Crowdfunding Campaign: Saving Lives with Stage Blood & Medical Simulation
by Taylor W.
Using creative art to provide life-saving training. I create life-like medical moulage (realistic "injury" effects) for realistic training scenarios for emergency responders. Since June 2007, I’ve used my knowledge of cultures, religions, and languages, my personal experiences, and my skills in moulage, to assist police, military, and medical personnel.
In order for the training to be effective, it needs to be as realistic as possible. You can only do so much with rescue dummies and written tags. Live role players (speaking foreign languages, portraying injured and ill characters, etc) are much more effective. And using moulage lets responders see what a wound looks like (get accustomed to blood and gore) and get hands-on practice in assessment and treatment.
Unfortunately, it’s often difficult for emergency response groups and training personnel to have access to quality moulage/FX supplies and artists who know how to use them. This is why personnel like me, and projects like mine, are so important.
My GoFundMe campaign is HERE: http://www.gofundme.com/taylor-fx
The funds from this campaign will be used to buy new moulage supplies, ones that I can’t work without. Depending on the exercise scenario and the conditions that we are working in, there are specific requirements (waterproof, able to last for several hours, etc) and specific materials that we need to use.
The total cost of the supplies that I need to purchase is $1,700. The breakdown of costs is on my GoFundMe page. That amount includes the material to make wound pieces, equipment and products to finish the pieces so they can be used, and other items for training scenario realism. This will be a one-time supply purchase; most of the moulage pieces that will be made from these supplies are re-usable!
I do this because I love it; it is my way to give back to the responders who have done so much for me. I’ve gotten to work with the US military, and several agencies that provide life-saving training for responders around the US and the world.
Having these supplies will open up MANY more opportunities for me. The requirements for larger, longer exercises are different than the requirements for shorter, smaller exercises. Having these materials would allow me to do whatever they need, so I would be able to participate in more opportunities when they came along.
More exercise opportunities for me means more training courses being conducted, which means more people being trained in important skills.
Civilians: The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program trains civilians in disaster preparedness, search & rescue, and emergency first aid, so they can help their family, neighbors, and community members in a disaster.
Medical and military: Professional responders (police and medical personnel) and US military members receive training in emergency medical care, humanitarian aid, disaster response, conflict resolution, cultural awareness, and foreign languages. This will allow them to help people in their communities, across the United States, and in other countries around the world.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please, will you help me reach my goal? Every little bit helps - $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 - it all adds up. Every single penny is GREATLY appreciated, and means more to me than I can ever explain!
Even if you aren't able to contribute financially, you can help by getting the word out! Share the link to this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. More shares means more people seeing this!
Whether you contribute by donating to the project, by sharing and promoting it, or both - it all is greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!