Over $67,000 has been raised in just under 24 hours to support progressive Christian writer Rachel Held Evans, who’s been in a medically induced coma since last week due to complications with an infection.
Evans, a 37-year-old blogger and bestselling author, announced on April 14 that she was in the hospital to treat infection and the flu. However, she began later in the week experiencing symptoms that caused her to have constant seizures and was admitted to an intensive care unit.
On Monday, feminist writer and friend Sarah Bessey and other colleagues launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to help support the Evans family, noting that the medical costs for Evans’ stay are “mounting.”
According to the page organizers, a “long road ahead” is anticipated at this time.
“We want to help with those [medical costs] as well as all the accumulating expenses that even decent medical insurance won’t cover,” the GoFundMe page reads. “So many of us would love to do something tangible, like cook a meal or assist with child care, pay for gas to the hospital or clean their house. This is a way for us to gather around the Evanses, making that happen together from many locations around the world.”
In just under 23 hours, as of Tuesday morning, over $63,699 was raised through 1,416 different donations.
“The outpouring of support has been overwhelming,” the organizers wrote in an update Monday afternoon. “We’ve upped our goal in response to your generosity. Saying ‘thank you’ feels inadequate but seriously THANK YOU. #PrayForRHE.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith