On June 12th, 2016, a lone gunman killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, and wounded 53 more. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Equality Florida set up a campaign to raise funds for the victims and their families. The campaign went on to make GoFundMe history, raising over $5 million in just one week.
Jo Cox, a British lawmaker, was violently killed by a man with ties to Neo-Nazi organizations. Her murder shocked the world and devastated those closest to her. To honor her memory, a campaign was created to raise funds for Jo's favorite charities. A testament to the impact Jo made on the world, the campaign became the largest UK GoFundMe campaign ever.
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.
Chris Mintz, a father and a veteran, was at Umpqua Community College when the shooter opened fire. When Chris stood up to the gunman, he was shot 7 times. Thankfully, he survived, and is now being hailed as a national hero. Well-wishers from all over the world came together to show Chris their support.
Jeff Bauman was a victim of the Boston Bombings, which claimed both of his legs. His story of courage inspired thousands, who returned the favor by donating to aid his medical costs, making his the largest GoFundMe campaign to date.
Matthew Baker was a respected and widely loved priest in Norwich, Connecticut. Tragically, his life was taken too soon as the result of a car accident. Thousands of people rallied together to support Matthew's wife and six children during this difficult time for their family.
When Kate's husband Mike was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in 2 years, she knew she needed to act. With all of his treatment options in the UK being exhausted, they found a medical center in the US that would take him. Thousands of people came together to help them raise the funds needed to cover the cost of the treatment and get Mike to the states.
Liza was diagnosed with a rare cancer, synovial sarcoma, in 2011. After a few years of remission, it returned aggressively. After a surprise wedding thrown for her ended, she received hope in the form of a non-traditional treatment method. This campaign was created to help fund clinical research for many people suffering from this rare disease.
In the aftermath of the worst shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, many people stepped up to help. The Center Orlando, an LGBT organization, created this campaign to raise funds for the victims and their families.
On December 8th, 2014, a small plane crashed into a residential house, killing those on board, as well as a mother and her two children who were home at the time. A friend started this GoFundMe campaign to help the grieving family in their time of need - thousands of people donated to show their support.
On Halloween, two young parents went on a trip to the store while their four children remained at home. Tragically, they got into a fatal car wreck and never made it home. State trooper Nathan Bradley responded to the scene, and later went to the couple's home to take care of the children until their grandmother arrived. Deeply saddened by the situation, he created a campaign to help support the family during this incredibly difficult time.
Alan Barnes suffers from a number of disabilities including sight and growth problems. Recently he was attacked outside his home, resulting in a broken collar bone. What started out as a campaign to help him relocate homes turned into a massive outpouring of support from people all over the world.
The Rogan family was on the way to the hospital to welcome a new baby into the world. Tragically, they got into a car accident and Mike Rogan, husband to Niki and father to their eight children, was killed. Thousands of people around the world heard their story and pitched in to help during this incredibly difficult time.
Shortly after Erica delivered her quadruplets, she tragically passed away. Knowing that Erica's husband Carlos would need as much support as possible during this difficult time, friends and family came together on a GoFundMe campaign. Support poured in from all over the globe and thousands of dollars were raised.
Jake Brewer, a White House advisor, was participating in a charity cycling event when he lost control of his bike and hit an oncoming car. Tragically, he passed away, leaving behind a pregnant wife and a daughter. Thousands of donors flocked to the GoFundMe campaign set up for the Brewer family, to show support during this incredibly difficult time.
Roseann had been to the Boston Marathon many times, but nothing could have prepared her for what happened on that fateful day. The blast claimed her leg, but she continues to heal, supported by thousands of well-wishers.
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.
Jeff Kuss, a Blue Angel pilot, was tragically killed in a plane crash during training on June 2, 2016. He left behind a wife and two small children. To help support the family during their difficult time, a campaign was created to accept donations. Thousands of people came together to pay their respects and help support Jeff's surviving family.
James Robertson walks an exhausting 21 miles to work every single day. Despite his trek, he is never late and has a perfect attendance record. Evan heard about James' story and wanted to help buy him a car. Little did he know that the outpouring of support would be so widespread and life-changing for James.