When Casey McIntyre was planning her own memorial service, she decided she didn't want it to be all doom and gloom. The 38-year-old New Yorker had stage four ovarian cancer. And as her condition worsened, she knew she'd soon be leaving behind her husband and 18-month-old daughter. But, she also decided to leave behind a legacy – one that would change the lives of Americans saddled with hospital bills they couldn't afford to pay. "Casey is a very joyous person and we wanted there to be an element of joy to the ceremony. And we had this idea for, you know: What if we raise money to relieve debt?" McIntyre died on November 12. Two days later, her husband posted a statement on her social media accounts asking people to donate to RIP Medical Debt, a US charity that buys up health-care debt and destroys it. As of the publication date of the story, her online fundraiser had collected more than $800,000. The charity says that is enough to wipe out $80 million in medical debt across the US.

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