Donations are pouring in for the family of Adam Krief, a Jewish father who lost his battle to cancer in March. A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of Krief’s wife and three children has already raised $115,265 in one day, along with a slew of prayers and condolences from well-wishers.
Krief, who was 31, caught the attention of social media and celebrities alike during his quest to find a bone marrow donor.
Kim Kardashian and Mayim Bialik were among the stars who took to social media to help Krief track down a stem cell transplant match.
“My best friend Allison’s 2 year old son is in school with a little boy called Joel, and his dad Adam needs our help! He is 31 and a father of three who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer called primary myelofibrosis. He is desperately searching for a bone marrow match to survive, and you could be that match!!” Kardashian wrote on Facebook.
A donor search campaign set up by Krief and his wife Lia led to 60,000 people enrolling in the international bone marrow and stem cell registry, and resulted in dozens of matches for others suffering from blood cancer.
“As he learned about the difficulty in finding a stem cell donor, Adam was inspired to not only fight for his life, but to use his voice to help others,” a portion from the Hope4Adam GoFundMe reads. “Adam is a true angel who never lost sight of what was truly important - his wife Lia and his three children, and his commitment to help others.”
Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org