Facing death from ovarian cancer at 38, Casey McIntyre devised a plan to transform her mis

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Facing death from ovarian cancer at 38, Casey McIntyre devised a plan to transform her misfortune into a blessing for strangers.

The New York City book publisher arranged to use money raised in her memory to buy up the medical debt of others – and then pay it off, according to a website which assisted her philanthropic effort and as of Friday had collected nearly all of her six-figure goal.

“A note to my friends: If you’re reading this, I have passed away,” read a recent post on McIntyre’s account on X – the social media platform formerly known as Twitter – which partly served to detail her campaign. “I’m so sorry. It’s horseshit and we both know it. The cause was stage four ovarian cancer.”

After describing how much she, her family and her friends loved each other, McIntyre’s account linked to her campaign at RIP Medical Debt’s website.

Her accompanying farewell message added: “To celebrate my life, I’ve arranged to buy up others’ medical debt and then destroy the debt. I am so lucky to have had access to the best medical care at [the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York] and am keenly aware that so many in our country don’t have access to good care.”

As of late Friday morning, her campaign with the New York-based nonprofit had raised nearly $140,000 of her $150,000 goal, amid a climate in which an estimated 100 million Americans are saddled with a total of about $195bn in medical debt.

Donations to RIP Medical Debt poured in by the minute as McIntyre’s story went viral on media channels that spotlight uplifting news.

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Photograph: Casey McIntyre’s X account



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