Trending on GoFundMe: Helping a “Butterfly Boy,” a Special Needs Dance Team, and a Double Lung Transplant Recipient
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Like John Hudson of Staten Island, 5-year-old Brody suffers from a painful skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa. The condition makes bathing an excruciating experience, so Brody’s family is fundraising for a special microsilk tub that will provide the boy with some much-needed relief. In just two days, the community has raised nearly $10,000 for Brody’s tub.
“Dance Does It” is team of dancers, the majority of whom have special needs or Down Syndrome. They’ve been invited to perform in Austria at the World Dance Contest being held as part of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Because dance isn’t yet an official sport, “Dance Does It” is fundraising to pay their way to the games, and so far they’re raised over $15k.
Ashlee Terwilliger is a beloved member of her community. So when she recently underwent a double lung transplant after a lifetime of cystic fibrosis, people wanted to give back. In just three days, they’ve raised over $30,000 to help Ashlee and her family during this critical recovery period.
Anthony and Aaron are two brothers who want to show their lifetime of appreciation for their mother, who will be turning 70. She is HIV-positive and has overcome significant odds to raise her sons. To surprise her for her birthday, Anthony and Aaron will be cycling over 1,800 miles, and they’re looking to their community for support for this kind gesture for a loving mother.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.