Alexis Gould is a 15-year-old dancer on the drill team at Cyprus High School in Utah. In September, she experienced severe back pain after performing at the homecoming football game. Thinking the pain resulted from appendicitis or kidney stones, Gould's parents took her to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, only to discover the real cause.
This 15-year-old girl had neuroblastoma, cancer of the nerves.
After students from Gould's school found out about their classmate's diagnosis, they rallied behind her with incredible support. The hashtag #AlexisStrong was used on social media, t-shirts and bracelets. The school hosted a fundraiser during a football game to help Gould's parents pay for the mounting medical bills.
One donor pledged $40,000 to the Gould family.
"That's obviously a very substantial donation, and so we were very, very grateful for that," her mother Emily Gould told Good4Utah.
The donor said the $40,000 was credited to the Gould account at the hospital. However, a few weeks later, the Gould family discovered something shocking.
The $40,000 pledge never came in.
"It became more and more clear that that donation was not a reality and was never going to be one," she said to Good4Utah.
While Gould's mother knew that the donor had good intentions, it was still heartbreaking for the family as they struggled to pay for the medical expenses.
After the $40,000 donation hoax, a miracle happened.
A GoFundMe campaign was created to help the Gould family with their medical bills. 200 people raised over $25,000 during a two-day span.
Most of the donors were strangers.
(H/T: ABC News)