Get the tissues out. Heartbreaking stories of people experiencing personal tragedy and life-changing medical emergencies inspired others to donate to Michigan-based GoFundMe campaigns in 2017.
The popular crowdfunding site released a report breaking down GoFundMe donations in Michigan and the most successful campaigns started in the state in 2017. It also shows that 420,000 Michiganders donated to a GoFundMe campaign this year.
There were more than 31,000 campaigns started in Michigan in 2017 and the top four might sound familiar. Some of their stories were heavily covered by the media.
Michigan’s most successful campaign has raised $234,526. The most successful campaign in the country is the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which has raised more than $11 million.
These are the top four Michigan campaigns:
1. Team Breen Needs Your Help
Kevin Breen, 44, had his left hand, multiple fingers on his right hand and a portion of both of his feet amputated after a streptococcal infection. The campaign has raised $234,526 for the husband and father of two who lives in west Michigan.
2. Our Brother Steve Saleh
The story of a father of six battling Stage 4 lung cancer was shared by a Dearborn-area Facebook group. The GoFundMe page has since been deleted, but a note from Saleh on the same Facebook page showed the campaigned had raised $215,596 in February, surpassing its $200,000 goal.
3. Cure 4 Carrie
Carrie DeKlyen of Wyoming, Mich. sacrificed her life to save her unborn daughter.
DeKlyen, 37, refused chemotherapy for terminal brain cancer because it would mean terminating her pregnancy and her story of sacrifice went viral.
DeKlyen’s daughter, Life, was delivered Sept. 6 and DeKlyen died Sept. 9. Life, who weighed just 1 pound 4 ounces at birth, died Sept. 20.
The GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised $185,081 in seven months.
This is a photo of Carrie DeKlyen and her husband, Nick. DeKlyen, a woman from Wyoming, Michigan, opted not to have cancer treatment to save her unborn child. The baby was delivered by C-section yesterday. (Photo: Family Photo)
Nagaraju Surepalli, 31, apparently drowned in May after falling into a Novi swimming pool while trying to save his 3-year-old son, Ananth Surepalli, who also drowned.
The campaign to cover funeral expenses and ongoing relief and recovery costs for the family has raised $181,789 in six months.
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