For Mother’s Day, help fund a needy mother through

Dr Gracer interviews Casey Santiago (left), CEO of Kangu, a social media site that allows crowdfunding for pregnant women in developing countries.

This type of crowdfunding is a new phenomenon in which a site visitor can choose a specific mother to support with as little as $10. Many others also can do this at the same time until the $200 needed for the medical costs is reached. The donor then gets regular updates as to the progress of the mother and baby.

Another way to support these women is to make the donation as a “gift” for your mother in celebration of Mother’s Day”. In this way you and your mother get progress reports and your gifts last much longer than the usual flowers or candy. All the sources are vetted and the money you donate does go to medical care and not to support a large bureaucratic organization. Dr. Gracer went to the site and sent a gift in honor of his mother and others for his wife and daughter as his gifts this year.

More about Casey Santiago:  Before founding Kangu, Casey worked for fifteen years in over 20 countries in global health, microfinance and technology. As an early staff member at, Casey managed a portfolio of $10M+ debt investments in West African institutions, and later led engineers to develop software for 60+ global partners. She has advised for-profit, non-profit and social enterprises on strategic planning, new product development and financial sustainability, including Doctors without Borders, Grameen Foundation, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers-Squibb, the YMCA, the United Nations, and the US Government, both independently and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte.  She lives in New York with her husband and her two small children who inspire her daily.

About Richard Gracer

Richard I. Gracer, MD, is the founder of Gracer Behavioral Health Services, an innovative and comprehensive substance abuse program that stresses the reduction of cravings, and has been in medical practice since 1974. He is certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Practice, and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He edited Beating the Years, Beating Sports Injuries, and Beating Back Pain (Barron’s, 2003,2005, 2006), and wrote the popular “Ask the Doctor” column in the Lamorinda Sun for 10 years. He is the author of A New Prescription for Addiction.

Dr. Gracer is also the Host of A New Prescription for Health on WomensRadio. A New Prescription for Healthfeatures discussions with noted experts, both researchers and practitioners, on cutting edge, holistic, and comprehensive treatments for pain and addiction. Aimed at the educated person seeking more information, this series provides hard-to-get information and insights, including interviews with actual patients, on treatment of these difficult and pervasive problems.

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