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US Cancer Patient Leaves Legacy of Kindness By Erasing $16m in Medical Debt

An ovarian cancer patient in New York City has raised enough money to pay off millions in medical debt for others.

In a social media post she arranged to be posted after her death, Casey McIntyre, 38, asked followers to consider donating to her cause. McIntyre, a book publisher, started treatment for ovarian cancer in 2019 and passed away on Sunday. She is survived by her husband and 18-month-old daughter.

She said she planned to pay off other people's medical debt as a way of celebrating her life. She wrote on social media: "if you're reading this I have passed away."

"I loved each and every one of you with my whole heart and I promise you, I knew how deeply I was loved... to celebrate my life, I've arranged to buy up others' medical debt and then destroy the debt."

She added that she was lucky to have access to high-quality medical care while battling stage four ovarian cancer and wanted others to have the same.

As of Saturday, McIntyre and her family had raised over $170,000 (£136,000) for her campaign with non-profit RIP Medical Debt. The organisation pays off a dollar of medical debt for every penny that is donated, meaning McIntyre's campaign has helped erase up to $17m in unpaid medical bills.


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