Fundraising for One of My Very Best Friends

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Krissy Schintgen and Tera Hafermann

(L to R) Krissy Schintgen and Tera Hafermann

Fundraising for One of My Very Best Friends

Krissy Schintgen created a Facebook fundraiser for her friend Tera Hafermann, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2018 at age 27.

I met Tera when we both worked at Chili’s Madison West in Wisconsin. She was such a kind and outgoing woman. Everyone liked her. She started complaining out the bones in her chest hurting. It took a while but when she finally went to see a doctor she was diagnosed with ALL. Soon after that Tera’s diagnosis was changed to acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AMML) and she had a bone marrow transplant.

Many of our fellow coworkers (we called ourselves Chili heads) helped with everything from taking her to appointments, staying and visiting with her when she had to stay in the hospital, and helped take care of her son.

I wanted to do something for Tera for my birthday, so I just looked up leukemia organizations and the Leukemia Research Foundation came up. I ended up supporting the Foundation because it had the most people following the organization.

I really liked using Facebook to do a fundraiser because it was easy to set up and I could add my own story about my friend, instead of using the standard language that other apps force you to use. I wanted my message and the reason that I was doing the fundraiser to be personal and have my friends know what a wonderful person Tera was. I also wanted my friends who knew Tera to remember the good times and to give from their heart, like I was.

I highly recommend using Facebook to do a fundraiser! I like the fact that a Facebook fundraiser allows you to either invite people to give to your fundraiser or you can just post it and let the story speak for itself, which is what I did. I even had friends who didn’t donate, share the fundraiser on their page.

Unfortunately, Tera lost her battle with leukemia in May of 2019.

Losing Tera left a big hole in my heart, so being able to help others who are going through the same thing or help to keep people from having the same experience through funding research was my goal in setting up this fundraiser.

Tera was just an awesome person who would give you the shirt off her back. She was always caring for others even before taking care of herself. I was glad to do the Facebook fundraiser in honor of my friend.

Creating a Facebook fundraiser is easy and 100% of the money raised comes to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Click here to build a Facebook fundraiser now to support the cause.

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