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Inseparable dogs get new home together
Ares and Zeus became best friends when they met in an Orange County animal shelter. Ronda fell in love with the dogs when she saw them online, and rescued them. She used GoFundMe to raise enough money to cover their necessary medical expenses.
Community aids scorched animal rescue
On September 7th, a barn caught fire at the Second Chance Ranch, burning their entire stock of hay. Luckily, neither the ranch's owner nor the animals were harmed, but they were left without any feed for the rescued animals. In just 24 hours, $3K was raised to help the ranch get back on its feet.
Mother's greatest wish fulfilled
Despite the fact that Savannah was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, she decided to put all her efforts into fulfilling her greatest wish: to take her daughter to Disney World. Hundreds of people donated to her GoFundMe campaign and were able to help Savannah exceed her goal.
Marching band saved from disaster
The Normal West Marching Band's trailer was totaled in an unfortunate accident. Luckily, no one was hurt. However, the band suddenly had no means of transportation. In just a few days, hundreds of people helped them meet their goal and made it possible for them to buy a new vehicle.
Support for heroic retired military dog
Kay, a retired military dog, was deployed along with U.S. troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan - it is estimated that he saved thousands of lives. Now, Kay is the one who needs help to remove a tumor from his heart. Thousands of dollars were raised in a matter of days to help get Kay this necessary surgery.
Baseball fan receives cancer support
Tim Grimes was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma at just 28 years old. His boss started this GoFundMe campaign to collect donations toward Tim's treatment. Hundreds of friends and family members stepped up to show Tim that he's not alone in his fight.
Injured dog receives surgery funding
One-year-old Bear suffered a broken leg that healed badly, and the operation required to fix it was very complicated. This campaign was created to raise enough money to transport Bear to a veterinarian that could help her.
Cyclist recovering after car collision
While riding with a group of cyclists in San Diego, Juan Carlos was suddenly struck by a car that plowed into the group. He was taken to a local hospital where he began treatment for multiple wounds, surrounded by his family. Thousands of people came together to donate toward his recovery.
Woman reunited with dog after 8 years
When Shena's English Bulldog 'Fatcat' was stolen from her backyard, she was devastated. 8 years later, she received a call from a shelter saying they had identified the dog by her microchip - Fatcat had been found! She created a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for her much-needed vet visits.
Animal lover attempts to save pig's life
Katie, a 23-year-old college student, was horrified when she heard about a local school fundraiser that involved raffling of a live pig for slaughter. Determined to save the pig's life, she started this GoFundMe campaign to buy as many raffle tickets as possible so she'd have the best chance at saving the pig's life.
Diabetes alert dog for 7-year-old boy
Adam was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 2 and has been insulin-dependent ever since. His parents decided to raise money to get Adam a medical alert dog, which could someday save his life in case of emergency.
Help for elderly grocery store clerk
When some workers at Market Basket grocery stores quit in protest of a personnel change, the stores began to cut hours for some employees. One of those employees was 94-year-old Arthur St. John, who had worked at the store for 22 years. GoFundMe was used to raise money to help Arthur get by until things calmed down.
Cancer survivor invents chemo backpack
Kylie is an 11-year-old cancer survivor and inventor. She turned her experience with chemo into an amazing invention for kids receiving the treatment - a portable IV backpack. She was able to raise enough money on GoFundMe to create a working prototype.
Firefighter recovering after hard fall
Firefighter Chad Larivee was repairing a roof when he fell to the ground, injuring his neck and spinal cord in the process. After being airlifted to a local hospital, he underwent 9 hours of surgery. This GoFundMe campaign raised thousands of dollars to aid him in his recovery.
Ear surgery for 9-year-old orphan
A mission trip team met 9-year-old Marce while she was living in a Mexican orphanage. When the team discovered that Marce was deaf, they decided to raise money so that she could come to the U.S. and receive cochlear implants.
Donations pour in for soon-to-be mom
Just days after Amanda and her husband Chris found out they were expecting their first baby, Amanda was diagnosed with ALS, an incurable degenerative disease. A friend started this GoFundMe campaign in order to help them buy a wheelchair van, and to cover any future medical costs associated with Amanda's care.
JULY 2014
Support for fallen officer's family
During a traffic stop, Minnesota police officer Scott Patrick was fatally injured. This GoFundMe campaign was created by local members of the Chive network to raised money for Officer Patrick's surviving wife and two teenage children.
Support pours in for widowed father
Sarah Harkins tragically passed away after she was stung by bees in her backyard - the stress of the incident caused her to have a brain aneurysm. This campaign was created to support Sarah's widowed husband, and their four young children.
Unforgettable birthday for 5-year-old boy
When 5-year-old Daniel went to the doctor for some vision problems, it was discovered that he had an inoperable brain tumor. His GoFundMe campaign attracted thousands of dollars for his treatment, along with thousands of cards for his birthday.
Hero dog receives medical support
Ezio, the heroic Yorkie, stepped between his family's 3-year-old son and a violent neighborhood dog, saving the child's life. Unfortunately, Ezio was hurt in the process. This GoFundMe campaign was set up to help raise money for his surgeries and medical care.
Boy raises money to protect police officers
Jacen's only wish is that police officers won't get killed. When his father lost a friend in the line of duty, Jacen decided to start this GoFundMe campaign to raise money for better protective gear for the local police officers.
Donations pour in for tragedy survivor
15-year-old Cassidy's mother, father, and four siblings were taken from her in an act of terrible violence. Luckily, she survived the attack and was able to make a full recovery. This campaign was created to raise funds for Cassidy's future.
Young double amputee takes first steps
Kayden was born with deformities in his legs and feet, and ultimately had to have a double amputation. A video of him taking his first steps with his prosthetic legs went viral, and his GoFundMe campaign attracted thousands of donors.
Student’s academic future saved
Just three weeks before Cassie was supposed to start college, her mother passed away. Due to complications, Cassie no longer qualified for financial aid and her academic future looked bleak. Thousands were touched by her story, and donated enough money to help keep Cassie in school.
Mom healing, thanks to help
Early in the morning on July 4th, wife and mother of two, Heidi Crouch, unexpectedly collapsed to the ground after an aneurysm. She was rushed to the hospital where she began treatment, and started the recovery process. Hundreds of people pitched in to help with the costs of medical bills.
Boy’s service dog wish granted
Everett was born with Spina Bifida, a condition which makes it difficult for him to do everyday tasks on his own. His parents started a GoFundMe campaign to help get Everett a service dog to aid him in these activities. Thanks to many peoples’ generosity, Everett will be able to get his furry friend.
JUNE 2014
Disabled girl receives funds for therapy
12-year-old McKenzie suffers from a life-threatening disease which leaves her unable to walk. Alternative therapies seem to help her best, and so her parents started this GoFundMe campaign to help raise enough money to help McKenzie continue on with those treatments.
Home makeover dream comes true
24-year-old Michael is wheelchair-bound due to a rare disease, and his home is not handicap accessible. Thousands of people were inspired by his amazing attitude, and with the help of The Chive community, he was able to raise enough money to make the necessary renovations to his home.
Woman feeds local homeless
Once a week, Kasonja spends her entire lunch break handing out food and care packages to the homeless people in her community. She started this GoFundMe campaign to try and raise enough money to hand out food for an entire year.
Thousands thank school shooting hero
On June 5th 2014, Jon Meis saved countless lives by disarming a shooter at Seattle Pacific University. This GoFundMe campaign was set up as a wedding gift for Jon and his fiancée to thank him for his bravery.
Community support for shark victim
While on a boating tube in the ocean, a shark bit Jessica Vaughn's leg. Her friends were able to get her to the hospital safely where she began the recovery process. A friend started this GoFundMe campaign to help cover medical costs.
MAY 2014
Actor receives support after attack
After a late-night performance, a Maryland stage actor was violently attacked outside of the theater while trying to hail a cab. Family, friends, and the Maryland acting community came together on GoFundMe to help cover his medical bills.
Family's home saved by Yahoo readers
When Charles' mother became sick with cancer, the family's medical bills rose. After she passed away, the banks began to threaten foreclosure. Charles took to GoFundMe to help save his family's most precious heirloom.
Donations pour in for heroic mom
Christina Simoes and her 18-month-old son were trapped in a burning building, waiting for firefighters to reach them. After the smoke started to build up, Christina made an executive decision and leaped from the building, her son in her arms.
Community supports parents of lost child
3-year-old Ryan was accidentally struck and killed by a truck while playing in the street. An enormous outpouring of support appeared for his parents on GoFundMe to aid them in their time of grief.
APRIL 2014
Support for the Dorresteijn Family
Shari and Bram Dorresteijn were tragically killed in a car accident on April 24th, 2014, leaving behind two young children. Thousands of people showed their support by donating to this GoFundMe campaign so that their children could have some security during the family's trying time.
Injured paramedic healing thanks to help
Billy Wynne, a flight paramedic, was severely injured in a medical helicopter crash that killed both the pilot and nurse on board. His family is staying close by his side while he recovers from multiple breaks and burns.
Thousands raised for young cancer fighter
6-year-old Anya has been fighting Leukemia for over 3 years, and recently had another relapse. Her parents created this GoFundMe campaign in order to raise money for her ongoing medical treatments and expenses.
Community remembers fire victims
A blazing fire ripped through a home, damaging several others. A mother and daughter new to the neighborhood perished in the blaze. Community members donated to help offset the family's costs during this difficult time.
Donations flood in for fallen father
Frank and his brother were training for a half marathon when they were rear-ended by a motorist. Frank leaves behind 7-year-old triplet daughters and a wife. This GoFundMe campaign was set up to help them through the trying times ahead.
Officer's retirement saved by friends
Officer Willingham was months away from retirement when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Doctors would not let her return to work, jeopardizing her medical benefits. Her supporters took to GoFundMe to make sure that didn't happen.
Donations help locate missing student
Jiwon Lee was a student of dental medicine at Columbia University before she went missing in April of 2014. Her brother set up a GoFundMe campaign to hire a private detective to help locate her.
Thousands support beaten father
When Steven Utash got out of his car to check the condition of a boy that he accidentally hit with his truck, a large gang of men attacked him. The resulting injuries left him in a severe coma, so his daughter turned to GoFundMe for help.
Parents use social media to save daughter
4-year-old Eliza was diagnosed with a terminal disease that will eventually make her lose all motor functioning. Determined to get her to a potentially life-saving therapy trial, her parents created a GoFundMe campaign, a viral video, and a hashtag, #savingeliza.
Hundreds aid newly widowed mom
Just weeks before the birth of his first child, Nathan Trapuzzano was mugged and shot to death on his way to work. This GoFundMe campaign was set up to support his widowed wife and their newborn baby girl.
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