PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle.
While fundraising may feel uncomfortable or embarrassing at first, the Indego staff are here to support your efforts with creative and personal ideas gathered from experience working with our clients.
One client’s mother, Sharon Drescher, shares a beautiful story of how family, friends and even total strangers supported her son, Rob, in being able to get his Indego Personal. Rob was able to walk in the Indego thanks to a highly successful fundraising event in 2019. We have a section of his story below, but you can read the full story on our blog here.
The fundraiser took place throughout the year, starting in April and ending at the turn of the new year. When the year was ending though, the fundraiser was about $10,000 short, and there was concern that the holidays would negatively affect the campaign efforts.
In mid-December, Rob’s mother Sharon was at a gift exchange with her friends and many others. She received a phone call from a family in Richmond that was following their campaign and had fallen in love with Rob’s story. The family donates money once a year to large organizations through their family foundation, but this time, they decided that they wanted to make an impact on one individual. That individual was to be Rob. With their donation of $10,000, the fundraiser was a success.
There Sharon was, in the hallway, crying as her friends gathered around her and asked what was wrong. Everyone learned that the tears were of joy though, and within the next few minutes, Sharon wasn’t the only one that was crying.
Shortly after, Rob was on speakerphone to hear the news. There were cheers, there were many emotions, and it was a moment where it all came together beautifully. Thus, the Indego exoskeleton was shipped to Rob by the end of December.
Fundraising doesn’t have to be daunting, in fact the best fundraising is creative and specific to the individual. Basic fundraising ideas include: car washes, selling personalized t-shirts, virtual or in person 5K race, partnering with organizations like restaurants for a spaghetti dinner or allowing a percentage of the proceeds from one night’s sales to go towards an individual cause, Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser, cake walk, silent auction, and even a walk, run, or bike where individuals participating obtain financial commitments for each mile completed and they go as far as they can!
Here at Indego, we love to help our clients reach meaningful goals, and we don’t shy away from talking about fundraising if that’s what you are interested in! If you or someone you know might benefit from this exciting technology, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 844.846.3446.
About the Author:
Dr. Michelle Martin, PT, DPT, is a Neuro-IFRAH certified physical therapist for the Janz Corporation, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she continued her education to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Michelle has worked with patients with neurological, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, and geriatric related impairments. She enjoys helping patients progress and find creative ways to overcome their barriers to mobility. Michelle hiked 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine and cherishes her role as an Indego Instructor in-training where she is able to help individuals with mobility impairments enjoy the freedom of walking.