Why do I Watsi and why did I share it on Facebook?
I’m a 2-time breast cancer survivor. I have the wonderful first world benefit of insurance, a good job led by supportive people, a husband who makes enough to give me the room to take care of myself…in short, I’m rich beyond measure compared to almost everyone else in the world. I have so much to be grateful for.
Every day I get piles and piles and PILES of mail from nonprofits looking for money. I don’t blame them - I know times are tough. I’ve worked for nonprofits before and I know how things work. But it hasn’t stopped my becoming inured to the pleas. It’s like walking down a street with hundreds of hands in my way and I’ve started to feel resentful. Because of my experience, I know that the mailers I’m getting cost money, and that some of these organizations are only passing a small percentage of the donations they receive to the actual people they’re purporting to help. For instance, here in Houston, the YMCA is notorious - the president of the organization earns a whopping $600k a year. That’s just not right.
And along comes Watsi, allowing me to donate directly to someone in need. And there she is - a 60 year old woman facing cancer and the debilitating treatments on her own, without all my resources. And all my money goes to her treatment. Allelujiah!