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"I had never even heard the word 'Lyme,'" Denise Ryan says of life before her diagnosis.

The 31-year old Dubliner was living and working in Canada when she first started noticing some strange symptoms around four years ago.

"I was throwing up all day, I couldn't see properly, I was confused and had heart palpitations," she says.

Lyme Disease, which is contracted from a tick bite, has gained a lot of press over the last 12 months as celebrities like Avril Lavigne and Yolanda Foster share their stories, but back in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't quite so well-known.

As it took so long for Denise's illness to be diagnosed, she has been left with a number of life-threatening issues, from pneumonia, gastroparesis, Lyme arthritis, severe osteoporosis and muscle wasting to many bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.

Last summer Denise successfully travelled to Seattle for three months to undergo treatment from specialist doctors there, after raising tens of thousands through her first crowdfunding campaign, 3,000 Tenners. However far more treatment and time is needed for Denise to really get the help she needs. 

"I'm so weak after being sick for so long that my immune system is completely disabled and a lot of opportunistic infections have developed so I'll need a long time of very intensive care and monitoring," she explains.

If you want to help Denise, you can donate via her second campaign page, 10,000 Tenners

"Looking at it like needing 10,000 tenners (€10/$10/£10) makes it seem a little more possible," she says.

You can also help to raise funds by supporting Denise on Etsy, where she's selling this undeniably brilliant Pat Mustard tee:

Pat Mustard on a t-shirt AND it's for a great cause… who can say no to that?


In a move that no one in the world saw coming, Pepsi is trying to get funding to release its own smartphone. Sounds a but strange, right?

The soft drink giant is currently trying to raise money on Crowdfunding and have already launched a campaign to promote the Android phone.

So far, Pepsi are only planning to release the smartphone in China and are calling it the P1. There is also a P1s going up on the market, but the only difference between the two is an extra sim card slot.

The device is a standard budget smartphone and comes with a 5.5-inch screen, a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front end camera and a fingerprint scanner.

Pepsi is taking pre-orders through a Chinese Crowdfunding side, where it plans to raise 3 million yuan (€440,000) by December 3.

It’s going to produce 4,000 phones to start and the first thousand who pledge can purchase the P1 for 499 yuan (€73).

The next thousand can purchase the P1s for 699 yuan (€102). After that, the prices increases to 999 yuan (€146) for the next thousand backers while the final thousand will have to pay 1,299 yuan (€190) if they want to get their hands on the Pepsi phone.

The phone looks like any regular smartphone, but has Pepsi engraved on the back. 



As a member of Boyzone, he's sold millions of albums globally. 

But it seems that getting his solo offering off the ground is proving rather more challenging for Shane Lynch.

For the 38-year-old Dubliner has now taken to crowdfunding platform, PledgeMusic, in a bid to realise his musical dreams.

The singer has already raised more than a quarter of his target amount, and there are still 26 days of funding to go.

The page reads: "Pre-order Shane Lynch's debut solo album through PledgeMusic and gain access to exclusive updates and exclusive content!"

On offer is a backstage meet-and-greet before a Boyzone concert – yours for €200 – and signed t-shirts, prints, and posters, which are available from €25.

He's is furthermore willing to make a two hour "personal appearance" for €3,450, while €9,500 will buy you a 30-minute live performance "at your party, house or event".

Meanwhile, €68 will allow to you to "talk with Shane Lynch for 15 minutes on the phone about any subject you please. Music, TV, the debut solo album; the choice is yours".

Shane's PledgeMusic profile states that as part of Boyzone, he sold 25 million records, had four number one albums, and six number one singles.

He has also appeared in several reality TV shows, including Cirque de Celebrite, and Celebrity Masterchef. He was a judge on the All Ireland Talent Show in 2009 and 2010.

Shane has been married to Sheena White for eight years, and the couple has two children together – daughters aged six, and two-and-a-half.