The Gift of Life

Hoxie, KS, Rural Carrier Herb Cressler with his wife Marty

Hoxie, KS, Rural Carrier Herb Cressler with his wife Marty

In February 2010, Hoxie, KS, Rural Carrier Herb Cressler’s wife Marty was diagnosed with leukemia. Fortunately for Marty, her sisters were a bone marrow match and doctors were able to successfully transplant the healthy cells. During her treatments in Denver, CO, hospital staff asked Cressler if he would be willing to be tested and have his name added to the bone marrow registry. Cressler agreed.

“This was the least I could do since I feel indebted for the gift my wife and I received,” said Cressler.

Last month, Cressler discovered that he was a match for a 17-year old boy, and had the opportunity to give the same gift of life that had been provided to his wife five years earlier. Cressler’s selfless donation of bone marrow helped save the boy’s life.

Marty has been in remission since 2012, and both she and her husband are planning a trip to Rome this fall.

“Don’t put off the things you would like to do because tomorrow is not guaranteed,” said Cressler.

Crowd Funding New Ideas

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In recent years, receiving a small business loan from a financial institution has become difficult to obtain. Tighter lending standards, additional asset qualifications, and tougher scrutiny over business plans have cause some to seek alternative options. One of those options is to seek financial help from the potential audience of the project.

To help get the funding he needed to transform a product idea into reality, a high school student in Utah enlisted the aid of Kickstarter.com. With the help of generous donors, he was able to produce his outdoor game made with wooden blocks. More than 300 games have been sold to date, and his shipping provider of choice is the U.S. Postal Service using Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Boxes.

When traditional funding sources aren’t within reach, a well-crafted pitch to potential backers on a crowd funding website could generate the needed resources to turn a dream into a reality.

What are some of your experiences with crowd funding projects?

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