A group of young men have turned an attempted good deed gone wrong into an even better cause: helping to raise money for a Mom suffering from breast cancer.
Back in October, a trio of young California men who host an online dating show came up with an original idea to raise money for breast cancer research. The video went viral, getting 4.5 million views. The video (which you can view here) is mildly suggestive and may be offensive to some.
But since the very thing that made the video a hit also made it controversial to some, the charity they gave their money to returned the donation.
Undeterred, the three young men (Kong, Jesse and Jason) decided to put their fundraising dollars to work.
“We read all of your comments and one suggestion kept popping up,” Kong says in the video. “Why don’t we give the money to someone who has breast cancer who really needs it?”
In a video entitled, “How We Spent $14,000,” posted to their YouTube page on Wednesday, the trio pay a personal visit to Crystal Cody, a mother of three who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2009. Cody has lost her health insurance after being forced to quit her job because of her 17 breast cancer operations.
“She lost her job, she lost her insurance,” Kong says. “It sounded like she started losing hope.”
They donated to Cody the $7,000 they raised through their original video along with an additional $7,000 that an anonymous individual gave in a matching donation.
And while the three say they know the $14,000 isn’t enough to cover all of Cody’s medical expenses, they hope their video will raise awareness for her cause.
In addition, they have established an Indiegogo fundraising page for her, which has already raised more than $5,000 in less than one day.
“Looking back, we were so frustrated that our donation was refunded,” Kong said. “But I think it was kind of a blessing in disguise because we got to reach out and make a personal connection with someone and make their life a little bit better.”
Cody, who says her annual chemotherapy treatments cost an excess of $30,000, expressed gratitude for the gesture.