Man Raises Money for New Liver on Internet

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Florida resident nearing online fundraising goal of $10,000 for liver transplant procedure using new personal donation service, GoFundMe.com

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We could not have done it without GoFundMe... setting up was so simple, and people can donate in under a minute. - GoFundMe User

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Friends of the recently widowed Don Waugh are well on their way to raising $10,000.00 for the man's upcoming liver transplant using the new personal donation website, GoFundMe.com.

"There is no other feeling than watching something you care so deeply about take-off," said friend and organizer Eve Naskale. The help comes just in time for the 40-year-old Waugh, whose 38-year-old wife Kim passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2010.

Don, always cheerful but plagued with health problems, was diagnosed with liver failure in 2004 and relied on the love and support of his wife throughout his ongoing medical treatments. "No one would have been shocked if it was Don, but no one expected Kim to suddenly pass away. Now Don's main support is gone," read a statement on the donation website. Kim leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter, now in Don's care.

"Although he has more health issues than many face in a lifetime, he is the one who takes care of her and offers support to others when they need it," says Naskale. Now it's Don's friends who are offering the support by contributing thousands of dollars in online donations to his Brand New Liver fund on GoFundMe.com

GoFundMe co-founder Brad Damphousse states: "Over half of the donation pages we see involve friends and family helping one another in a time of personal crisis. Our goal is to provide the easy-to-use tools that help make life a little better during difficult times."

"We could not have done it without GoFundMe... ", exclaimed Naskale. "It is also wonderful to see the progress of the fund grow and let others see it as well. It lets people know they are really making a difference in saving a life. Setting up was so simple, and people can donate in under a minute."

To learn more about Don Waugh and to make a contribution towards his liver transplant, please visit BrandNewLiver.com.

GoFundMe.com is a personal donation website that makes it simple for people to raise money online. Users are able to create their donation page in less than a minute and share it with friends, family and contacts using Facebook, Twitter & email. The service costs $9/month to use and does not charge any transaction or processing fees. All donations go directly into a user's PayPal account to ensure instant, secure access to all money collected. The new service was officially launched on May 10, 2010. The San Diego-based company is led by co-founders Brad Damphousse and Andrew Ballester.

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Brad Damphousse, President
support(at)gofundme(dot)com

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