Alex was attending a celebration at a water park in Taiwan when he and the rest of the 1000-person crowd caught fire due to a technical mishap. Alex sustained second and third degree burns on 90% of his body. Friends and family created a GoFundMe to help Alex out as he began the long recovery process.
Sonny Kim, a highly respected 27-year veteran of the police force, was shot and killed in the line of duty in June of 2015. Support flew from around the world in for his wife and three sons during their time of need.
Kiersten Yow was attacked by a shark while swimming at a beach in North Carolina. Luckily, first responders were able to save her life, but Kiersten had to start treatment immediately at a local hospital for many serious injuries.
Hemant owns a small shop in the lobby of a large office building and knows everyone by name. The last time he took a vacation was five years ago, and it was only for one day. His loyal patrons came together on GoFundMe to surprise Hemant with the funds for a much-needed vacation for him and his family.
Aaron Van Riper, a husband and father of one, is a firefighter in Huntsville, Texas. During a call where he responded to a head on collision, Aaron was horrified to discover that his own wife and son were the victims. They were rushed to a nearby hospital where they began immediate treatment, and luckily are both on the mend.
Despite losing his leg at the age of 15, Paul Peterson is now an extremely fast runner and talented athlete. He was slated to compete in the National Paralympic Championships in June of 2015, but all three of his prosthetic legs were stolen right before the race. In just a few days, hundreds of people helped raise enough money to replace them all.
9-year-old Hailey was inspired to start helping her local homeless community when she made friends with a man who had lost his job at a grocery store and then became homeless. She began building tiny homes with her own hands for homeless people to live in, and the community rallied behind her.
Jeremy and Justice were married in August of 2014. Just three weeks later, Justice was rear-ended by a car going 50 miles per hour. Luckily she survived but had a long recovery ahead of her. A month after the accident, she told her husband that she did not remember their wedding due to memory loss. Jeremy wanted to throw a second wedding to give his wife back all of those wonderful memories.
A group of chimpanzees originally used for medical testing were cut off from their funding program, leaving them without the necessary resources for food and water. Thousands of animal lovers around the world stepped in and donated funds to help the chimps out in their time of need.
In May of 2015, major flooding tore through Texas towns, leaving many people homeless, injured, or missing. A family friend created this GoFundMe campaign on behalf of three Texas families who were searching for loved ones in the wake of the disaster.
Even though Alana lives all the way in Virginia, she is extremely passionate about helping the sea lions that are becoming beached on the California coast. With the help of her mother, Alana was able to raise over $2,000 for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.
40 dogs were rescued from a nearby home in Graziela's neighborhood, all living in terrible conditions. Wanting to help with their medical care, Graziela set up a GoFundMe campaign. In just a few days, she raised thousands of dollars to help get the pups the proper care they needed.
Tanner Brownlee's father was a police officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty. When Tanner heard the sheriff's office would be auctioning his father's squad car, he started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise enough money to bid on it. Unfortunately he was outbid, but a kind stranger who won the auction gave him the car anyway.
A devastating fire at the Boeckel family's home led to a massive explosion in their garage, injuring 3-year-old Kipton and his father, Kelly. With the heartwarming support of the community, they are both well on their way to recovery. "I'll never be able to give back what people have done for us in just this last week." - Kelly Boeckel, campaign beneficiary
Ralph Keeseman is a man living with special needs in the town of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. He is also a huge fan of the Steelers, and wears their gear every day. After a college kid punched Ralph in the face for defending the Steelers, the town rallied together to raise enough money to send Ralph to a real live game.
Julien was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer that claimed his right foot. This was especially difficult for him because he is an avid indoor rock climber. Family and friends rallied together on GoFundMe to help buy Julien a prosthetic foot so that he could continue to do what he loves.
Jake, a husband and father of three, was injured in a horrific tree cutting accident that claimed both of his legs. Despite the severity of his injury, he and his family are staying strong. The community came together on GoFundMe to help the family out during this difficult time.
Elvis was inspired to help his local homeless community in some way, and so he started building them tiny portable houses. When he could no longer afford the costs, he started a GoFundMe campaign to get some help. Thousands were raised in just weeks to help Elvis continue to give back.
When budget cuts threatened an Arizona school librarian's job, community members stepped in to help. A friend started this GoFundMe campaign to cover the librarian's salary, and hundreds of people were quick to give back to this passionate educator.
Pratigya's family lives in Nepal, and were there when the earthquake struck. Luckily her family is safe, but many of the surrounding villages crumbled. Being a prominent YouTube user, Pratigya made a video asking her fans for support. They helped her raise over $100K to aid those affected by the tragedy.
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.
Toni has faced many challenges in her life, one of the main ones being homelessness. Despite her setbacks, she was recently accepted to Harvard University. Her story of perseverance inspired thousands of people, many of whom chipped in to help offset her tuition costs.
Austin was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects the eyes, ears, and vertebrae. He's had 52 surgeries in his life, and is about to face his 53rd. Despite his hardships, Austin always keeps a positive attitude. His spirit touched thousands of people around the world, who then donated to help him and his family out.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is dedicated to protecting extremely endangered rhinos from poachers in Kenya. A GoFundMe campaign was created to help protect the rangers who ensure the safety of these rhinos, and thousands of animal enthusiasts donated.
Sammy Griner was just a baby when he posed for the "Success Kid" photo that made him an Internet sensation. Now, he's 8 years old and his father Justin needs a kidney transplant. Fans of Sammy's internet meme from all over the world happily chipped in to help the Griner family out.
Matt was only married to his wife Danielle for 7 months before he was severely injured in a motorcycle crash. Despite insistence from doctors that Matt wouldn't wake up from his coma, Danielle waited. Miraculously, Matt emerged from the coma and began the slow process of recovery.
In March of 2015, Diane's life changed forever. An explosion started a blazing fire in the building next to her home, and unfortunately the fire spread. Luckily, she and her three children were unhurt. Sadly though, they lost everything they owned. The local community rallied together to help Diane and her family as they got back on their feet.
Mr. Humbert taught music at Chandler High School for many years, and inspired countless young musicians. When his students heard he was battling cancer, they started a GoFundMe campaign to help him through.
"Every time I think about it I start tearing up, there's comments that people can write, and they thank you. It's overwhelming." - Bill Humbert, beneficiary
Mildred's family had been a resident of her current home for 4 generations, until it suffered a terrible fire on March 26th, 2015. Everything Mildred owned was in the apartment, and it was all destroyed. A family friend set up this GoFundMe campaign to help Mildred make a fresh start.
Rafael Garcia, a popular Miami-area firefighter and paramedic, tragically lost his life in March of 2015 to an aggressive brain tumor. His young wife Maeghan was expecting their first child just months later. People from around the globe rallied together to help her out during this difficult time.
Matt has lost over 270 pounds since the age of 16 in the quest for a healthier life. As the result of his weight loss, he was also left with excess skin which he hopes to have surgically removed. Thousands of people were inspired by his story, and pitched in to help get him the surgery.
Koltin, a 6-year-old boy with hearing impairments, was the victim of bullying - on top of which the bully stole Koltin's hearing aids. The community came together quickly on GoFundMe to raise enough money to replace his much-needed hearing aids.
Ken Powell has been fighting melanoma for 14 years, but doesn't let that damper his spirits. He is also a huge fan of the band 'The Foo Fighters', and it's on his bucket list to meet them at a concert. Luckily, Ken's friends set up a GoFundMe account and got in touch with the band - Ken's wish will be coming true this year.
Carter and Lynda have wanted a baby for many years, but infertility struggles prevented them. Now, with the help of friends and family, they're going ahead with an adoption to finally grow their family.
"It's very humbling. I can't believe people would be willing to give of their livelihoods to help us with this. It's amazing." - Lynda Crain, Campaign Organizer
30-year-old Nadiv Kehaty, a father of four, collapsed unexpectedly at his son's school event. His death shocked the local community, who wanted to help his young family in any way they could. A friend created this GoFundMe campaign, and hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised in just a short time.
Chelsea, an actress in the Boston area, became extremely ill after receiving a flu shot. She was admitted to the hospital right away and began intensive treatment. Hundreds of friends and family donate to a GoFundMe account set up for Chelsea, hoping she would recover before her wedding in April.
When bullies posted a mean-spirited photo of Sean online that shamed him for dancing, the Internet responded in a big way. Krista started a GoFundMe campaign to find Sean and throw him a huge dance party to show him that he has support from thousands of people all over the world.
Little Crüe was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. When his family's insurance company continually denied their request for a wheelchair, they turned to GoFundMe. Friends and family donated thousands of dollars in a matter of days to help Crüe get the wheelchair he needs.
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.
Shelby, a homeless man, was selflessly helping motorists push their cars that were stuck in the snow. An onlooker saw Shelby's good deed and decided to return the favor so she started this campaign. The response was overwhelming, and Shelby soon had thousands of dollars in donations, as well as a job offer.
The sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame, located in Chicago, unfortunately had a boiler break during the coldest point in winter. After hearing they could not afford to replace the boilers, a local news anchor set up a GoFundMe campaign to help collect donations for them. Just a few days later, they had raised enough money for a whole new set of boilers.
Richard L Spencer, a vocalist and saxophone player, wrote an arrangement that came to be known as the "amen breakbeat", which went on to become one of the most famous and well-known beat samples of all time. Despite this, he never saw any royalties from it. Thousands of people donate to this GoFundMe campaign to get Richard the compensation he deserves.
Fluffy, a cat who has appeared in a movie alongside famous actors, became sick in 2014. His medical team figured out that it was cancerous tumors, and soon it became difficult for Fluffy to breath. Friends and fans alike donated to Fluffy's medical campaign, resulting in thousands being raised to help get Fluffy the proper care he would need to recover.
Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian man, was left partially paralyzed after a police officer forced him to the ground. Thousands of people came together to help Sureshbhai and his family pay for the many medical costs incurred from the incident.
Leo Forrest, a newborn baby born with Down Syndrome, was unwanted by his mother. The baby's father Sam wanted to take Leo and move to New Zealand where he could have a better quality of life. Their story touched countless hearts, and hundreds of thousands were raised in just hours to help baby Leo thrive.
Bubby was born with a terminal congenital disease, giving him a life-expectancy of just 15 years. His parents are determined to give him the best life possible, and so for his 9th birthday they're building him a sensory room which would help soothe him when he gets overly stimulated or anxious.