GiveForward on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and unforuntately I won’t be spending it with my mom.  I never know what to get her either, she’s the hardest person to shop for.  It was fortuitous that in the process of trying to figure out what to get my mom, I read Brad Feld’s blogpost about paying it forward and helping to alleviate the medical bills of someone you’ve never met.

It really struck a chord with me.  We all need help at some point in our lives, and medical bills are one of the scariest of the threats.  It’s not about the medical bills themselves, but if you have a real illness on your hand, it can be lost wages, travel, childcare, medications… all the things that insurance doesn’t cover.  And that’s terrifying.

So this year, in honor of my mom, the most generous person I know, I’m donating money to Justin, a guy from TX who discovered he has testicular cancer. My mom would help him if she could.  I think she’d rather give someone a gift like this than get flowers anyway.

If you aren’t sure what to get your mom this year, try GiveForward.  Find a person to help, and just help.

Thanks Mom for teaching me to be a good person!



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