A brave Chivette needs our help. This is Gina’s story (20 Photos)

Before I published this article, Gina handed me a note. It read:

“This illness stripped me of everything and left me dependant, depressed, and hopeless. This is no way to live a life, I know. Y’all have no idea how humbled and blessed I feel to have the Chivers back me up, y’all are heaven sent. Thank you for this second chance at life.”


Gina’s Twitter Machine.

UPDATE: $25,000 in less than 30 minutes. Gina is reading the comments, smiling. We’re blown away.

UPDATE #2: $50,000 in less than an hour. The home stretch, let’s do this!

UPDATE #3: $60,000!!! Crushed the goal in 1 HOUR. Chivers, I don’t know what to say. Gina is, “Speechless.” Many tears here at the office. Will update w/ pics in the DAR.

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  • Hcsopiggy

    Lets do this!!!!

    • SpotJohnny


    • http://twitter.com/LukesThumbs @LukesThumbs

      $60K??? That's weak sauce! I feel 6 digits coming!

      • Lowrent75

        As much as I appreciate your gusto, they cap the donations at the set amount. I do not know if is because of their non-profit status or what not. Keep it up.

        • _DoC_

          You sure about that? The total stands at over 62k and climbing right now. http://chivecharities.org/stories/gina-mercieri

          • Lowrent75

            Yes…They cap it but the program cannot just cut off because of all of the 'in progress' transactions. People are free to donate to the general fund.

    • Azz

      Perhaps we could even purchase her own Hyperbaric chamber. We kinda go big 'round these parts.

      • _DoC_

        The regulations around having a pressure bomb in your basement would probably prevent it even if affordable. But I was thinking the same thing.

        • I don't know

          No, they wouldn't. Type hyperbolic chamber for sale into google and you'll see a few portable hbots for sale.

          • I don't know

            And to add to that many many pro athletes have hyperbolic chambers set up in their homes. I believe micheal Jackson had one too.

          • _DoC_

            Damn, never felt so glad to be wrong! Thats what I get for assuming. Those things are actually affordable – well, as much as a small car is. Most home units are only 4 PSI…I wonder if that is enough for CRPS?

    • Harry


    • Kyle

      Mine won't go through, says limit has been met?…

    • Ricardo Cabeza

      Dammit I gotta find a way to bypass the IT block at work so I can donate. Chivers are too fast and too good.

    • http://twitter.com/LosTorre @LosTorre

      TheChive & Gina kicks so much ass!

    • Awesome

      Wish I could donate even though it's capped! I tried to donate and the webpage gave me "Error: Donation threshold for campaign with ID: 374 has been met.". It should prompt me to then give to the general fund instead. I'd be more than willing!

    • Walter sobcheck

      there has got to be loop hole to allow more donations. like when it caps change to something else like, "blue flower" or "red ball foundation". something!

  • https://www.facebook.com/andrewhagood Andrew Hagood

    This made me tear up…what a strong young woman! Keep it up Gina!! KCCO!!

    • MarcusGeorge ma58645

      I'm piggybacking this because I think it's valuable:
      I don't have a lot of cash to give you Gina, but I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida. and I am willing to donate all my 16 years of experience to help alleviate your symptoms.

      Please know that our DaySpa offers you any amount of my Massage services at no cost. Period.

    • Rod Farva

      A incredible woman, tough as nails, and a stone cold hottie… you're a lucky man Captain.

    • bibby


      her boyfriend's a pretty cool dude too.

  • blue_bronco

    Lets go Chive! We can do it again! Good luck Gina!

    • SpotJohnny

      Lets Crush $100K!!

  • michael

    Love ya gina! From ct with love from courtney and mike

  • http://twitter.com/LosSaysSwag @LosSaysSwag

    This is literally the scariest thing I have ever heard of.

    • svp

      her perseverance is so inspiring

    • Parkview

      Fuck monsters I'm checking for this in my closet
      KCCO I hope the chive nation does everything they can do to help

    • James

      Literally one of the most inspiring things I have ever heard too.

  • GeeROiD


  • Anders

    I get this when donating:

    Notice: Undefined property: AuthorizeNetAIM_Response::$error_message in /home/chivecharities.org/public_html/wp-content/plugins/chive_charities/classes/ChiveOrder.php on line 387 Error:

    • Giblets

      I get the very same message. Trying to donate from Ireland, dunno if that affects anything.

      • Tony

        I got the same message, but then I tried again and it worked. good luck. KCCO!

        • Jim

          I got it as well but just went through the donating process again and it worked fine. Just try again.

        • Giblets

          Yup tried again and got a message saying it worked.

          KCCO Gina I hope we can help you in some way.

        • BJW

          I tried again, but then I got 'A duplicate transaction has been submitted'

  • Tillman61

    Jeez, sweetheart, that's awful. You're a brave little girl. Best wishes for a full recovery.

    I'm in –

    • smith0

      sincere and condescending, well written sir.

  • prankmonkey


    “When my pain finally subsides in the chamber, the first thing that happens is my body jumps at the opportunity for real sleep. For the first time in a year, I actually had a dream.”

    I can't afford to give much, but I'm in. KCCO, Gina x

    • Horus

      Giving when you don't have much to give is the ultimate symbol of kindness. KCCO!

      Don't worry dude, I'll put an extra bit for you.

      • prankmonkey

        Horus, I don't know what to say. It's people like you that renew my faith in human nature. Hugs and a big KCCO, fella

        • Lowrent75

          Beautiful. Nice work Horus.

    • svp

      not much + not much + not much = a lot
      always remember that!

      • prankmonkey

        "UPDATE: $25,000 in less than 30 minutes. Gina is reading the comments, smiling. We’re blown away.

        UPDATE #2: $50,000 in less than an hour. The home stretch, let’s do this!"

        I'm not often lost for words but this, this is just freaking awesome. Just awesome

        • Lowrent75

          I know right? So very cool.

        • Horus

          $61k in less than an hour.

          Go for another $60k eh?

          • prankmonkey

            "$61k in less than an hour.

            Go for another $60k eh?"

            It would be rude not to!

          • prankmonkey

            "UPDATE #3: $60,000!!! Crushed the goal in 1 HOUR. Chivers, I don’t know what to say. Gina is, “Speechless.” Many tears here at the office."

            Sweet jebus, that's just the best thing I've read or heard in the longest time. Tears are not confined to the Chive office x

  • Lowrent75

    Come on folks!

  • daveh873

    Help's on the way. KCCO.

  • pritter72

    Let's Roll Chive! Good luck Gina, a little help is on the way!

  • Taco_Depot

    There goes my paycheck to another good cause.

  • MattyDeuce

    OK Chive Nation, we got this…you know what to do!

  • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

    Done. May you feel the love of theChive and its community….RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!


    • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

      almost 35k as of 3:30CST…hear that?? that's the sound of money screaming across the nation to help a Chivette…


  • Guest

    A fellow granite stater in need? Sign me up. Good luck and kick ass.

  • GRyde

    God bless you Gina. It's time to say a prayer and send some bucks. Peace!

  • Horus

    Just a shout out to Gina, if you and your boyfriend are in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area and need ANYTHING at all, let us all now.

    Us east coast chivers will take care of you.

    • Horus

      My goodness.

      $14,000 in 11 minutes.


  • Coralie

    This is so scary! Help is on the way!

  • Thrill

    KCCO from NC. God bless you.

  • Wood

    I can't even imagine. Lets help this girl!

  • ZenTechnocrat

    We got this. KCCO girl!

  • BrewCrew

    Feels, so many feels. I've got my fellow New Englander's back.

  • Ben

    Could have at least gave us a warning we needed tissues

    • asasasa

      Why are you jerking off? She's not that hot

  • Prettyswellguy

    If you needed a reason to think there was no god, it would be suffering like this that proves it.

    • whoknows

      Understood, however, If you needed a reason to believe their was a God – it would be communities like this, trying to help.

    • PMC

      And the generosity of people who are moved by a stranger's plight is reason to question your assumption.

    • Andyrew711

      instead of offering your views on god, how about showing how good mankind can be, and donate for this Chivette.

      • http://www.jimmyknows.com Jimmy

        If you give $1 to every charity that has their hand stuck out, you'd be in debt to your eyeballs by Friday. I feel for her and hope she gets what she needs.

    • Just sayin...


    • SpecialToast

      This really isn't the time for that. Your user name makes no sense.

    • Horus

      I don't go around asking God "Why did this happen?" but rather "How can I help?". I can only pray that He gives me the strength to reach out and do my part and in turn, when I am in need of help, I pray that others will reach out and do the same for me.

      • Kyle429

        If I could thumbs-up this more than once, I would. Very well put, sir. KCCO and God bless.

      • tonym74

        She was dealt these cards…and is playing them the best way possible.
        Now we deal out some dough!

    • jeff lindsay

      and the reason there is a God is the Chive.

    • HatBomb

      Swell timing, swell guy. That really didn't need to be said right now.

    • geo

      We don't need God. We have the Chive Nation and Gina has Jason and her indomitable will. KCCO

    • _DoC_

      If not for the bad things in life, no one could appreciate the good. Its the bad that makes the good what it is. Otherwise it would just be what is. Also, if not for problems, there would be no human advancement, no achievements, nothing defined as success. Things like this remind us how human we are and to appreciate small things like simply living a pain-free life. It also brings people together and allows the more fortunate ones to realize it. Maybe one day you'll understand.

    • Bluto

      As corny as this sounds… I think it was Mr. Rogers (yes, that Mr. Rogers) who said in an interview one time that when he was a kid and he saw tragedy on the news, his mother told him to look for the helpers. There are always helpers around when something awful happens. And that made him feel better.

      Couldn't agree more with Mr. Rogers.

    • OutdoorFuzzy

      Funny thing…if anything she ever told me was true…then she FULLY believes there's a God…not that I trust her anymore; before you crucify me just know I have reason not to trust her anymore…

    • Goldenage_Geek

      Your name is a bad and you should feel bad.

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