It's Giving Tuesday Today: Donate to SENS Research!

Giving Tuesday is a once a year charitable event to encourage donations, awareness, and advocacy for all causes - and today is the day. Donations made today to the SENS Research Foundation to help fund rejuvenation research programs aimed at effective treatment of the root causes of age-related disease will be matched three times over.

(And if SENS research isn't your cup of tea, then allow me to point out that the scientist behind DRACO anti-viral technology, capable of controlling near all viral infections including many that currently lack effective therapies, is presently raising funds for ongoing research and development at IndieGoGo. Regardless of views on the best way forward for aging research, I would hope we can all agree that the work to date on DRACO is very promising, the world will be a better place with fewer viral infections, and that helping this project is also a worthy cause).

The SENS Research Foundation (SRF), a non-profit organization focused on transforming the way the world researches and treats age-related disease, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. Every dollar donated to SRF up to the first $5,000 will be quadrupled, making every dollar raised turn into $20,000.

SENS Research Foundation is aiming to reach a goal of $20,000 with the help of contributors who have pledged to match each dollar raised up to the first $5,000. The Croeni Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to giving, the environment and health, has pledged to match the first $5,000 raised dollar for dollar. The foundation gave SRF an unrestricted $5,000 earlier this year, as well. Aubrey de Grey, CSO of SENS Research Foundation, has offered a dollar for dollar matching challenge up to $5,000. And Fight Aging! will match every dollar up to $125,000 through December 31, 2015.

"Today's cost for the treatment and care of chronic diseases of aging costs around $40,000 per second and will only continue to go up, as we spend more money per patient, while the number of patients is increasing. As a society, we need to change our ways and start treating age-related diseases more intelligently. The funds we raise on #GivingTuesday will help facilitate our efforts to do just that, as we work to continue learning how to prevent or reverse age-related diseases."

Link: http://sens.org/outreach/press-releases/givingtuesday-2015

Comments

I've just donated, it feels good knowing that my small contribution will be several times more effective thanks to the several matching funds.

Posted by: Nico at December 1st, 2015 1:18 PM

Donated. Godspeed.

Posted by: Seth at December 1st, 2015 2:39 PM

Donated. To both causes.

Posted by: Nicolai at December 1st, 2015 3:14 PM

Do your part today, everyone. Both of these are noble and worthy causes that people have worked tireless to create and to promote. It is up to the rest of us to help their contributions to society come to fruition. I have given to both causes today alone. We still have plenty of time left to spread the word and put a couple bucks down. Thank you to all working on making these technologies a possibility. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

Posted by: Adam at December 1st, 2015 4:35 PM

Thank you all (and the many others who have donated in private) for supporting rejuvenation research, helping to bring the dream of a future free of aging and debility within our grasp.

Posted by: Michael at December 1st, 2015 5:02 PM

Wow, Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan are really setting an example:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-letter-to-our-daughter/10153375081581634

Some interesting parts of the letter:

"Consider disease. Today we spend about 50 times more as a society treating people who are sick than we invest in research so you won't get sick in the first place."

"Medicine has only been a real science for less than 100 years, and we've already seen complete cures for some diseases and good progress for others. As technology accelerates, we have a real shot at preventing, curing or managing all or most of the rest in the next 100 years."

"Can our generation cure disease so you live much longer and healthier lives?"

"Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities."

"We will give 99% of our Facebook shares -- currently about $45 billion -- during our lives to advance this mission."

Posted by: sk at December 2nd, 2015 6:22 AM

Sk,

That sounds like great news. Hopefully something materializes from the efforts though.

Posted by: Ham at December 2nd, 2015 9:42 AM

Nice announcement but the crux of the initiative will lie in the execution : who and what they will fund.

We know this all too well on this blog. Many want to cure ageing but not all place their bets on SENS.

Posted by: Nico at December 2nd, 2015 12:51 PM

Wow! $5,000 to go!

Posted by: Antonio at December 2nd, 2015 2:29 PM

Nico,

With 45 billion to spend, I'm sure it wouldn't hurt if the folks at SENS tried to get in touch with Zuckerberg,and explained their plans and goals. Doesn't hurt to ask at least. That is, unless they already have :(

Posted by: Ham at December 2nd, 2015 3:15 PM

You're right Ham, and in the case Aubrey and the SRF have yet to get in touch with them, maybe this donating campaign could help a little bit; showing there's grassroots support involving hundreds of people around the world. Which matches the (initial) point of Facebook: connecting people with common interests, wherever they might be on our planet.

Posted by: Nico at December 3rd, 2015 8:05 AM

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