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YouCaring is a free crowdfunding website for personal and charitable causes. YouCaring runs entirely on donations and does not charge a fee for their platform, though their donation processors (PayPal, WePay, and Stripe) charge fees.
- Musical group Doomtree created a YouCaring campaign for rapper P.O.S to help cover the secondary costs associated with a kidney transplant.
- Science fiction author Jay Lake used the website to pay for whole genome sequencing, towards the "small possibility that the results of such a test...may suggest a treatment path" for his colon cancer, which since 2008 has "progressed from a single tumor to metastatic disease affecting the lung and liver, recurring after multiple surgeries and chemotherapy courses." After his successful campaign, Lake publicly criticized Paypal for the terms and processes the company uses when it thinks there's a fraud risk. His experience was cited in news coverage over Paypal's public promise to introduce "aggressive changes" to its frozen funds policy.
- Kayleigh Kulp, “Need Cash for Health Care? Ask!: How crowdfunding websites can help you pay for expenses”, AARP, June 2012.
- Kayleigh Kulp, “How to Use Crowdfunding to Cover Health-Care Bills”, Fox Business, 27 April, 2012.
- Eliza Barclay, “The Sick Turn To Crowd Funding To Pay Medical Bills”, NPR, 24 October, 2012.
- Lily Rothman, “Musician Health Care Crisis: Rapper P.O.S. Crowdfunds New Kidney”, Time, 1 November 2012
- "Sequence a Science Fiction Writer". YouCaring. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- Pepitone, Julianne (January 21, 2013). "PayPal: 'Aggressive changes' coming to frozen funds policy". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
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