|Story by Joey Sarandos and Jean Robb|
Princess Mia In support of Mia FoutzShow your support by purchasing a Tribe Tag.
On Sunday afternoon, Mia started violently vomiting to the point we were worried about her hydration again. Knowing we could wait until after Labor Day, we took her to PCH Monday. After hours of going through the admitting process, Mia was given a CT scan. Although we were initially told that the scans came back clear (by someone who obviously didn't know what he was talking about), they scheduled a full MRI of her head and spine. By early afternoon Tuesday we had the MRI results back and were given the horrible news that Mia had a brain tumor.
On Wednesday morning at 9:30am, the PCH surgeons wheeled Mia into the operating room to remove the tumor. By 4pm, after a grueling day of waiting, we were told that the surgery went as well as it could have. The surgeon believed that he removed the entire tumor and he did not think there would be much neurological damage.
Mia woke up Wednesday night, moved her arms and legs and spoke to us. She was truly ticked off at the world, but seems great otherwise.
The doctors are doing an MRI this afternoon to confirm that they got out everything and we should have the pathology back on Monday. What happens next depends on those results.
We will likely be at PCH for the next few weeks so we created this Tribe Page to keep you all updated. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers these past few days.
Here's how it works!
The Human Tribe Project allows "tribes" to give money directly to a beneficiary in need. There are no parameters stipulating how money raised is spent. And all those who donate receive a wearable token of support in the form of a "Tribe Tag" in return.
Founded by Phoenix attorney Jaclyn Foutz in memory of her friend Kindra McLennan. When McLennan was diagnosed with cancer, her friends and family came together to raise money and to offer emotional support. Although McLennan lost her battle with cancer, she inspired the founders of the Human Tribe Project to create a website that combined social networking and charitable giving.
How the Human Tribe Project Works:
A "Tribe Leader" sets up a website on behalf of a beneficiary, who in turn has a space to blog and share her or his experiences. The blog can be viewed by invited members of her or his Tribe. Tribe members can provide financial support by purchasing the Tribe Tags and provide emotional support by reading, commenting, and sharing the site with others. As the Human Tribe Project website argues, "As the Tribe evolves, the personal networks of each of the Tribe Members can become Tribe Members as well. Human Tribe Project was founded upon the premise that all people belong to a larger Tribe, and that this Tribe can be a powerful resource when one of its members faces a personal or health-related crisis." As important as the financial support can be, this emotional support can oftentimes be just as sustaining.
Tribe Tags - much like a dog tag - are available for $20 or $100. The money raised ($15 of the former and $75 of the latter) is distributed to the beneficiary on a monthly basis. "Tribe Tags are the cornerstone of our site," said Human Tribe Project co-founder Jaclyn Foutz. "They offer monetary support to ease the Beneficiary's financial burden, enabling him to focus on getting better and act as a visible reminder of the constant encouragement and support the Tribe offers the Beneficiary."
Although health care reform promises to lessen some of the financial burdens for those facing medical crises, the need remains for projects that help with the fundraising and with the emotional support. The Human Tribe Project is an innovative site that tackles both.
What it isHuman Tribe Project is a free website that allows friends and family to come together, show support and raise money for a loved one during a health crisis. It was founded upon the premise that all people belong to a larger Tribe comprised of their loved ones and acquaintances, and that this Tribe can be a powerful resource when one of its members is in need.
Human Tribe Project was initially created to help cancer patients bridge the gap between insurance coverage and real costs, and to provide emotional support along the way. According to a report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society, private health insurance doesn’t protect cancer patients from high costs. Despite having insurance, many cancer patients incur large debts, in some cases causing them to file for personal bankruptcy, and even delay or forgo treatment simply because they can't afford care. In addition, research shows that recovery from cancer is significantly better if a patient receives emotional support during treatment.
The need for emotional support and relief from a financial burden is not confined to cancer. Human Tribe Project can be used to help any person in crisis, whether that crisis is the result of a medical diagnoses, premature birth, natural disaster or personal hardship. Whatever the cause, Human Tribe Project can facilitate the support.
Human Tribe Project is not a non-profit organization, and differs from many fundraising institutions. Instead of directing money toward research or through a large non-profit requiring extensive administrative and operational costs, Human Tribe Project gives money directly to individuals in need, at the time of their need. Unlike most other organizations, one hundred percent of the money gifted through Human Tribe Project goes directly to the individuals in need.
How it worksHuman Tribe Project enables people to unite as Tribes and mobilize support quickly and easily through this website the instant that a loved one notifies them of a crisis. A Tribe Leader sets up a Tribe Page, on behalf of the Beneficiary, and includes the Beneficiary’s story and an explanation of why funds need to be raised. The Tribe Leader then unites friends and family by entering in their email addresses, thereby inviting them to join the Tribe.
Tribe Pages are used to keep the Beneficiaries and their Tribes connected. Each Tribe Page contains a blog, a guestbook, moveable web badges and an option to invite others to join the Tribe. Most importantly, Tribe Pages contain the Tribe Tag Store where Tribe Tags can be purchased to financially support the Beneficiary.
Each Tribe Page has both semi-public and private portions. The Beneficiary’s blog, guestbook and all posts are private and only viewable by invited Tribe Members. The Beneficiary’s picture and story and the Tribe Tag Store for each Beneficiary are public and viewable only when a person searches the Beneficiary’s name. Allowing these portions to be semi-public maximizes the number of Tribe Tags that can be purchased and thus maximizes the amount of support a Beneficiary can receive.
For more specific information about how Human Tribe Project works, please visit our FAQs.
Tribe TagsTribe Tags are the foundation of Human Tribe Project because they offer both the emotional and financial support necessary to help a loved one through a time of crisis. They facilitate financial support in the form of Monetary Gifts, and emotional support by acting as a visible reminder of the constant encouragement and support the Tribe offers the Beneficiary. They unite the Tribe around the Beneficiary and exemplify how the humanitarian spirit connects us all.
The Tribe Tag design is inspired by a traditional dog tag, which is emblematic of a group coming together to overcome a struggle and an iconic form of identifying one individual in a group of many. Tribe Tags include three charms: a Human Tribe Project tag, a Tribe Print charm symbolizing the common thread that connects us all, and a personalized charm bearing the initial of the Beneficiary in whose support it was purchased. Tribe Tags are steel charms strung on a ball chain. They can be worn as a sixteen inch or eighteen and a half inch necklace or carried on a two and a half inch key chain.
Tribe Tags are sold in the Tribe Tag Store on each individual Tribe Page. Nickel Plated Steel Tribe Tags sell for $20, $15 of which is given directly to the Beneficiary as a tax-free Monetary Gift from the purchaser. Sterling Silver Tribe Tags sell for $100, $75 of which is given directly to the Beneficiary as a tax-free Monetary Gift from the purchaser. Monetary Gifts are paid out monthly, based on the number of Tribe Tags sold that month. One hundred percent of the Monetary Gifts, without any amount deducted for operations or processing, are given to the Beneficiary. For more information about the Monetary Gifts, please visit the Monetary Gift Policy.
To purchase a Tribe Tag in support of your Beneficiary, Find or Create a Tribe now.