JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Raising money for a cause in the digital age. It's called crowdfunding, and it's gaining ground online.
You can use it for any cause such as tuition, volunteer trips or even starting a business.
And hundreds of those causes are originating right here on the First Coast.
Looking at some family photos, Pamela Wilson will tell you, she's got a big, happy family.
She has 2 grown children and the former foster mother adopted 4 of her foster children around 2006. Ages 11, 9, 8 and 7.
"They're all special needs. We try to provide them with everything that they need to help them flourish."
All smiles that he is, her 8-year-old adopted son, Gabriel needs a little more help to flourish. He has brain damage.
"Gabriel needs something to help him focus and to help his brain react; teach his body how to react with the brain."
She believes that something is his own stem cells.
She's trying to raise $25,000 to $30,000 to afford a journey to Ecuador for two stem cell treatments. Which is why she turned to online crowd funding site gofundme.com.
"It's a way to get your story out there to people you don't know to try to get help."
The website says it has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars. In Jacksonville, there are hundreds of people listed.
From nearly 2,700 raised to help a church in Greece to a woman trying to raise $1,000 to help cover medical bills as she fights cancer.
There is a 5 percent fee deducted from each donation you get along with a 3 percent processing fee taken from each payment.
Wilson is very hopeful: "We're all in this together."
First Coast News