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AUGUST 31, 2015 (3:21)
Classroom, volunteers, cancer
AUGUST 24, 2015 (2:50)
Burial, hit and run, vet bills
AUGUST 17, 2015 (2:52)
Air conditioners, school, business
Couple adopting disabled Chinese boy
Jeri and Brian Wilson decided to adopt a disabled boy from China after hearing of his hardships. They created a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the expenses associated with an overseas adoption. To their surprise, their goal was met within just one day, with donations coming in from all over the country.
Massive support for hit-and-run victim
Shane Upchurch was riding his motorcycle when a driver crashed into him and sped away. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a head injury, and broken ribs. Friend, family and community came together on GoFundMe to help Shane out in his recovery, and blew past the initial $5K goal.
Young father fighting stage 4 cancer
Caleb, an active duty military member, has two children with his wife and one on the way. He was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and had to start treatment immediately. Chive Charities heard about Caleb's story and wanted to help, so they started a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations. In just a short time, they went above and beyond their goal.
JULY 2015
Donations pour in for paralyzed brothers
Adam and Matt Chaffee are two brothers who were paralyzed in separate accidents, eight months apart. Matt's accident came first, and Adam took care of him every single day. Now, the family needs as much help as possible to cover the medical expenses for both brothers. Support poured in from all over the country on their GoFundMe campaign.
Student recovering from diving accident
Taylor Janssen is a beloved student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. On July 18th he dove into shallow water to get a volleyball and broke his neck, paralyzing him. He was immediately transported to a hospital where he began treatment for his injuries. Friends, family, and people from all around the country donated to help Taylor's family with the mounting medical bills.
School rallies for injured teacher
Karine is a beloved French immersion teacher in Louisiana. She was involved in a terrible accident while traveling and had to be treated in an ICU far from home. Students and teachers alike came together on GoFundMe to offer as much support as possible to Karine while she healed.
Support for Daisy the "ice cream lady"
Daisy is "the ice cream lady" in her small community and everyone loves her. She has been driving her ice cream truck for over 30 years, and has seen multiple generations of the same families grow up. Unfortunately, she was involved in a crash which left her injured, and her truck totaled. The community rallied immediately to give back some of the joy she'd given them over the years.
Teen coping with allergy to all foods
19-year-old Alex Visker has developed an incredibly unfortunate allergy to all types of food. He has had medical issues for all of his life, including muscle pains, headaches, and stomach convulsions. This GoFundMe campaign was created to help cover his many medical bills as doctors continue to try and figure out exactly what he suffers from.
Army veteran's final wish
Justin Fitch retired from the U.S. Army due to a devastating cancer diagnosis. Despite the fact that he only had a few months left, he wanted to leave something meaningful behind. Friends, family, and the Chive community helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fulfill Justin's dream of building a peaceful veteran retreat center.
Diabetic alert dog for 5-year-old boy
Lucas Hembree, 5, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 2015. After hearing about the dangers associated with the condition, his parents decided that getting a diabetic alert dog would help to manage Lucas' symptoms. Friends and family rallied together to donate on GoFundMe.
JUNE 2015
Donations pour in for burn victim
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.
Support for family of fallen officer
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.
Medical help for shark bite victim
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.
Loyal customers surprise shop owner
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.
Firefighter saves his own family's life
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.
Support for talented paralympic athlete
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.
Young girl helps local homeless people
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.
MAY 2015
Thousands raised for abandoned chimps
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.
Rescue effort for flood victims
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.
9-year-old raises funds for sea lions
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 rescued from terrible conditions
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.
Stranger helps teen buy late father's car
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.
Support for injured family members
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
Attack victim gets football tickets
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.
Father recovering from terrible injury
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.
Tiny houses for homeless people
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.
Community rallies for local librarian
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.
APRIL 2015
Thousands raised for earthquake relief
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.
Flood of support for grieving family
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.
Tuition help for formerly homeless woman
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.
Brave teen facing 53rd surgery
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.
Support for the Rhino Rangers
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.
Help for father of famous internet kid
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.
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