A New York woman who died of ovarian cancer helped raise millions of dollars to pay off other people's medical debts, according to reports. BBC.
In a note on social networks published after her death, the 38-year-old Casey McIntyre called for donations in her name. She planned to pay off other people's medical debts as a way to celebrate her life, she said.
“If you are reading this, it means that I am no longer here,” reads the note that her family published after Casey’s death.
The note also says on Casey's behalf that she was fortunate to have access to high-quality health care when she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. And she wishes other patients could receive the same care.
“To celebrate my life, I organized a buyout of other people's medical debt to eliminate that debt,” the note reads.
Her kindness lives in every cent
As of today, Casey McIntyre and her family have raised $442,699 for the fund through the campaign. RIP Medical Debt. For every cent donated, the organization covers a dollar of medical debt. That means the McIntyre family helped pay off more than $44 million in medical debt.
The fund explains that they buy back these debts in entire portfolios worth millions of dollars, so they are worth a hundredth of their original cost. It is estimated that approximately 100 million Americans have unpaid medical debt.
Casey McIntyre was the publisher. She began her battle with cancer in 2019 and died on November 12, 2023. She had a husband and a one and a half year old daughter. According to her posthumous note, she spent the last five months of her life in hospitals in Virginia, Rhode Island and New York with family and friends. She called this time “magical.”
Casey. We love you, we miss you, you are gone, you are with us, we will be looking for you everywhere <3 pic.twitter.com/53P2s2TuGh
— Andrew Rose Gregory (@arosegregory) November 15, 2023
Casey McIntyre's husband, Andrew Rose Gregory, wrote in a separate post on X: “Casey. We love you, we miss you, you are gone, you are with us, we will look for you everywhere.”