A woman whose dying wish was to raise money to help pay for people’s burdensome medical debt has had her wish fulfilled – and some.
Casey McIntyre, a 38-year-old mother and book publisher from New York City, lost her battle with stage four ovarian cancer earlier this month.
But even in her final moments, she thought of others, leaving behind a legacy of compassion that has raised over $1 million to help strangers struggling with medical debt.
Diagnosed in 2017, Casey saw firsthand the soaring cost of treatments and mounting medical bills.
She authored a poignant farewell message announcing her own passing and directing loved ones to a fundraiser hosted by RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit organization that buys and forgives medical debt at a fraction of its face value.
“A note to my friends: if you’re reading this I have passed away,” Ms. McIntyre wrote in the post shared on social media. “I’m so sorry, it’s horsesh*t 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.”
But the message wasn’t just about saying goodbye. It included a plea for financial support, not for herself, but for others facing unimaginable financial medical burdens.
“I am so lucky to have had access to the best medical care,” she wrote in her final message, “and am keenly aware that so many in our country don’t have access to good care.”
Her goal: to raise $20,000 to erase medical debt for strangers. And the response was overwhelming.
News of Casey’s final act of generosity quickly spread, touching hearts and wallets across the nation.
Within days, the donations surpassed her initial target, reaching $28,000 by the following morning.
As word continued to spread, the goalposts were shifted to $30,000, then again to $50,000, each time met and surpassed with astonishing speed.
Today, the Casey McIntyre Memorial Fund stands at over $1 million, enough to free hundreds of individuals and families from the crushing weight of medical debt.
Casey left behind her husband, Andrew Rose Gregory, and their 18-month-old daughter, Grace. The family has expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of support, stating that her wish to alleviate the suffering of others has brought them comfort and solace.