Bill Ackman Donates to $280K GoFundMe for Teen Critically Injured in School Fight

Community rallies with overwhelming support for injured teen's recovery.

by Zain ul Abedin
Bill Ackman Donates to $280K GoFundMe for Teen Critically Injured in School Fight
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In a heart-wrenching turn of events that has rallied the community and garnered nationwide attention, a crowdfunding initiative for a teenage girl critically injured in a harrowing incident has surged past $280,000. The outpouring of support comes in the wake of a vicious altercation just steps away from her high school, leaving the young victim fighting for her life in the hospital.

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Ackman, known for his significant contributions to various causes, stepped forward with a generous donation of $10,000 to the GoFundMe campaign dedicated to assisting 15-year-old Kaylee Gain and her family during this trying time.

Ackman's donation was made under his full name, "William Ackman," marking him as a leading benefactor in the campaign initiated earlier this week. David Humphreys, another prominent donor, matched Ackman's contribution, further highlighting the gravity of the situation and the community's eagerness to support the victim.

Kaylee Gain is currently in a critical condition, battling severe brain injuries—including major bleeding and swelling—after the altercation near Hazelwood East High School in Spanish Lake, St. Louis. The incident, which took place on a Friday afternoon, was shockingly captured on video, showing the young girl being forcefully pushed to the ground and her head repeatedly struck against the concrete, rendering her motionless.

This disturbing footage quickly spread across social media platforms, amassing over 14 million views in just three days, and sparking widespread outrage and concern for the victim's well-being. In response to the attack, the St.

Louis County Police Department swiftly arrested a 15-year-old girl, now facing assault charges and held by the St. Louis County Family Court.

Kaylee's Fundraising Triumph

The GoFundMe page established for Kaylee has seen contributions from over 6,000 donors, raising a total of $282,904 to aid in covering her medical expenses.

The campaign's organizers have assured donors that every contribution, regardless of size, will directly support Kaylee and her family during these distressing times, helping to alleviate the financial burden of her medical care and allowing her loved ones to remain by her side.

Despite the severity of her condition, marked by a skull fracture and frontal lobe damage, Kaylee's parents remain hopeful for her recovery, expressing their gratitude towards the medical professionals working tirelessly to provide her with the best possible care.

They shared their sentiments on a secondary GoFundMe page, emphasizing their appreciation for the community's overwhelming support. The brutal nature of the attack has prompted calls for justice, with Missouri's Attorney General Andrew Bailey labeling the act as "evil" and advocating for the assailant to be tried as an adult.

This case has reignited discussions around the "Raise the Age" legislation in Missouri, which seeks to adjust the age at which teenagers can be tried as adults, further complicating the legal proceedings in such cases. As the community and the nation watch closely, Kaylee Gain's story and the incredible surge of support for her recovery underscore the profound impact of collective empathy and action in the face of tragedy.