YouTube extraordinaire Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop is known for hosting incredible streams on his birthday, but this year’s celebratory stream was memorable for a different reason. This time around, CouRage and his fans helped raise more than $500,000 for the CDC Foundation in memory of his grandmother who recently passed away from coronavirus.
The streamer, who said earlier this week that this stream was “the most important” of his life, hit his $250,000 donation goal just four hours into his 12-hour stream, but it didn’t stop there. After appearances from the 100 Thieves’ content creators friends like Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag and Call of Duty pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, CouRage went on to double that amount.
“I’ve always looked up to some inspirational people and I never knew where I fit in with the impact I make,” an emotional CouRage says at the end of his stream. “At the end of the day, you always compare yourself and see what other people do and accomplish. But in the last week, I knew what my purpose was.
“I had a feeling that what my grandma wanted me to do was to leave a positive impact and use my platform in a positive way and you know what? I think I can say today that $503,000+ raised, that we did just that.”
I miss you. We miss you. I wish we could be with you again.
But, today we did something good. We fought back.
We raised $503,254 for the CDC Foundation to help fight coronavirus.
I love you. I know you see what we accomplished. Thank you everyone.
– Jack pic.twitter.com/LkMDx9oBlj
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) April 24, 2020
CouRage’s money will go towards helping the CDC Foundation’s coronavirus emergency response fund to deploy emergency staffing to public health agencies, fund medical supplies, increase lab capacity, and more.