Goldin Martinez thought he would end up on the streets until a teacher changed his world with one simple act. Now, he's dedicated his life to helping kids get books—with exercise. He set up a GoFundMe to get his program, Get Focused, off the ground and was named Sept 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Nathan has quadriplegia and requires a custom $4,500 wheelchair in order to move about comfortably. When his wheelchair was stolen from a Boise State football game, the community rallied around Nathan and his family and raised over $20K for his new chair.
When Matt White learned about a single mom in Tucson who lives in her car with a son with special needs, he started a GoFundMe to help get them back on their feet. In just two weeks, he raised over $6,000 to help their family afford an RV.
Three elementary school students in southeast Texas started a virtual lemonade stand to raise money for their teachers who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. In just a few weeks, they raised over $2,000.
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.