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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the fact that Griffin Furlong was homeless for much of his life, he overcame those obstacles and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school. This GoFundMe campaign was started to help collect enough funds to send Griffin to college.
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.
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.
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.
In December, Ronan was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, and it was determined that it was terminal. A family friend set up a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations for the family during this difficult time.
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.
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.
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 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.
A day care center was struck when a motorist lost control of his vehicle, killing 4-year-old Lily Quintus. Lily's father is a firefighter, and his fellow servicemen created this GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral costs.
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.
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.
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.
Gail and Ron had lived through a mudslide once before, but they still weren't prepared for the second one. Their entire home was swept away, and many of their neighbors perished. Their daughter started this campaign to help them recover.
Jaime Rowley, a 31-year-old mother of two, was out for her daily run when a vehicle struck and killed her. Her GoFundMe campaign was set up to collect donations for funeral costs, as well as to support her two children moving forward.
Shortly after Jenna gave birth prematurely to twin daughters, she began having difficulty breathing. It was discovered that she had developed a rare pregnancy-related cancer and needed immediate treatment.
Anya decided to open a second location for her waffle shop in Portland, Oregon, but unfortunately it failed miserably. So many of her resources had been put into the new location, that her original shop was put in danger of closing as well.
Brandon Boyer is well-known in the gaming world. When he was denied insurance coverage for $100K in cancer treatment bills, his many friends and fans rushed to his aid and he surpassed his goal in just a few days.
Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa was driving with friends when their vehicle hit a deer. Muhammad suffered a heart attack and subsequent brain damage as a result. Friends started this campaign to transfer him to a nursing home while he heals.
Chandra and her mother were once homeless, but have since found stability, housing, and steady work. Now Chandra, 13, is trying to collect one million pennies in order to feed the homeless population in her community.
After experiencing severe migraines, Kelly went to the doctor but never expected the news she received. She was diagnosed with advanced anaplastic astrocytoma. Funds are being raised to send her to a possibly life-saving clinical trial.