After her death, the American woman launched a campaign aimed at helping people pay off their medical debts.
Over 200,000 dollars were collected in one week, The New York Times reports.
As of November 20, it was possible to double the amount of donations – more than 440 thousand dollars.
Casey McIntyre, 38, died of ovarian cancer on November 12. Two days after that, a post appeared on her page in the social network X (Twitter), in which the woman called for donations to the campaign to pay other people’s medical debts.
A lot of users responded to Casey’s request.
a note to my friends: if you’re reading this I have passed away. I’m so sorry, it’s horseshit and we both know it. The cause was stage four ovarian cancer.
I loved each and every one of you with my whole heart and I promise you, I knew how deeply I was loved. pic.twitter.com/xCtiD93S7T
— Casey McIntyre (@caseyrmcintyre) November 14, 2023
“Myself and the entire Casey family are overwhelmed. It’s been great to see the response of people wanting to pay off strangers’ medical debts.” Casey’s husband, Andrew Gregory, commented on the situation.
McIntyre’s campaign is hosted on the RIP Medical Debt website. It uses data analytics to find households with medical debt. Those with incomes below four times the federal poverty level or whose debt is more than 5% of their annual income can get help.
The organization buys debts in packages “at a significant discount”. Each donation reduces the cost of the debt by “approximately 100 times”.
“In general, $1 donated covers $100 in medical debt. As of now (as of November 18, when $200,000 was raised – ed.) this will likely write off about $19 million.” – said RIP Medical Debt Vice President of Communications Daniel Lempert.
According to the NYT, about 16 million Americans owe at least $1,000 in medical bills, and about three million owe more than $10,000.
We will remind you that earlier we wrote that the mortality of children and adolescents from cancer in the USA has decreased by 24% in 20 years.
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