10-year-old Braden Baker has worn hearing aids since he was three months old. Each device costs over $3,000 and isn’t covered by insurance. When Braden learned that many kids like him can't afford to hear, he couldn't get it off his mind, so he decided to start a GoFundMe to help others. Braden was named August 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
In 1979, when he was barely 16 years old, Fred Clay was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for a murder that he maintained he didn't commit. In August 2017, Fred was fully exonerated and released from prison. One of his attorneys set up this GoFundMe to allow the community a way to support Fred as he returns to society.
After reading a news story about a struggling 86-year-old Jazz drummer named Steve Hideg, Tim decided to start a campaign to help the musician with his living expenses. In just a few days, strangers from all over country donated more than $21K to support Steve.
In 2016, Donnie Davis launched a campaign to transform an old campground property into a micro-home community for his fellow veterans suffering from PTSD. All community residents receive free housing, food, and counseling until they recover. Donnie was named July 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Gavin started a lemonade stand to support his local humane society and a nonprofit for children with disabilities. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise extra money from people who couldn't stop by the stand, and he even got a surprise visit from one of his favorite hockey players, Matt Murray.
Aaron Tucker witnessed a serious car crash while on his way to an important job interview. Without hesitation, he ran to help. When Karin saw the news and learned that Aaron lives in a halfway house, she started a campaign for him as a thank you for his bravery.
Scarlett Lewis's son, Jesse, was killed in the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. Rather than succumb to hate and anger, Scarlett decided to choose love. She founded a nonprofit in Jesse's honor to provide free social-emotional learning curricula to schools and prevent more hateful tragedies. She started a campaign to expand their program and was named June 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Baset is a 17-year-old trumpeter from Afghanistan whose first campaign allowed him to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. Then three Americans—including two professional musicians—started a second campaign to help Baset stay in the U.S. and continue to study music in safety. Baset and his helpers were named May 2017's GoFundMe Heroes.
This Florida man spends his days off cleaning veterans' headstones. Donors from all over the U.S. have helped him afford cleaning supplies and travel expenses for his mission.
Christina and Christopher recently adopted a family of six siblings that didn't want to be separated. Their new grandmother started a campaign to buy them a passenger van so the whole family could travel together, and they raised over $60,000.
Caitlin Cimini is the founder of Rancho Relaxo, an animal rescue farm that has saved over 300 animals from abuse, neglect, or slaughter. She started a campaign to expand Rancho Relaxo's rescue operation into a neighboring property and was named an April 2017 GoFundMe Hero.
When the wind blew away Yesenia's tax refund check, she thought all hope was lost. But that night a man named Sergio showed up on her doorstep with her check in hand. When Yesenia learned Sergio was struggling financially, she started a GoFundMe campaign to thank him for his kindness.
Jason Parker's dog, Gunnar, was hit by a car and became a paraplegic. With the help of friends, Gunnar got a cart and regained his mobility. Then Jason decided to pay it forward. To date, his campaign for his nonprofit has helped give over 350 free carts to paralyzed animals, and Jason was named an April 2017 GoFundMe Hero.
Katie Blomquist's first campaign raised $80,000 to purchase every student at her school a bike and helmet. She started a second campaign for her new nonprofit, Going Places, which aims to give joy to children and teachers in underserved communities.