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Studying Crowdfunding for Cancer

Surveys, Registries, Interviews
Cancer survivors who have used crowdfunding to help cover cancer-related costs

Study Contact Information:

Contact: Martha Lincoln, Principal Investigator at [email protected]

Studying Crowdfunding for Cancer

About the Study

This is a study on how the practice of crowdfunding affects the experience of having cancer. With the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF award #2021152), the researcher is interviewing cancer patients/survivors and their supporters about their use of crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe. For more information, visit If you'd like to share your story in an interview, please email Martha Lincoln at [email protected].

What the Study Involves

  • This is an interview-based study. Interviews take place remotely over Zoom.
  • Interviews take about an hour.
  • The study does not include follow-ups unless participants consent to being recontacted in future.
  • This study has full and current ethical approval from San Francisco State University’s Institutional Review Board.
  • Participants receive a $20 gift code in thanks for their time and sharing.

Lead Researcher

Martha Lincoln, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
San Francisco State University



This Study is Open To:

The study is open to the following people:

  • Cancer patients and survivors age 18+ who are using (or have used) a crowdfunding campaign to help cover costs related to their diagnosis;
  • Individuals who have helped a cancer patient/survivor set up a crowdfunding page; and
  • Individuals who have donated to a crowdfunding page supporting a cancer patient/survivor.
  • Geographic area is open and interviews take place remotely via Zoom.
This Study is Not Open To:

Individuals under the age of 18 are not eligible for this study.