Celia Torres

Celia Torres raised $5,575 of her $5,555 goal toward a down payment on a new, ultralight wheelchair on GoFundMe. Alexandra Yount, Ms. Alabama 2015, is one of many state-level Ms. Wheelchair representatives who have used the platform to raise travel funds. And some users, like newly-injured Leanne Taylor, create campaigns to meet the costs of their changed life, such as home mods.

These three women are part of a trend, says GoFundMe spokesperson Katherine Cichy. “Recently, our team has seen a rise in women with disabilities creating campaigns to support them in their unique journeys of self-acceptance, body positivity and independence,” she says.
Since the site’s inception in 2010, over $5 billion has been raised to support a wide variety of people and projects. For those interested in setting up a campaign, Cichy recommends visiting goo.gl/6HG3CC.