As soon as we got the news about all of my appointments set up at Toronto General Hospital in less than a week, we immediately went into fundraising mode! If we had to travel and stay in Toronto for an entire month, we needed to raise some serious money!
We set up a GoFundMe page called ‘Live Liver Donor Expenses For Sam‘. We set the goal at $10,000.00 thinking that this will be more than enough to cover air fare, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation in Toronto and incidentals. The plan was that whatever was left over would be donated to Allexis and Liz for their years of upcoming travel expenses to and from Toronto.
We immediately began sharing our GoFundMe campaign via Social Media and sending emails to our email contacts.
Within one hour, we had 2 plane tickets to Toronto donated and emailed to us and $650.00. Within 1.5 hours, we had two emails from CJOB requesting interviews and offering to help us get the word out about our fundraising efforts. They invited to come to their studio for a video interview with Elizabeth Priest that evening as well as an on-air interview with Richard Cloutier and Kathy Kennedy for the 680 CJOB morning radio show.
Here’s the first ever media interview that I’ve ever given. (I was really nervous). This was with Elizabeth Priest at CJOB studios the evening of April 7.