I’m Dr.Mani. Author. Heart surgeon. Fund raiser.
Writing, fund raising and content marketing have helped me sponsor expensive, life-saving surgery for over 100 under-privileged children with congenital heart disease (CHD).
Over 14 years, several thousand people have helped in this venture. Some donated money. Others generously spared their time and energy. By helping spread the message to many people, we made magic happen. We touched and impacted the future of many children.
Together, we saved lives.
As word spreads and more people join us, we can help many more children. Just in my State alone, an estimated 40 THOUSAND children await treatment for heart defects. Most families cannot afford to pay for this expensive surgery – even when they know it is life-saving.
- Why should you care?
- What can you do?
- How can you help?
Before getting into more detail, here’s a promise. It won’t take much time. It won’t cost money. It won’t be difficult.
And it will help save a child’s life!
Ok, let me briefly recap what’s already happened.
The unusual combination of a heart surgeon who uses the Internet and his writing to raise money to sponsor a child’s treatment at first interested, and then inspired, many people who have heard the story.
Some stories were ‘event based’ and centered around CHD Awareness Day (February 14th every year), the Heart Kids Blogathon (where I blogged non-stop for 24 hours to raise awareness about CHD), or the ‘Save a Child’s Heart’ firesale. Others were ‘activity based’ and grew around my writing and fund raising efforts.
The conversation happened online – on discussion forums and blogs, via email and private messages, and on social media. It extended offline – to conversations at seminars and workshops, client or partner discussions, and even family chats.
As more people talked about it, more people joined the “Dr.Mani Network” to help save a child’s life.
What happened next?
As a result, over 100 children have now been operated for life-threatening congenital heart defects from funds raised through donations, and royalties from my book sales.
By joining us and extending the reach of this message of CHD awareness, YOU will help many more children who are waiting for a miracle to save their lives.
How can you do this?
1. By BLOGGING
Maybe you already have a blog, or can get one going. Add your voice to the discussion. Post a message about CHD awareness from time to time. Share your thoughts and views on children fighting this deadly disease. Invite friends and family to help.
2. By SHARING
On social media, news spreads far and wide – almost instantly. By sharing this with your contacts on Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest, Google+ or any other network, a child whose family is desperate for support may find an answer to their earnest prayer.
3. By LINKING
If you own a website, blog or other online asset, you could link to the CHD Awareness website at http://www.CHDinfo.com – and even introduce the Dr.Mani Children Heart Foundation and the work we do, so that more people are encouraged to join and support us.
4. By REFERRING
Know a child with CHD who might need help? Tell us at the Foundation. No, we may not be able to help everyone (we’re just not that big or resourceful)… but we’ll try our very best.
And if you know someone who wants to sponsor a child’s treatment, your introduction could save a life and make a huge difference to a child’s future.
That’s Why YOU Truly Matter In This Challenge
Everything that YOU do extends and expands the conversation. In our digitally connected universe, YOU are a newscaster, an influencer and a thought leader.
YOU can use your reach and network to
spread word about CHD awareness.
Fresh audiences around the world will hear about CHD through you, discover how they can help, and choose to make a difference. If just ONE person learns about this through you every day, in a year you’ll spread the message to over THREE HUNDRED people!
Yes. You have the power.
You can change the world – and make meaning.
Starting right now.
Words can change lives. Or save a child’s heart.
It doesn’t take a huge effort. You don’t have to spend a fortune.
All you need is persistence. Passion. And the desire to help a child from a family that’s less fortunate than you.
Thank you from my heart – for caring, and sharing.