A woman’s dream of helping those less fortunate than her is coming true. Casey McIntyre passed away on November 12, 2023 after a battle with stage four ovarian cancer. Two days after her death a post was shared to her social media account announcing the tragic news. “A note to my friends: if you’re reading this I have passed away.”
“The cause was stage four ovarian cancer,” the note read. “I loved each and every one of you with my whole heart and I promise you, I knew how deeply I was loved.”
Casey asked that those reading the post would consider donating money to help pay off the medical debt of others. 1 in 10 Americans have medical debt. This includes 11 million who owe more than $2,000 and 3 million people who owe more than $10,000.
Casey’s campaign raised over 200K in a short period of time, leaving all those who knew the woman in shock of the response. “Me and Casey’s family are stunned,” her husband of eight years, Andrew Gregory, said. “We’re overwhelmed, and it’s been really powerful to see the response to people wanting to eliminate strangers’ medical debt.”
The campaign was run on a site called RIP Medical Debt and the money Casey has raised will help more than enough people. According to the site’s vice president Daniel Lempert, easily more than 200k of debt will be wiped out from this fundraiser. “In general, $1 donated does abolish $100 of medical debt…As it stands, that’ll probably abolish somewhere in the neighborhood of $19 million.”