Medical research is full of cold, logical numbers – infection rates, at-risk ages, recovery percentages and more.

And sometimes, under all those statistics, it’s hard to find the human element. Especially if the condition or disease you wish was curable seems to have stumped even the newest technology and best ideas.

But there’s a way of bridging the gap between individuals championing for cures and hopeful researchers with new solutions: Consano.

Consano is a non-profit that uses crowd-sourcing to help vetted (but underfunded) researchers make medical advances.

Individuals can use Consano’s platform to browse medical projects that matter to them, and then donate any amount directly to researchers. Once that project is funded and the research launched, donors receive quarterly updates.

This model helps people pitch in directly to medical causes that matters to them and perhaps support a medical breakthrough. It’s an alternative, more immediate way of funding medical research, which is typically paid for by government grants or large institutions.

Consano’s founder Molly Lindquist created the organization on the foundation of three principals: hope, honor and heal. She was inspired to launch the project in memory of her grandmother, who died of breast cancer, and by her own battle with the disease. And while Molly survived her illness thanks the medical advancements, she hopes that in the future her two daughters never have to endure the disease.

Creating Consano (which means “to heal” in Latin) was Molly’s way of channeling the hard times she experienced when working through medical issues into a hopeful platform for others.

This week at PRP we are featuring Consano as part of our Community Voices series. The interviews, held throughout this week with key individuals from Consano, are posted below.