Defeating MS

Web Development & Product Design

There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, and we know very little about it. In October 2016 I decided to climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for this cause. It took me 3 months of fundraising and 7 days up and down Kilimanjaro to raise $10.000.

I developed the donation platform myself because I couldn’t find a good enough solution. I open-sourced it and it’s available on Github. You can see what I built here: defeatingms.org.

Product Management100%
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Frontpage of the donation campaign I did raising money for Multiple Sclerosis
Frontpage of the donation Typeform collecting money
Image of the donation campaign made with Typeform
Message from donators in Typeform donation form

Learnings

Fundraising is hard
Raising money is a challenge. Raising $10.000 in 3 months is even more challenging. If you want to fundraise, you need to put in the hours.

Find a cause you care about
Since fundraising is hard you need a reason to keep going when the going gets tough. Find a cause that is special to you and pursue it.

It’s worth it
You are making an impact on the world and inspire other people to follow your footsteps. It’s worth all the sweat you put in.

Ask for advice 
Other people have done this before. Avoid making the same mistakes by reaching out and talking to some successful fundraisers around the world.

Get people to donate time
Figure out what keynote speakers companies want to pay for and ask that speaker to donate his time for the cause. People are more willing to give away time and expertise than cold hard cash. It’s a win-win.

Achievements

Raised $10.000
In 3 months I managed to raise $10.000 by climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Incredible experience and for a good cause.

Inspiring others
Friends and family around me messaged me asking for advice on how to get started themselves. We need more people who cares.

Shorter trials
I have contributed to making clinic trials for MS drugs less expensive and shorter. This allow more products to enter the pipeline in the search for a cure.